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4 Low-Sugar Dessert Recipes for Heart Disease

Medically reviewed by Lisa Booth, RDN
Written by Torrey Kim
Posted on July 1, 2024

Living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or other forms of heart disease often means working with your doctor to make lifestyle adjustments. For some people, this involves changing what they eat — and that may include reducing sugar.

Over time, eating or drinking too much sugar may increase the risk of dying from heart disease, so cardiologists (doctors who specialize in treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels) often advise cutting back on added sugar as part of an overall healthy way of living. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop having dessert because you’re living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Instead, you may be able to enjoy sweet treats with less sugar by preparing heart-healthy recipes along with your balanced meals. “I found a simple recipe to use for dessert with banana ingredients and no additional sweetener,” one MyHeartDiseaseTeam member wrote.

If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or another heart condition and you’re interested in reducing sugar, check out these four low-sugar dessert recipes.

1. Smoothie With a Tropical Flair

You may not typically think of avocado as a dessert ingredient, but it adds a creamy quality to the American Heart Association’s Avocado and Coconut Refresher Smoothie. Combined with coconut milk and mango, this rich dessert offers a taste of the tropics without added sweetener.

Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy because they may reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol.” Avocados are also rich in potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and contributes to heart health. The fiber in avocados also helps boost cardiac health. You can whip up this recipe in just a few minutes.

Avocado and Coconut Refresher Smoothie

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 small avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond-coconut milk
  • 3 cups frozen mango cubes

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

    2. Easy, Very Berry, Whole-Grain Muffins

    Getting plenty of whole grains and fresh produce contributes to a heart-healthy diet, and this recipe includes both. Using just three ingredients plus water, you can have these muffins on the table in only about 20 minutes, making them a simple addition to your dessert rotation.

    4-Ingredient Strawberry Crumble Muffins

    Servings: 4

    Ingredients

    • ⅔ cup whole-grain pancake/waffle mix
    • ⅓ cup water
    • 3 strawberries, washed and cut into small pieces
    • 2 tablespoons sugar-free strawberry jam

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a small muffin pan with 4 cupcake liners or coat with nonstick spray.
    2. In a small bowl, combine the pancake/waffle mix and water to form a batter.
    3. Fill each liner or coated cup halfway with batter, reserving half of the batter in the bowl.
    4. Place several strawberry pieces on each portion of the batter in the pan, and then top with ½ tablespoon of the jam. Cover with the reserved batter.
    5. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool before eating.

    Note

    When purchasing pancake/waffle mix for this recipe, read package labels and choose the option with the least added sugar.

    3. A Twist on Frozen Chocolate Pops

    Dark Chocolate Banana Bites from Cleveland Clinic offer a decadent way to work more fruit into your diet while satisfying your chocolate craving. This recipe calls for dark chocolate, which typically has less sugar than milk chocolate and is rich in flavonoids — an ingredient that may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Plus, bananas pack nearly as much potassium as avocados, giving you another heart-healthy bonus by helping to regulate blood pressure.

    Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites

    Servings: 8

    Ingredients

    • 1 banana, sliced into 16 quarter-inch pieces
    • 3 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent or higher cocoa)
    • ½ teaspoon instant espresso

    Instructions

    1. Slide each banana slice onto a skewer and set it on waxed paper. Freeze for 1 hour.
    2. Add an inch of water to the bottom of a double boiler. Bring the water to a simmer, and then place the chocolate and espresso in the top of the double boiler. Stir constantly until almost melted.
    3. Remove the double boiler from the heat, and continue stirring until the mixture is completely melted.
    4. Remove the banana slices from the freezer and dip each in the chocolate mixture until fully coated. Place on waxed paper.
    5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

      4. A Naturally Sweet Treat

      You can make fruit the star of your dessert by enhancing its natural sweetness. This recipe for poached pears from Mayo Clinic combines natural fruit juice, whole fruit, and a few spices to deliver a wonderfully flavorful dessert. The pears’ fiber helps slow the absorption of the natural sugars, helping to regulate blood sugar and benefit heart health. The slow simmering method of cooking may help retain some of the vitamins naturally found in produce.

      Poached Pears

      Servings: 4

      Ingredients

      • 1 ¼ cups apple juice
      • 1 cup orange juice
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      • 4 whole pears
      • ½ cup fresh raspberries
      • 2 tablespoons orange zest

      Instructions

      1. In a small bowl, add the apple juice, orange juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine well.
      2. Leaving the stem in place, peel each pear and remove the core from the bottom.
      3. Place the pears in a shallow pan. Add the juice mixture, and simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes, turning the pears frequently. Don’t allow the mixture to boil.
      4. Place each pear on a serving plate, garnish with one-quarter of the raspberries and orange zest, and serve immediately.

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          Lisa Booth, RDN studied foods and nutrition at San Diego State University, in California and obtained a registered dietitian nutritionist license in 2008. Learn more about her here.
          Torrey Kim is a freelance writer with MyHealthTeam. Learn more about her here.

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