While there’s nothing wrong with a sweet ending to a great meal, most recipes and packaged treats use sweeteners that have empty calories and zero nutritional benefit. But swap the table sugar, agave, and high fructose corn syrup for fruit, and you’ll satisfy a craving and give your body vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that it needs. Plus the fruit’s fiber slows the absorption of the sugars in your bloodstream, meaning no sugar high followed by a crash, no hunger cravings an hour after dinner, and no urge to nap post-meal.
All of these recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and extremely flexible: Pair seasonal fruit with the fudge dip; top the crepes with your favorite fruit or dip and a scoop of banana cream; turn the excess coconut milk from soaking dates into popsicles; and add whatever kind of nuts you like to the truffles. You’ll be so infatuated, you may toss the granulated white stuff for good.