By now, we all know we’re supposed to keep our teeth pretty clear of sugars and get that twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleaning. It’s no longer an option to plead ignorance when someone points to that delicious slice of rich chocolate cake that we’re eating and asks us if we know it can lead to cavities. Of course, we know, we’ve only been hearing it since we were children. Don’t eat too much candy or your teeth will rot out. It’s even more common than the old claim about TV rotting your brain, and a whole lot more accurate. By the way, television will most definitely not rot your mind, but it can strain your eyes. And unlike your teeth, a Tulsa teeth cleaning can’t fix your eyes!
Cake, though, well that really can contribute to rotting out our teeth. It mostly comes down to the sugar in it. Most humans are quite found of sugar and, unfortunately, so are the bacteria that like to live in our mouths. These little things eat up the sugar that sticks to our teeth, and then they secrete an acidic compound that erodes our enamel. This is the mechanism by which sugar damages our teeth. While there are plenty of ways to deal with this, besides avoiding that tasty dessert, one method is more preventative than all the rest. Find deserts with less sugar.
This can sound pretty counter-intuitive. I mean, who wants sweets that aren’t sweet, right? Amazingly, you really can make some outrageously sweet tasting treats with little to no sugar. Of course, it’s still important to brush afterward, so you may decide to just go with the sugar and keep on top of that brushing. The choice is yours. If you do want to experiment with some low-sugar deserts, though, here are a few starter recipes tried and true. Whether you decide to go with these recipes or not, don’t forget to schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment!
Flourless Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cup packed almond meal
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup packed pitted dates
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325°.
Mix together all dry ingredients (almond meal, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) in a bowl and set aside.
Place the dates and water in a food processor or strong blender and blend until it forms a smooth paste.
Mix the date paste with the wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, vanilla), and mix until smooth.
Add the wet to the dry and stir until smooth.
Grease an 8″ round cake pan and pour in batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving so that it has time to set.
Serve plain or with fresh fruit and/or coconut whipped cream. May also be served chilled from the fridge.
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup carton egg whites (optional)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/16 tsp stevia extract (adjust to taste)
1 1/2 cups ice
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Add all ingredients to blender, and process on high until smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste.
No-Bake Carrot Cookies
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 tbsp ground flax
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 cup oats
Mix everything in a bowl, roll into balls and chill for 15 minutes.
Recipes are thanks to…
Blogs: Spoonful of Sugar Free, Natural Sweet Recipes
Sources: data and Further Recipes can be found at https://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/low-sugar-desserts/
If you’re looking for more recipes, inspirations, or a more in-depth glance at these delicious delicacies, then hop on over to that website and sate your eyes and appetite. Just don’t forget to also schedule that twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleaning!