Our Favorite Low-Sugar Desserts for a More Subtle Sweet

Don't have a sweet tooth? These treats have more restrained sweetness for a different palate

There are plenty of reasons why you'd want to cut back on sugar, namely that it's highly addictive and detrimental to our health. And for some, too much of the stuff can cause highs and headache-riddled crashes. Whether you're looking to curb the craving for health reasons or just because you don't like the taste, we've rounded up some of our favorite dessert recipes with a (relatively) low sugar content per serving.

Up the fruit content of your desserts to get some natural flavors in the mix: tropical summer desserts play especially well. Asian desserts also tend to be less cloying, especially when made with rice-heavy, starchy ingredients that absorb the sweetness. From simple grilled strawberries to Korean rice cakes, here are the low-sugar desserts to help satiate your sweet tooth without drowning you in sugar.

Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso Salad
Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso Salad
Bright shiso leaves and a touch of earthy sesame oil enhance this stone fruit and berry salad. Get the recipe for Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso Salad »Helen Rosner
Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts
Peaches and Strawberries Mascarpone
At once rustic and refined, this technique amplifies the inherent sweetness of the fruit. The mascarpone-mint leaf combo brings a rich yet uplifting twist. The more ripe your fruit, the better it will caramelize. Look for freestone peaches that will let you remove the pits easily. Mallmann says: "Let them burn a bit without touching them. Don't flip and flop." Get the Recipe for Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts »Matt Taylor-Gross
Black Mulberry Soup with Kaymak Ice Cream
Black Mulberry Soup with Kaymak Ice Cream
This pleasantly tart soup is a welcome break from super-sweet desserts. The accompanying ice cream is made from kaymak, a traditional Turkish dairy product; crème fraîche makes a good substitute. Get the recipe for Black Mulberry Soup with Kaymak Ice Cream »Cem Talu
Fermented Banana Chocolate Pudding
Fermented Banana Chocolate Pudding
Though this recipe takes some advanced planning (you need to allow around 2 weeks for the bananas to ferment), it's well worth the wait. The fermented, sweet tang of bananas blends with bitter chocolate for a tropical spin on the classic pudding. It's easier, too, as the pudding is set with gelatin rather than egg yolks, which also lets the banana flavor shine through. Get the recipe for Fermented Banana Chocolate Pudding » Note: If you want to ferment and puree more bananas than this recipe needs, the three bananas called for in this recipe should yield 1 1/4 cups of puree. Combine that with your half-and-half and reserve the rest for another day.Matt Taylor-Gross
Honey-Roasted Apples with Sesame and Calvados
Sesame Honey Roasted Apples
Sweet apples are roasted until caramelized in honey and butter, then marinated in their cooking juices along with Calvados and sesame for a simple but surprisingly complex quick weeknight dessert. Get the recipe for Honey-Roasted Apples with Sesame and Calvados »Farideh Sadeghin
Korean Rice Cake
Korean Rice Cake (Songpyeon)
Korean rice cakes, known as songpyeon, are half moon-shaped dumplings that are stuffed with fillings like sweet potatoes, chestnuts, red beans, or nuts, and then steamed and served with honey. Get the recipe for Korean Rice Cake »Matt Taylor-Gross
Grilled Strawberries
Grilled Strawberries
Roasting strawberries over mellow, barely glowing embers turns them from bright red bulbs to plump crimson pillows of deeply sweet juice. Get the recipe for Grilled Strawberries »Matt Taylor-Gross
Almond Granita
Almond Granita
Nutty, sweet almonds are used four ways in this super-simple frozen dessert. Get the recipe for Almond Granita »Farideh Sadeghin
Roasted Cherries
How to Pit Cherries
Roasting cherries caramelizes their sugars and gives them a deeper flavor; they're perfect on ice cream, cheesecake, or yogurt, or even mixed into cocktails. Get the recipe for Roasted Cherries »Matt Taylor-Gross
Blueberry Sauce
Blueberry Sauce
Pastry chef Emily Luchetti makes this simple sauce for topping pancakes, waffles, or a scoop of ice cream. Get the recipe for Blueberry Sauce »Matt Taylor-Gross
Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce
Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cantaloupe
In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar. Get the recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce »Drew Anthony Smith
Baked Pears and Prunes with Red Wine Sauce
Baked Pears and Prunes
Taking poached pears to the next level, in this dessert, whole Bosc pears are cooked in a red wine syrup, with succulent prunes adding complexity to the sauce. Get the recipe for Baked Pears and Prunes with Red Wine Sauce »Andrea Wyner