There are many different ways to enjoy low carb desserts these days without skimping on either flavor or feeling full! All it takes is a little forethought and a few small adjustments to the recipes to turn what may seem like a carbohydrate overload into a low carb version.
As a lot of the carbohydrates found in desserts and sweet foods in general come from sugar, a simple method of reducing the carb content in many recipes is to substitute the white refined sugar with a liquid sweetener, such as Agave nectar or Splenda sweetener.
1. Apple and Cherry Cobbler
For the biscuit topping of this traditional recipe, use whole wheat flour as well as all-purpose flour to boost the fiber content and lower the overall carb content. Shredded orange peel, cinnamon, unsweetened cherries and thinly sliced apples can effectively halve the regular carb count in this hearty dessert from around 70 to 30 carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
2. Ricotta and Lemon Pie
This refreshingly light dessert comes in at a mere 2 carbs per serving, as well as just 123 calories to boot. Very simple to make, the ricotta cheese and sugar substitute are great ways to lower the carb count here. Mixed with egg yolks and then baked in the oven for 25 minutes, it is quick, easy and tastes great. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
Use low-fat cream cheese combined with vanilla and lemon juice for a deliciously creamy topping for this dessert, as well as a liquid sweetener to reduce the carb count again. For the crust of the cheesecake, instead of using crushed graham crackers, try a cup of almond meal instead. When mixed with melted butter, it will render a deliciously crumbly base that is a fantastic lower carb alternative.
4. Chocolate Cake
Yes, believe it or not even chocolate cake can be given the low carb makeover! Use a granulated sweetener such as Splenda instead of regular sugar, and make sure to choose an unsweetened cocoa powder for the mix. Also add in a couple of tablespoons of chocolate flavored whey protein–the kind you can find at health food stores–and some soy flour instead of regular flour. This tip will leave you with a delicious chocolate dessert that will contain an astonishingly low 26 net grams of carbohydrate for the whole cake.
5. Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream
By using half ‘n’ half and double cream, this recipe can be a little on the heavy side when it comes to the fat content. But a 1/2 cup serving will contain just 4.5 carbs–a relatively small amount. This is accomplished by using sugar free dark chocolate chips and a sugar substitute instead to sweeten the ice cream. Some peppermint extract will add a fresh mint flavor with just a few drops, reducing the carb count even further.