Sugar-Free Recipes for the New Year

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It’s the first Monday of 2015, which means there are probably quite a few “resolutions” starting today. If one of your resolutions includes cleaning up your diet and reducing the added sugar in your life, these recipes should help.

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They’re all free of added sweeteners, even natural ones like honey, maple syrup, and stevia, so you can stay on track with your goals and enjoy the process as you go!

1. Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Boats

spaghetti squash enchillada bowlsThis grain-free meal is one of my favorites at this time of the year. It has all of the flavor of an enchilada, while still being light on your digestion!

2. Sweet Potato Queso

chip dipped in sweet potato queso

In case you’re cutting back on dairy, too, this sweet potato based queso is a delicious alternative! Serve it as a dip, or as a topping over your favorite cooked vegetables for a comforting dish.

3. Cajun Zucchini Noodle Pasta

cajun zucchini noodle pasta in a bowl

This vegetable based dish is a delicious low-carb alternative to pasta. It’s hot and spicy and sure to warm you up!

4. Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry

lentil, sweet potato, and coconut curry in a pot

This vegan dish is warm and hearty, and couldn’t be much easier to prepare!

5. Chocolate Banana Protein Shake

chocolate banana protein shake in a glass mug with a straw

This frosty chocolate shake is exclusively sweetened with fruit, and has a slushy texture reminiscent of an authentic milkshake.

6. Baked Vegetable Marinara

baked vegetable marinara in a dish

This dish reminds me of baked spaghetti, but uses spaghetti squash instead of traditional pasta for a lighter dish. Be sure to check the label on your marinara sauce to make sure there’s no added sugar. (Amy’s Organic Pasta Sauce is one option that’s sugar-free.)

7. Mushroom & Quinoa Risotto

mushroom and quinoa risotto on a plate

I call this my “cheater’s risotto” because it takes half the time to prepare when compared to traditional risotto, and it’s pretty difficult to mess up! Since it’s made with quinoa, instead of rice, it’s also loaded with complete protein and can be ready in no time.

8. Creamy Cauliflower Soup

creamy cauliflower soup in a bowl

This dairy-free soup has a brief ingredient list and gets its creamy texture from cashews instead of heavy cream.

9. Avocado Caesar Salad

avocado caesar salad in a bowl

There’s a reason this recipe is wildly popular with readers– it has all of the garlicky-Caesar-salad taste you love, without the need for the anchovies or mayonnaise that some recipes call for.

10. Classic Greek Salad Dressing

salad on a plate with classic greek dressing

This dressing is a welcome addition to any of your favorite salad ingredients, without the need for sugar.

11. Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

cheesy spaghetti squash casserole on a plate

This dish is one of my favorite comfort foods. It reminds me of my mom’s “cheesy hash brown casserole,” but is made with low-carb spaghetti squash for a lighter variation.

12. Goat Yogurt Ranch

goat yogurt ranch in a small glass bowl

This dip is brimming with gut-friendly probiotics and fresh herbs, so you can enjoy it liberally with your favorite veggies! (Try it with Greek yogurt, if you prefer.)

13. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Milkshake

chocolate covered strawberry milkshake in a glass with chocolate shavings on top

This shake is exclusively fruit-sweetened and is a great way to naturally satisfy your sweet tooth.

14. 3-minute Chocolate Pudding

chocolate pudding in a small bowl

This dairy-free pudding makes quick and filling treat!

15. Raw Zucchini Hummus

raw zucchini hummus in a bowl with carrots next to it

This bean-free hummus is easier to digest than the traditional version, but makes an equally tasty snack with your favorite vegetables.

16. Healthiest Cookies Ever

healthiest cookie ever broken in half

These cookies are made with 100% whole food ingredients– no added oils, sugars, or flours– and yet somehow they taste like my childhood favorite “soft batch” cookies!

17. Raw Brownie Bites

raw brownie bites on a plateIf you need to satisfy a chocolate craving, these no-bake bites will do the trick. They’re fruit-sweetened and have an irresistible fudgy flavor.

I hope these recipe ideas will help you get off to a great start for the new year. I’ll continue to share more added-sugar-free recipes for the entire month of January, so stay tuned!

Reader Feedback: Do you have any sugar-free recipes to share? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

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Danielle {Styelleish }

Although I already eat pretty healthily, this year I’m trying to scale back the sugar! Every one of the recipes looked pretty dang fantabulous– thanks for posting this!

Tom @ Raise Your Garden

My wife and I (and our little family) and becoming quite passionate about avoiding sugar. We were reading an article the other day that says cancer actually feeds on sugar! Yikes. And that cancer isn’t something you just get, it’s something that grows in your body for the long-term, over the course of many years. It’s just not detected until it strikes and it strikes hard. We are so motivated to clean up our act and inspire our kids to eat well. Don’t quote me on the article, that’s just what it said. But eating sugar just can’t be good. Great recipes, love the spaghetti squash one in particular.


What a great recipe round up, perfect for a meal planning Monday ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always trying to reduce the amounts of sugar we consume.

Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama

Love this compilation of your recipes! I’ve tried half of them already and can’t wait to try the rest. I’m super excited, too, because I just pre-ordered your cookbook!!! June better hurry up and get here so I can cook to my heart’s delight ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks so much for all you do and post for your followers! I know how hard it is having a little one while trying to maintain a blog, so your quick and easy recipes are greatly appreciated!
Here’s to an amazing 2015!

PS-I hope you have time to do a book tour and make it to Texas ๐Ÿ˜‰


Wow wow wow every one of these sounds amazing!! I need to make that coconut lentil curry!


Any post on salt free recipes? Well all recipes can free of salt ( just don’t add it) but want recipes with low sodium, hubby need to reduce salt intake. Any salt free spices I could use. Currently use Himalayan pink salt grinder thanks


All your recipes sound amazing. I plan on trying each one. Thanks for posting. I have a raw carob pudding that is really delicious but yours sounds just as good.

Larice @ Feeding Your Beauty

Yum! What a great round-up! Used these recipes to make my grocery list and will be shopping tomorrow for ingredients! I’ve been on the lookout for something different for dinner. The Cajun zucchini noodles sound delicious! And I’ve been wanting to try the baked spaghetti marinara squash for a while. Excited for some new meals this week ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

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    Thanks for your support, Gena! I’m disappointed about the ads, too, and am trying to figure out a better solution– but for now, they make it possible for me to maintain the blog without costing my family money. The amount of traffic my site gets makes the maintenance costs huge, and I don’t want to resort to sponsored posts, since most companies that are willing to pay bloggers don’t offer products I’m willing to recommend. Hopefully I’ll come up with a better solution in the near future!

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