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Treat Yourself With These Naturally Sweet Recipes

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As a child, I used to eat spoonfuls of sugar while my mom wasn’t looking. (In my defense, I got the idea from Mary Poppins.) Eventually, she realized the disappearing sugar wasn’t my dad sweetening his coffee, and moved the bowl to a higher, kid-proof shelf. I’ve come a long way since those spoonfuls, but still have an undeniable sweet tooth. As much as I’d love to call a fresh orange or pear dessert, it just doesn’t hit the same spot.

There's always a time and place for over-the-top desserts, but for more everyday treats I want an alternative to that familiar white stuff that isn’t just raw fruit. Ingredients like honey, maple syrup, dried fruits, or coconut sugar add both sweetness and flavor to cookies, puddings, and other treats. Here, we've gathered 13 of our favorite desserts, all sweetened with alternative sugars. They're still sweet, but slightly lighter ways to have my cake and eat it too.

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Rustic French Honey Cake
Rustic French Honey Cake
Golden Milk Panna Cotta
Golden Milk Panna Cotta
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Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

Vegan Chocolate Milkshake by Gena Hamshaw

Nutty Cherry Biscotti

Nutty Cherry Biscotti by Bill Yosses

Karlie Kloss' Spicy Ginger Cookies

Karlie Kloss' Spicy Ginger Cookies by Cherry Bombe

Apple Cider and Cardamom Roasted Pears

Apple Cider and Cardamom Roasted Pears by Yossy Arefi

Maple Persimmon Upside-Down Cake with Maple Cream
Maple Persimmon Upside-Down Cake with Maple Cream
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!)
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!)
Sweet Roasted Chestnuts with Vanilla and Fennel
Sweet Roasted Chestnuts with Vanilla and Fennel
Pear-Maple Tarte Tatin

Pear-Maple Tarte Tatin by Joanne Chang

Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake by Lisa Bryan

Honey–Almond Sesame Cookies
Honey–Almond Sesame Cookies

What's your favorite naturally sweet bite? Are you a fruit salad fan? Share your dishes below!

Tags: naturally sweet, alternative sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses, coconut sugar