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6 Appetising Candida Diet Desserts

I Love Desserts – So Do You Of Course. But Do You Know These 6 Treats?

candida diet desserts

  1. Sugar Free Cheese Cake
  2. Almondy Millet Pudding
  3. Vanilla Chia Pud
  4. Rice Pudding
  5. Yogurt Dessert
  6. Frozen Coconut Yogurt

What’s different about these Candida Diet Desserts? They are completely sugar free!

Would you agree that following a low carb diet can be quite a challenge? There doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of delicious sugar free & gluten free desserts around.

Now before you throw your hands up in desparation let me share with you 6 candida diet desserts that actually taste nice.

I’m not gonna lie to you – if you compare them with the puddings you are used to then you will be disappointed. You simply cannot substitute sweetness.

Whatever way you look at it – your dessert is either sweet or it isn’t. The candida diet desserts I’m about to show you fall in the latter category. Once you have lost your sweet tooth they will seem delicious to you.

But in the meantime while your tastebuds expect a sweet sensation to be satisfied, the desserts will taste a bit “unusual”. That said in my opinion it’s better to have an unusual dessert than no dessert; what do you think?

Don’t Miss the Photos & List of Ingredients at the end of this article :-)

Some of the Highlights of Sugarfree Candida Diet Desserts:

  • These desserts look pretty (take them with you to a family do and you won’t be looked upon as health freak)
  • They are filling (such a relief from the constant having to re-fuel your carb craving)
  • Hey, did I mention these candida diet desserts are also really good for you (a clear conscience and pleasure eating these treats goes a long way towards making you healthy again)

View these healthy desserts as what they are – temporary treats while you are revving up your immune system before you can indulge on your favourite sweet desserts again.

At some point not too far away you will be able to eat chocolate, cream, fruit, cakes, ice creams and rich puddings again without having to suffer the consequences.

It pays off ten fold to stick to your diet now as much as possible. Go on try some of the candida diet desserts listed here, hold your head up high and beat this nasty disease once and for all.

A life-time’s worth of scrumptious puddings is waiting for you :-)

Read On How you can Make these Lovely Candida Diet Desserts

1. No Bake Cheese Cake – Sugar Free Version of the Classic

cheese cake

I love cheese cake in all variations so it must not be missed amongst the best candida diet desserts. Even if a sugar free version is not quite the real deal. This delightfully refreshing cake that I had first discovered in Erica White’s Beat Candida Cookbook has nicely seen me through Christmas and prevented me from overindulging on traditionally sugar rich puddings.

For the base:

  • beat 1 free range egg and mix with 2 tbl sp melted butter and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • then add 125 g/ 1 cup/ 4oz wholemeal flour and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda to the mix and press the dough into a round tin with a press up bottom (lightly buttered)
  • bake for 20 mins at  350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C/ Gas Mark 4 and let cool down before adding the filling

For the cheese cake topping:

  • 450 g cottage cheese/ 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 600 ml/ 1 pint/ 2 1/2 cups probiotic yogurt
  • 15 g gelatine or agar-agar and 4 tbl spoons water
  • juice of 2 limes
  • sweetener (stevia or other)

Optional: 2 eggs

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C/ Gas Mark 4.

Press the cottage cheese and yogurt through a sieve or muslin cloth into a bowl. Dissolve the agar-agar or gelatine in water according to instructions and add the lime juice (and sweetener of your choice for instance stevia).

Chill until almost set and add to the cheesecake mixture. Then pour it onto the pre-baked cake base, crumble some sugar free biscuit crumbs over the top and put it in the fridge until serving.

Baked Cheese Cake Variation with Egg:

This cheese cake variation requires a longer baking time and cooking effort, but it makes a more traditional cheese cake with a lovely golden brown top  ;-)

For the cheese cake mixture mix the cottage cheese & yogurt mix with the egg yolks and lime juice (and sweetener). No gelatine/ agar agar required.

Then whisk together the egg whites until stiff and fold into the cheese mixture with a metal spoon.

Pour onto the prepared base in the tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. The top looks even better if you apply milk to it with a brush 20 minutes before taking the cake out.

Who could resist these tempting candida diet desserts?!

