Saying no to refined sugar doesn’t mean you have to say no to satisfying after-dinner treats. Indulge in one of these sweet-tasting eats instead


Grilled pineapple

Fresh pineapple is delicious on its own, but try it grilled and it’s something else entirely – molten, sticky and incredibly moreish. Try drizzling slices with honey, lime and cinnamon for an additional tangy hit.

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Smoothie bowl

Filled with blitzed fresh fruit, smoothie bowls have the consistency of ice-cream, making them perfect for pudding and breakfast. Toppings often include chia, toasted almonds and coconut flakes. This recipe includes a pinch of your favourite granola, too – just be sure to check the sugar content first if you’re being purist about saying no to the refined stuff. 

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Carob bites

We know what you’re thinking – how can these possibly be sugar free? Trust us, they are. Medjool dates and maple syrup bring sweetness without sugar, while avocado adds a certain creaminess that will keep you coming back for more.

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Chia seed pudding

These pretty little pots are packed with flavour and goodness. Plump blueberries, hunks of mango and a lick of raw honey should satiate your need for something sweet, while the creaminess of almond milk and chia will fool your palette into thinking it’s eating something far more indulgent than it really is.

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Raw cacau bark

Worry not – no trees were harmed in the making of this raw cacau bark. It’s the brilliantly brittle texture that gives it its name. Snap it into chunks and pop in your mouth while no one is looking. 

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Raw carrot cake

Giving up sugar doesn’t mean having to give up cake. This version is made with a cashew cream frosting and contains no refined sugar or flour.

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Raw Carrot Cake

Via: Instagram / wholeheartedeats


Pumpkin caramel bars

Proving pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, these dense and sticky sensations are brimming with natural flavour – from medjool dates to ginger and coconut water. 

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Raw chocolate mousse

Light, creamy and with distinctive chocolate, albeit sugar-free taste – this fabulous mousse should hit the spot.

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Raw Chocolate Mousse

Via: Angela Liddon |


Coconut pancakes

Love pancakes but trying to stay off sugar? The good news is you can have your (pan)cake and eat it with these fluffy coconut flour and raw honey versions.

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Banana oatmeal cookies

These sticky, crunchy, buttery-seeming cookies will have you wondering why you didn’t give up sugar yonks ago.

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Sunrise tarts

If summer had a taste, this would be it. Layers of raspberry, mango, shredded coconut and goji coming together like rays of sunshine dancing in your mouth. 

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