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2 Easy, No-Sugar-Added Holiday Desserts


Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes just before the holiday season.  After crying, gnashing my teeth and feeling sorry for myself I set about the work of finding some holiday recipes that would satisfy my sweet-tooth without sending my blood glucose levels soaring to new heights like Santa’s sleigh.

After a few failed attempts (one of which included a horrific experience with some brownies made primarily of black beans), here are two of my favorite recipes that are easy to make and satisfying to even the choosiest dads.  I am asked over and over again to bring these to holiday gatherings.

Sugar Free Mousse Dessert

No Sugar Added Chocolate Mousse


Heavy Whipping Cream

No Sugar Added Chocolate Nesquik®


Very simply:  In a mixing bowl mix heavy whipping cream and then while beating to firm peaks, add no sugar added Chocolate Nesquik® to taste.

For an extra treat, top with crushed nuts, some of the Nesquik® powder or even some Splenda®/cinnamon mixed together.

ALSO ON PRIME PARENTS CLUB : Food Allergy Friendly Fruit Cobbler

No Sugar Added Punkin’ Whip


1 15 oz can of pumpkin
2 cups of Splenda®
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of Vanilla
1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 ½ cups chopped pecans (optional)


Mix all ingredients except cream in mixer on medium.  Combine thoroughly.  Once mixed well, very slowly add whipping cream while mixing.  Mix until the consistency of thick whipped cream.  Chill until ready to serve.

Top with chopped pecans if desired.



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Wade is the father of a fifteen-year-old, a one-year-old and is expecting another baby very soon. He is the host of the "Fathers Over Forty" podcast. A former long-distance cyclist, weight loss guru and master gardener, Wade is sport-challenged, television-averse and constantly worried that his Man Cave pass might be revoked. When not at his full time job doing assistive technology for people with disabilities, he's reading, cooking, or spending time outdoors with his kids and his beautiful wife, Jenny. Connect with Wade at: or on Twitter at: @FOForty

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