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    Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Mar 29, 2015

    21 Delicious Treats That Are Sweetened With Fruit, Not Sugar

    These delicious treats have been sweetened with fruit or fruit juice only; no added sugar allowed. Show your sweet tooth some TLC.

    Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Sugar is pretty bad for us and we already eat a ton of it. But foregoing delicious desserts is one huge NOPE. Get involved with these treats, all sweetened only with fruit or fruit juice. Still sugar? Yes. But it's sugar that comes with the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber (which means slower absorption, which means no spikes in blood sugar) found in fruit. YUM.

    1. Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies

    ohsheglows.com

    What are you going to do, not eat cookies for breakfast? These are nice and sweet thanks to the bananas and (no-sugar-added) jam. Recipe here.

    2. 2-Ingredient Pancakes

    topwithcinnamon.com

    Good morning, beautiful. Hope you like banana pancakes! Optional add-ins: nut butter, cinnamon, berries, coconut, anything else your heart desires. Recipe here.

    3. Tropical Fruit Bites

    everylastbite.com

    Dense, tangy, and perfectly sweet thanks to dried mango, apricots, and unsweetened shredded coconut. Recipe here.

    4. Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch Cereal

    ibreatheimhungry.com

    If you want to start your day with toasty cinnamon hold the pile of sugar, this grown-up version (sweetened with apple juice) of the beloved cereal is for you. Recipe here.

    5. Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

    southerninlaw.com

    If banana bread and oatmeal had a baby (which would be weird) it would be this delicious concoction. Recipe here.

    6. 4-Ingredient Granola Bars

    itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

    The best granola is homemade granola; it's just the right amount crunchy and gets its (not too) sweet flavor from dates and any extra dried fruit you want to add. Recipe here.

    7. Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls

    everylastbite.com

    Tart + sweet + nutty = win. Recipe here.

    8. Whole Wheat Apple Spice Muffins

    ifoodreal.com

    Light, sweet, and appley, whether you have these for breakfast or dessert is no business of ours. And they're sweetened with dates and applesauce. Recipe here.

    9. 2-Ingredient Cookies

    pureella.com

    Tasty things to add to keep these cookies (made from super ripe bananas) sugar free: carob chips (chocolate chips contain sugar), dried fruit, nuts, or seeds. Recipe here.

    10. Chocolate, Walnut, and Maca Energy Bites

    choosingraw.com

    These little delights get their sweetness from medjool dates and their chocolaty flavor from cacao powder. And you can swap out the walnuts for the nuts or seeds of your choice and add cinnamon or chili powder for some zest. Recipe here.

    11. Sweet Sesame Cookies

    choosingraw.com

    These vegan cookies call for tahini and homemade date paste (water + dates, soaked, then blended in a food processor), so you can imagine the sweet savoriness that's happening here. Recipe here.

    12. Black Bean Brownies

    ifoodreal.com

    These call for optional chocolate chips, but you can use carob chips instead to keep these refined-sugar-free. Or go chipless; these are chocolaty and moist enough as is. Recipe here.

    13. Banana Ice Cream

    skinnytaste.com

    Frozen bananas make a remarkably smooth frozen dessert. Top with berries, nuts, shredded coconut, whatever you love. Recipe here.

    14. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Truffles

    nutritionstripped.com

    From the goji berries and pumpkin seeds to the cinnamon and sweet potato, these are full of unusual — but deliciously sweet and savory — flavors. Recipe here.

    15. Blondie Fig Fudge Squares

    nutritionstripped.com

    These gluten-free fudge blondies get their sweetness from dried figs and can be made with almond butter or cashew butter. And the recipe provides a no-bake option. Yum. Recipe here.

    16. Clean Baked Banana Nut Oatmeal Bars

    ifoodreal.com

    Keep these dense, delicious bars added-sugar-free by substituting carob chips for the optional chocolate chips. Or add dried fruit instead! Recipe here.

    17. Strawberry Sage Popsicles

    wholenewmom.com

    Level up your pop game with these three-ingredient frozen treats. Recipe here.

    18. Raw Zucchini Bread Truffles

    nutritionstripped.com

    These raw, vegan truffles are sticky, sweet (yum, dates!), and perfect. And, hey, vegetables. Recipe here.

    19. Cookie Dough Dip

    chocolatecoveredkatie.com

    A healthier cookie dough with peanut butter and (no-sugar-added, raw) chocolate chips? Our prayers have been answered. Recipe here.

    20. Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

    notsodesperatehousewife.com

    Make with any nut butter and the jam of your choice (or homemade roasted strawberry jam; recipe within). Recipe here.

    21. Harvest Breakfast Cookies

    detoxinista.com

    Finally something paleo enthusiasts and vegans can agree on: these incredible cookies, which are nice and sweet thanks to pumpkin puree, dates, and banana. Recipe here.

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