We all love a good dessert, but if you’re trying to eat less processed sugar, it can be hard to get the sweetness you may be craving in a dessert. That’s where dates come in! Dates are deliciously and naturally sweet, and using them to sweeten your desserts will help you eat less processed sugar.
Try out these 15 date-sweetened dessert recipes from our Food Monster App to get you started!
1. Double Decker Carrot Cake
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No-bake carrot cake with a silky cashew cream cheese frosting? Yes please! If you like carrot cake, you will love this Double Decker Carrot Cake from Michaell Johnson that has zero consequences. You can eat this vegan carrot cake for breakfast, lunch dinner, or dessert, guilt free!
2. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts
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These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts from Amanda Smith are packed with all kinds of goodies. Made from dates, almonds, buckwheat, coconut, and cacao, they’ll fulfill your craving for something sweet while leaving you feeling nourished and energetic. Plus, they’re topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. Yum!
3. Raw Cacao and Cardamom Cream Tartlets
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You’ve got to try these Raw Cacao and Cardamom Cream Tartlets from Clémence Moulaert — we’re becoming bigger fans of chocolate + cardamom with every new recipe we try. It’s a flavor combination that is highly underrated!
4. Chocolate Fudge Truffles
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5. Raw Carrot-Orange Cupcakes With Coconut Cream
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These Raw Carrot-Orange Cupcakes With Coconut Cream from Adam Graczynski are a burst of fresh, citrusy goodness that is perfect for spring! The “cupcake” is made from sweet, sticky dates, orange, warm spices, coconut, and carrot and they’re topped with whipped coconut cream.
6. Oreo Cheesecake Tartlet With Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
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These Oreo Cheesecake Tartlets With Chocolate Ganache Drizzle from Rita Marie are the perfect treat to make when you are craving just a little bit of sweetness in your life. This Oreo-style cheesecake is melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Share them with the other Oreo-lovers in your life or keep them all to yourself. We won’t tell.
7. Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge
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This Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge recipe from Pauline Hanuise is not only delicious and decadent but it’s also good for you and super simple! It only takes five minutes to prepare and you only need five ingredients!
8. Ferrero Rocher Copycat
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These Ferrero Rocher Copycat balls from Amarilis Moldes are perfect to impress your guests at any occasion! They are a healthy alternative to the real Ferrero Rocher chocolates. You can also melt some dark chocolate and add an extra layer of chocolatey goodness to these awesome treats!
9. Raw Orange and Chocolate Cake
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Chocolate and orange is one of the best citrusy and sweet combinations that is reminiscent of fall, winter, and seasonal holidays. This Raw Orange and Chocolate Cake recipe from Lili Basic Capaccetti lets you enjoy the tasty combo while still being healthy! The orange juice and orange peel give a lovely refreshing citrusy note that goes so well with other flavors.
10. 15-Minute Banana Caramel Fudge Tart
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When it comes to quick desserts, this 15-Minute Banana Caramel Fudge Tart from Karen Kitto is going to become one of your favorites! Made with fairly standard pantry staples, it’s something you could whip up in an instant, stick it in the fridge and voila, you have a dessert, snack, treat or just a plain old late night indulgence.
11. Matcha Zebra Cheesecake
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Matcha has a special place in our heart because it is super high in antioxidants, more potent than regular green tea, and it has a smooth and delicious flavor. It’s also worth mentioning that the vibrant green color is beautiful! This all makes matcha a great ingredient not only for drinks, but for desserts! This Matcha Zebra Cheesecake from Maya Sozer is creamy but light, absolutely delicious and flavorful, and very aesthetically pleasing.
12. Creamy Raw Chocolate Espresso Pie
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Your guests will never believe this Creamy Raw Chocolate Espresso Pie from Erin Druga is healthy! The crust is made from almonds and dates and the filling is made from soaked cashews, brewed coffee and espresso beans — it’s a coffee lover’s dream!
13. Caramel, Hazelnut, and Coffee Tartlets With Chocolate Ganache
These Caramel, Hazelnut, and Coffee Tartlets With Chocolate Ganache from Pamela Higgins may be small but they are packed full of a more flavor than most full sized tarts. The crust is made with coconut oil and hazelnut and then topped with a creamy date caramel and finished off with a rich, chocolate ganache. This recipe makes enough to share . . . thought you probably won’t want to.
14. Black Bean Fudge Brownies With Sweet Potato Caramel
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Everybody loves brownies, but brownies with caramel are by far the best. This Black Bean Fudge Brownies With Sweet Potato Caramel recipe from Ashley Madden uses a rich chocolate, black bean, and date brownie batter and then marbles homemade sweet potato caramel throughout the dessert.
15. Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll
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In spite of the name, Swiss rolls are actually thought to have originated in Austria. Regardless of where they come from, they’re a delicious treat worthy of any occasion. This Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll from Adam Graczynski can be enjoyed by many because it’s gluten-free and grain-free; the chocolatey outer roll is made from dates and almonds and it’s stuffed with a cashew cream filling that can also be made with macadamia.
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