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Light & Easy: 20 Naturally Sweet Desserts for the New Year

Every January I try to do my body a favor and step down from sugar. It seems that in December my sugar intake doubles or triples with all the terrific Christmas sweets in my kitchen. I don’t mind indulging, but it is important to right the ship after a few weeks of fun. Of course, just because I want to eat healthier, doesn’t mean I want to give up sweets altogether. Instead I focus on treats that are naturally sweetened with just a touch of honey or agave, or maybe just a great new way to eat fruit because it satisfies any sweets craving. It is not about torturing myself, it is just about eating smart. Keeping desserts light and easy is a great way to start off the New Year.

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    Light & Easy: 20 Naturally Sweet Desserts for the New Year

    If you are taking a break from sugar, click through for some naturally sweetened dessert ideas!

  • Strawberry Date Smoothie 2 of 21
    Strawberry Date Smoothie

    Dates and strawberries give this smoothie fantastic flavor with a completely natural sweetness. Whip this up in the blender after dinner when you are in the mood for a sweet treat. Or, enjoy it as an afternoon snack!

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Nutty Date Balls 3 of 21
    Nutty Date Balls

    These treats aren't just for Christmas. They are no-bake cookie bites naturally sweetened with honey and dates. Enjoy one or two after dinner for a sweet treat.

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Sugar Free Hot Chocolate 4 of 21
    Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

    Replace your weeknight nosh with a sweet sugar-free sip. This easy hot chocolate recipe is a nice warm treat after dinner without any added sugar. Plus, it will keep you warm on a cold winter night!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Tofu Chocolate Pudding 5 of 21
    Tofu Chocolate Pudding

    This silky pudding is made with surprisingly healthy ingredients. It include tofu, agave, and raw cocoa and is healthy to boot. Enjoy a sweet spoonful without any of the guilt.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Orange Julius Smoothie 6 of 21
    orange julius smoothie

    If you need a sweet fix but don't want to guzzle empty calories make this smoothie. It tastes like the Orange Julius you remember but without the guilt.

    Photo: Robyn Stone

  • Raw Chocolate Strawberry Pie 7 of 21
    Raw Chocolate Strawberry Pie

    If you are serving your family a sugar-free diet than make this dreamy pie. It is made with completely raw ingredients and tastes like a burst of fresh strawberries in every bite.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Coconut Berry Cakes 8 of 21
    Coconut Berry Cakes

    These amazing cakes are made with shredded beets and sweetened with fruits. It really tastes like a moist delicious slice of cake without any unnecessary calories.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cookies 9 of 21
    sugar free pumpkin cookies

    You don't have to give up cookies just because you want to give up sugar. These naturally sweetened pumpkin cookies are the best for noshing after dinner. Make them with your kids and everyone can enjoy them!

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Chocolate Coconut Layered Fudge Bars 10 of 21
    Chocolate Coconut Layered Fudge Bars

    This raw version of the 7-layer bar is naturally sweetened. It is full of fudgy coconut flavor and is the perfect natural treat for keeping those New Year's resolutions.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers 11 of 21
    Rainbow Fruit Skewers

    To have a little fun with your sugar-free resolutions make these fun fruit skewers. They are beautiful to look at and full of natural sweet flavors.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Mango Lassi 12 of 21
    mango lassi

    A traditional lassi with mango is a great after-dinner sip or morning refresher. It is naturally sweet and is perfect for even the youngest sugar-free eater.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Raw Chocolate Shake 13 of 21
    raw chocolate shake

    This chocolate shake is made with raw cocoa and is sweetened naturally. It is a great alternative to a chocolate milkshake and is so good you'll never miss the sugar!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Meyer Lemon-Ginger Fruit Bowl 14 of 21
    Meyer Lemon Ginger Fruit Salad

    A sweet fruit salad is a natural way to satisfy sweets cravings without any added sugars. Be sure to add a little spice or fresh herbs for fun flavors!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Grilled Pineapple 15 of 21
    Grilled Pineapple

    Grilled pineapple is a great naturally sweet dessert. Brush it with a little agave and lime and you've got a fantastic flavor combination. Plus, you can make it on your stovetop grill!

    Photo: Jennifer Leal

  • Fruit & Yogurt Parfait 16 of 21
    fruit and yogurt parfait

    Take a lot of your favorite chopped fruit and layer it with yogurt for a fun new way to look at dessert. This naturally sweet treat is festive and fun and will put a big smile on your face in January!

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Raspberry Coconut Popsicles 17 of 21
    raspberry coconut popsicles

    Frozen treats like these popsicles can make terrific naturally sweet desserts. Make them with your favorite fruit, and sweeten it with a little fruit juice and coconut water for a bright, refreshing after-dinner snack.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Fruity Coconut Water Frosty 18 of 21
    Fruity Coconut Water Frosty

    Remember the Frosty? Make your own at home for dessert! Best of all, it is made with natural fruits and coconut water and rewards you with all the flavors of your favorite fast-food sip.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Chocolate Frosty 19 of 21
    chocolate frosty

    A milkshake is always delicious, but it is full of calories and sugar. Make this sugar-free Frosty and you can still get all the intense chocolate flavor you want without any of those!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Pineapple Raisin Tamales 20 of 21
    pineapple raisin tamales

    For a traditional sugar-free Mexican dessert make these pineapple and raisin tamales. They are naturally sweet and great for serving the whole family.

    Photo: Nicole Presley

  • Strawberry Kiwi Mango Salsa 21 of 21
    Strawberry Kiwi Mango Salsa

    Make this sweet salsa for dessert. Enjoy it with tortilla chips or even vegetables. It is a great way to enjoy sweet fruity flavors without any sugar.

    Photo: Brooke McLay

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