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Less Sugar Chocolate Icing

With half the sugar of a regular version, this rich chocolate icing recipe doesn't sacrifice a bit of great taste.

Using a combination of sugar and Swerve sweetener, this rich chocolate icing cuts the overall sugar in half without sacrificing a bit of great taste.

~by Regan Jones, RD

As co-owner of The Recipe ReDux I was compensated to manage this recipe contest.


When I tell you that I was so impressed with this icing recipe when I first made it I messaged all my friends to brag on it, I'm not lying. 

I'm a lot of things, but a liar about desserts is not one of them.

And when I tell you that I've recently realized that my happy place is baking, you're probably not too surprised.

Based on the frequency with which I'm posting cinnamon rolls on here, you probably realized that ages ago. I'm a little slow on the uptake.

But baking-love or not, I acknowledge that day after day of treats coming out of my kitchen, bursting at the seams with sugar does not a healthy family make. 

Notice I didn't say "does not a happy family make'" Nobody complains around here when our countertops are full of goodies. I may be a dietitian, but I'm not oblivious to reality. 

In the past, there have been times that my zeal to create "healthy" desserts has prompted me to try for "sugar free desserts" or "no sugar added desserts" -- both labels that would certainly make the little robots at Google and Pinterest that guide new readers to my blog very happy.

But this "less sugar icing" -- this simple little bowl of fudgy goodness waiting to be slathered on a hot pan of brownies, over sheet pan cake, have the bottom of a shortbread cookie dipped in it, or be swirled on the top of homemade donuts or even find its way molded into little pieces of less sugar fudge -- is not sugar free and can't be labeled as such. That's what it's NOT. 

What it IS, though, is delicious, and fudgy, and rich, and easy, and all purpose, and satisfying, and frankly just exciting (if fudge can be exciting and I think it can) because it truly is a "healthier" version of chocolate icing THAT STILL TASTES AMAZING (all the while having less sugar, of course). 

If you don't believe me, consider the length my oldest son went to trying to lick the bowl clean after I let him try it: 


With half the sugar of a regular version, this rich chocolate icing recipe doesn't sacrifice a bit of great taste.

Here's the thing, though. All this patting myself on the back for basically coming up with the best tasting less sugar chocolate icing EVER, is only partially due to my brilliance. I had A LOT of help, from Swerve

Swerve sweetener, for those of you who aren't familiar, is a natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar. Honestly, it looks like sugar, cooks like sugar, but it's zero calories. It has no bitter after-taste like some natural sugar alternatives and it's NOT an artificial sweetener. Technically, it's a sugar-alcohol -- erythritol. But it doesn't have the same adverse GI affects that other sugar alcohols do. 

Seriously, it's all that and that good. I promise. 

The main thing I notice when using Swerve is a very slight cooling sensation associated with the taste. It's not offensive or off putting. Just slightly noticeable. But when using it half-and-half with sugar in recipes, I don't even notice that. All I notice is how good my recipes taste, even though I've cut out half the sugar. 

I don't lie about desserts. I don't. We've established that earlier. And I'm not lying to you on this one. If you love fudgy icing (and who doesn't?) but would like a healthier choice, try this less sugar chocolate icing using Swerve today. You'll thank me later. 

 

With half the sugar of a regular version, this rich chocolate icing recipe doesn't sacrifice a bit of great taste.

 


To see what my fellow ReDux members are making with Swerve for this week's Recipe ReDux click over to the ReDux website here: 

 

With half the sugar of a regular version, this rich chocolate icing recipe doesn't sacrifice a bit of great taste.


With half the sugar of a regular version, this rich chocolate icing recipe doesn't sacrifice a bit of great taste.

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With half the sugar of a regular version, this rich chocolate icing recipe doesn't sacrifice a bit of great taste.

Less Sugar Chocolate Icing

Yield

Makes 16 servings (enough to cover 1 8- x 8-inch pan of brownies or cake)

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (I typically use Baker's brand)
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup Swerve, Confectioners
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine chocolate and chocolate chips with milk in a medium-size bowl; microwave on HIGH in 30 second intervals or until melted and smooth. 
  2. Sift Swerve, Confectioners and powdered sugar over melted chocolate; whisk until combined and smooth. Stir in vanilla. Spread over warm brownies, donuts, cake, etc. 
Click for nutritional information
Calories 60
Carbohydrates 7.5g
Sugar 6.2g
Fat 3g
Protein 0.6g
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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