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2. Almondy Millet Pudding – Gluten Free & Gorgeous

almondy millet pudding

Ha, this is a clever repurposing action from the almondy millet porridge out of my favourite healthy breakfasts selection. Simply put any leftovers from your millet porridge in a pudding bowl and store overnight in the fridge. The next day you can take it upside down out onto plates, sprinkle with cinnamon and blanched almonds – and ready is your chilled dessert.

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3. Vanilla Chia Pud – Luuuvly

vanilla chia pud

Ok, enough of the cold desserts for now and back to good old steaming comfort food. This pudding is made with oats & sunflower seeds soaked in water for 10 mins and then cooked in rice milk. A generous amount of organic vanilla, 2 table spoons of chia seeds and a hint of lemon peel make this trendy pud good enough to eat for breakfast or as a dessert.

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4. Rice Pudding – Sweet & Comforting

rice pudding

Definitely one of my favourite candida diet desserts – I can eat it all day long. Just brown rice cooked in 1l of water for 30-40 mins with a table spoon of coconut oil and some cinnamon.

TopTip: For a sweeter slightly more delux version of this comfort food stir in some hot rice milk with maize meal – great way to thicken up your pud and give it a yellow colour, flavour and consistency similar to custard.

Another way to pimp up your rice pudding is to add a beaten egg while you are cooking the rice & rice milk – yum!

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5. Yogurt Dessert – Refreshing & Filling

yogurt dessert

Plain yogurt makes a quick & healthy dessert.

Right to begin of the candida diet eating dairy is not a good idea because it will aggravate your symptoms. After a few weeks though you can start introducing probiotic yogurt back into your diet.

To aid digestion you can also eat a few spoons of jogurt before a meal. I prefer to eat my “dessert” as a mid morning/ mid afternoon snack in between meals as it’s an effective way to combat cravings.

TopTip: Try adding ground hazelnuts, almonds, desiccated coconut and puffed rice to your jogurt just like I did for the yogurt dessert creation in the photo above. That’s one way of making your otherwise plain unsweetend yogurt slightly more exotic while adding an interesting texture.

6. Frozen Coconut Yogurt

frozen jogurt

Mix together some desiccated coconut, yogurt, rice milk and vanilla.

Stir until you have a smooth consistency but not too runny. If you prefer your frozen yogurt dessert creamy you might even want to strain the yogurt through a cheese cloth or muslin cloth to achieve the consistency of greekstyle yogurt.

If you don’t like bits in your ice cream try coconut milk instead of rice milk or whizz the desiccated coconut really fine in a coffee grinder.

Optional: Add a little bit of sweetener – Scroll down to see an overview of 5 Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Then freeze in your ice cream maker or simply put it in your freezer in a freezable container.

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What Sweeteners Can You Use for your Candida Diet Desserts?

If you have a sweet tooth you might find these candida diet desserts quite sour. Fortunately there are a few natural sweeteners you can use that are a lot healthier than regular (processed) sugar.

Stevia

You can sweeten your candida diet desserts with stevia.

This is a natural plant based sweetener that does not feed candida. I personally tried the green powder and apart from the minging colour (who wants their cheese cake or pud to look green ;-) found that it had a subtle underlying flavour I did not like, so I prefer to leave it out. But I know a lot of people who get on with it very well and there are even colour less stevia drops that you can use.

Maple Syrup

I have heard a few times now that some health clinics specialising in candida cleanses let you drink maple syrup with lemon juice.

Now as far as I know Maple syrup still contains sugar so why this should be allowed on the candida diet puzzles beyond me. Worth double-checking.

Agave Nectar

Looks like runny honey and tastes very mild.

Due to it’s low glycemic values it is much healthier than normal sugar in all it’s variations (brown sugar, fructose….) but it does still contain sugar.

This makes it an acceptable sweetener only towards the end of phase 3 of your diet when you are virtually symptom free. I have personally used it on porridge myself during phase 3 a couple of times and noticed no flare up.

Coconut Sugar

This popular healthy sweetener is produced from the sap of cut flower buds of coconut palms.

Apparently it comes in crystal or granule form, block or liquid and has a subtle sweet flavour similar to caramel.

