Humans are programmed to love sweet things but we as a nation have become addicted to sugar. We know sugar is in foods like cakes, cookies and candy but the real danger is the hidden sugar you will find in bread, yogurts, canned vegetables, cereals, peanut butter, bread and tomato sauce. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that occurs naturally in foods such as grains, beans, vegetables and fruit but when it is refined it lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber which requires extra effort from the body to digest. When a complex carbohydrate is eaten like sweet potatoes, beans, or whole grains the carbohydrates are broken down and are burned off slowly, allowing your body to absorb the vitamins and nurtients properly while feeding your bodies craving for sweets in a balanced way. With that said, these are some of my favorite recipes I like to eat when I am craving sugar. Some are full of natural occurring sugars from vegetables, some are utilizing the combo of fat and protein, and some are using sweet spices to curb a sugar craving. All of these tactics can be effective so experiment with what works best for you. 

All recipes are free of gluten and refined sugars. 

Like heroin, cocaine and caffeine, sugar is an addictive, destructive drug, yet we consume it daily in everything from cigarettes to bread.

— William Dufty, author of Sugar Blues.