Making Desserts with Less Processed Sugar

Almost all of us love desserts!

Desserts are often loaded with processed sugar, making them a not-so-healthy treat. But there are ways to make desserts using less processed sugar, without sacrificing taste. Here are some tips for making healthier desserts that the whole family will enjoy.


Cut back on your processed sugar intake by incorporating delicious, unrefined sugars (naturally smart sugars) in your desserts. Natural “smart sugars” like coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, dates, sorghum and molasses are all delicious and nutritious alternatives to overly processed white sugar. These delicious natural sweeteners can enhance the flavor of baked goods and give you a more wholesome treat. Plus, they often contain valuable nutrients such as zinc, potassium and magnesium that when consumed in moderation can help satisfy cravings without filling you with empty calories. So why not try using less processed sugar (naturally “smart sweeteners”) in your favorite desserts? Your taste buds – and metabolism – will thank you!


There are many sugar substitutes out there but most of those are processed also. There have been no studies conducted, at the time of this writing, indicating long-term health effects. Why risk using unknown/new fad sugars? My suggestion is to use “smart sweeteners” which will reduce health risks by consuming excess processed sugars greatly.

One recipe that we will do in the next blog post is mini Pavlovas. I’m actually experimenting with this recipe now so that we can add it to our kids cooking club and holiday baking programs. It is important to note that when using these alternatives, the amount of temperature, the ratio of smart sugar to another ingredient, and the cooking time may be adjusted. But your experimenting will pay off big time. Taste really won’t be affected and you will be a “family hero” just for trying.

Natural wild honey varies in flavor based on where it came from. Let adventures begin!

For example, when substituting honey for sugar in a recipe, use only half or two-thirds of the amount of sugar called for in a recipe because honey is sweeter than sugar. Additionally, if using honey, dates or maple syrup for baking it is important to reduce the oven temperature by about 25 degrees Fahrenheit and increase the cooking time slightly. This will prevent burning the dessert or creating bitter notes.

Top 5 Christmas Roast Beasts

If you’re looking for the perfect roast beast to serve your family this Christmas, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the top beasts that are sure to make your holiday feast extra special. From traditional turkeys to succulent hams, there’s something for everyone on this list. So get ready to drool over these delicious roast beasts and start planning your holiday menu!

1. Roast Turkey – Juicy and tender, this classic roast is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday dinner.

2. Honey-Glazed Ham – Sweet and savory, this ham will be a hit with everyone at your table!

3. Lamb Leg Roast – Rich in flavor and incredibly tender, this roast is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

A raw leg of lamb on a wooden chopping Board. Rosemary, garlic, thyme, black pepper.

4. Venison Roast – If you’re looking for something more exotic, try out this gamey yet flavorful option that is sure to wow your guests!

Grilled sliced Venison with baked vegetables and berry sauce,

5. Beef Tenderloin Roast – This melt-in-your-mouth roast is sure to make an impressive statement on your Christmas dinner table!


Please share your all-time favorite memory involving roast beasts (either eating it or preparing it).

Restaurant Reviews Beckley 1115 and Cathedral

I wanted to offer these two restaurant reviews if you are looking for quality and a great culinary experience at any time of the year. I give both of these a “Chefsville” 5-star review!

Beckley 1115 is headed by Chef Sharon Van Meter and The Cathedral Italian Bistro is headed up by Chef Luke Rogers

My wife and I truly wanted a great experience when we went to Beckley 1115 and we were not disappointed. The food, service, quality, environment, and company are top-notch. The only problem was I wanted everything on the menu. So we went back and had an equally wonderful experience. Chef Sharon Van Meter is a prized jewel here in the Dallas area. Celebrated for many great accomplishments and wonderful personality. Seeing her made us so happy. Actually, she has been a great force of motivation for Chefsville since I met her.

Her cooking style is amazing. The value and food quality were equal. Everything had wonderful flavor. Some of the dishes had herbs, others were seasoned perfectly with spices. The appetizers were just outstanding. Salads had deliciously fresh ingredients with fun things in them. Desserts are wonderful. Seasonal menu items are 10 out of 10. I just can’t say enough about this place. It makes me so happy. Service was attentive and excellent. The atmosphere was better than a trip to Hawaii. The wine list had something for the adult taste.

1115 North Beckley Ave Dallas TX

(214) 941-1115


Moving on to the Cathedral Bistro, there is a chef’s corner braved by Chef Luke Rogers. This young chef has accolades and a fantastic personality as well. He is able to keep his customers engaged in positive conversation while braving the fast pace of expediting dishes for other customers. Chef Luke just released his first cookbook and the restaurant highlights items therein. His menu has quality ingredients found in all kinds of settings from formal to fast casual. Pizzas are made by a professional who knows his craft. Chef Rogers surrounds himself with a wonderful team who have been with him for several years in this new establishment. Excellent steaks cooked in a wood fire oven. Fresh-made in-house various kinds of pasta grace incredible traditional dishes. We couldn’t eat everything there either so we went back. Several times over and I still haven’t had all of the menu as of yet.

The service will keep you coming back alone. The food quality is excellent. One item that stood out was their garlic knot rolls with wagyu beef marrow candles. But seriously the salads were stunning, the Branzino and other seasonal signature dishes are just the kind of comfort you want all year round.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting. There is a bar and TV sets which are just fun. The noise doesn’t come over to distract at the Chef’s Bar where there is seating for a dozen.

8103 Rasor Boulevard Suite #110 Plano, TX 75024

469-731-1020  Instagram

I strongly recommend these 2 signature, happy places and invite you to try them as well. I will also say that I promise you will not be disappointed. These chefs live for hospitality, community, family, and quality.

Let them know “Chefsville” sent you, please!

When you do go, also, please take pics and tell of your experience. Mention us at #chefsville so we can smile and know that we added value to your enjoyment.