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Sick of all the sugar? Need a break from the seasonal onslaught of candy? At iNatural, we know sugar in excess negatively affects health. Instead of turning to sugary treats, try these sugar-free ideas to celebrate the season in a healthy way.

(Let’s define “sugar-free!” When we say sugar-free, we mean there is no added sugar to these treats. We do take advantage of the natural sugars found in fruits and honey. However, a piece of fruit — whatever its glycemic index — is healthier than mass-produced candy full of refined sugars and other chemicals.)

Seasonal treats don’t have to be bursting with refined, added sugar. iNatural recommends:

  • Spiced nuts: We think Clean Eating Chelsey’s Cocoa Roasted Almonds look divine.
  • Popcorn: Pop your own on the stovetop to avoid the chemicals found in processed bags of popcorn. We like Baked Bree’s method.
  • Chai Tea: As an added bonus, chai spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves have numerous health benefits.
  • Apple cider: Try it homemade without added sugar, like this recipe from Healthful Pursuit.
  • Fruit: What could be simpler? Whether it be fresh apples or dried raisins, fruit is nature’s candy.

For something a bit more polished, try these insanely simple, sugar-free date nut truffles. With the natural sweetness of the dates, no added sugar is necessary!

Sugar-Free Date Nut Truffles

Sugar-Free Date Nut Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (about 10 oz) of pitted dates
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • extra cocoa powder or salt to garnish
  1. Place the almonds into a food processor. Pulse until the nuts are finely chopped.
  2. Add pitted dates to the food processor. Pulse until dates form small chunks (about 30 seconds).
  3. Add the cocoa powder and salt to the food processor. Process until the mixture clumps together in a coarse paste, stopping to scrape the sides of the processor as needed.
  4. Roll the mixture into small, quarter-sized balls between your hands. Place on a plate and garnish with either a pinch of cocoa powder or salt.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the truffles to set. Serve chilled. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Don’t get lost in the sea of sugar that seems to define celebrations at this time of year! The next time you’re craving a seasonal treat, get inspired by one of these sugar-free options.


This has been Olivia, the iNatural blogger. I’ve been making these ridiculously easy date nut truffles since college, when my roommate and I tried to create something healthy to bring to a holiday party. I’ve been tinkering with the recipe ever since. Feel free to substitute ingredients to achieve different flavors– try different nuts, bits of other dried fruits, different spices. Come up with a unique and tasty combination? Have I missed your favorite sugar-free treat? Let me know!

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