Technically I should not have mentioned it here because it is still sugar after all. But as I have only recently found out about it and I am majorly intrigued by it, I thought I’d mention it for the sheer novely of it. I recommend not using it in your candida diet desserts for the time being though.

Natural Sweetness of Carrot, Vanilla and Brown Rice, Butternut Squash

What sweeteners you can utilise on the other hand are some vegetables and nut.

These will give your lovely candida diet desserts a naturally sweet touch. That’s why carrots and butternut squash make excellent cake ingredients. Whereas brown rice lends itself for making rich puddings like the rice pudding above).

When and How Often Should You Indulge in Your Candida Diet Desserts?

Desserts are an integral part in family meals and happy meals full stop. Just because you are following a sugar free diet does not mean that you cannot have desserts.

You just have to be a little bit more select about what you indulge in and when.

What you don’t want is overburden your system with rich & sweet foods that are likely to trigger food sensitivity or other symptoms.

Hence my suggestion for you would be to stick to as little sweetener as possible while you are still following the diet. Gradually, as you get better, you can then add sweeteners back into your diet (occasionally).

My advice in general would be to have mid morning or mid afternoon snacks rather than desserts. If you feel you cannot skip desserts then get into the habit of waiting at least 30 mins after a meal before eating your dessert.

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  • Louise September 1, 2012, 05:15

    Is coconut flour ok to use in stage 2? Guar gum in coconut milk- is this ok? Thanks :)

  • Sandra September 3, 2012, 12:18

    Hi Louise, coconut flour is a very good choice because coconut does not feed candida (rather the opposite). What are you using the coconut flour for though? Is this for baking or thickening? Generally it is best not to eat baked goods in stage 2 (not even with coconut flour) as this is not easy to digest and you need as much of your body’s energy for healing. In stage 3 you can then happily start re-introducing coconut flour based foods back into your diet.

    Guar gum is a great thickening agent. As it is made from milled, de-husked guar beans it is chemically a polysaccharide though. This means that it gets broken down by your body into sugar. Normally this is no problem, but when you have Candida it is best to avoid anything sugar related. So if you want to be hundred percent sure not to feed the yeast then don’t use guar gum.

    However, from my experience I would say that it is ok to add some coconut milk with guar gum to your candida diet desserts & meals – I have never experienced any flare ups after eating it. After all we are talking such small amounts of carb here that it’s almost negligible. It’s hard to find coconut milk without citric acic. Guar gum is definitely preferable.

    Listen in with yourself though. If you are in stage 2 and you still have a lot of candida symptoms then only add a few spoons full of coconut milk rather than using a full can of coconut milk, and you’ll be fine.

  • Isla September 8, 2012, 00:29

    Very impressed with your emails just finding out about candida and how diet can help , love your breezy helpful approach, and at the moment it all has been free!! Thank you

  • Sandra September 9, 2012, 18:08

    Thank you :-) Appreciate your feedback!

  • Hannah October 17, 2013, 18:20

    What are your thoughts on Xylitol? I’ve read a couple of places that it actually fights Candida. But too much of it can cause bloating and the runs.

  • Sandra October 17, 2013, 19:42

    Hello Hannah, I know that some people are against it because they add chemical substances to produce it and it is reported to cause loose stools. Ok I don’t like the fact they used chemicals, but the loose stools thing can actually a good thing for people with Candida, at least if constipation is an issue. I personally like the fact that it doesn’t impact your blood sugar levels as much as other sweeteners and it is good for your teeth. I have only used it twice so far and it agreed with me very well (I think!). I used it as the only sweetener in my apple cake recipe – you couldn’t tell it wasn’t sugar taste wise. And I used it half and half with stevia in an apple crumble pie recipe, again lovely flavor. I think it’s a very useful sweetener for Candida sufferers. As long as you don’t eat it all the time and tons of it, it shouldn’t be a problem. Once your Candida levels are under control you can then try agave and maple syrup for sweeteners, dates, sweet potatoes, bananas or Coconut sugar/ nectar which I am dying to try. But in the meantime I think Xylitol combined with Stevia is a sensible choice.

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