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Flourless Sugar-Free Desserts

By Aglaee Jacob

Most people trying to limit their carbohydrate intake avoid eating flour and sugar. Flour and sugar are rich in carbohydrates and calories, and do not provide a lot of nutrition value. Instead, you can prepare tasty and satisfying desserts that do not contain any flour or added sugar, although they may contain small quantities of naturally occurring sugar.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is the perfect healthy treat for chocolate lovers. To avoid including any sugar to your diet, choose dark chocolate containing at least 85 percent cocoa. Two to three squares of dark 85 percent chocolate contains 105 to 158 calories, 4 to 6 g of carbohydrates, 1.5 to 2.2 g of fiber and 2.5 to 3.8 g of sugar. This amount of sugar is very small, but if you wish to completely eliminate sugar, choose dark chocolate with 99 percent cocoa. Two to three squares of chocolate with 99 percent cacao provide 100 to 150 calories, 6.5 to 9.8 g of carbohydrates, 3 to 4.5 g of fiber and 0 g of sugar.

Berries Topped With Mediterranean Yogurt

For a flourless dessert that does not contain any added sugar, select about 1 cup of berries, such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. Top your berries with 1/2 cup of plain Mediterranean yogurt. This yogurt is thick and creamy but is free of added sugar. You can also top your dessert with 1 tbsp. of dried, unsweetened shredded coconut if you like. If you choose strawberries as your fruit, your dessert will contain 194 calories, 17.3 g of carbohydrates, 2.3 g of fiber and 10.9 g of naturally occurring sugar. The coconut adds about 90 calories, 3 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of fiber and 0 g of sugar.

Baked Apple

For a comforting dessert on a chilly day, prepare a baked apple. Wash your apple thoroughly and remove the core. You can fill the center of the apple with a mixture of 1/2 oz. of walnuts, 1/2 tbsp. of dried, unsweetened shredded coconut and 1/2 tbsp. of almond butter. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until soft. This dessert does not contain any added sugar or flour and contains 265 calories, 26.2 g of carbohydrates, 6.2 g of fiber and 16.4 g of naturally occurring sugar.

Fresh Fruit and Cheese

You can end your meal with a platter of fresh fruits and cheese. Include small pieces of any type of cheese you like, such as sharp cheddar, goat cheese, brie and blue cheese, along with fruits. You can have a few slices of apples and pears, some grapes and strawberries, if you like. This fruit and cheese platter is free of flour and added sugar, but contains naturally occurring sugar in the fruits. Alternatively, you can mix your favorite fruits with cottage cheese. Try diced mango, pineapple or strawberries for a treat that only contains natural sugars from fruits.

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