By far the best frosting is cream cheese frosting. I don’t think plain white frosting should ever be used in desserts, but maybe that’s just me. This sugar-free cream cheese frosting recipe is definitely much healthier than a regular cream cheese frosting. It avoids butter and sugar!
Although this recipe avoids butter and sugar, you still have to use cream cheese. There are some alternatives to the regular cream cheese though:
- Kraft Philadelphia whipped cream cheese – this is almost half the calories of regular cream cheese! I have only seen it in a plastic tub rather than the cardboard package.
- Low-fat cream cheese – this cuts down about 20 calories per 2 tablespoons
As for the sugar, frosting usually needs powdered sugar. I use a blender to make sugar-free powdered sugar but if you do not have access to a blender or food processor, you can skip making powdered sugar. It still works for me even when I don’t use powdered sugar. Either way, you have to make sure that your sweetener is granular. I tried using Stevia that was not granular at first and it did not sweeten at all for some reason, no matter how much I added.
The cake that I used this frosting on is a healthy carrot cake. You can find the recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog. She gives you various options for flour, sugar, and oil to use, so I will post exactly what I did (which turns out really good) in another recipe post.
This frosting is not overly sweet, so if you like a really sweet frosting, you will need to taste it and probably add more sweetener.
- ½ cup whipped cream cheese (or low-fat cream cheese)
- ¼ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 3 Tbsp granular, natural sweetener, such as Pyure Stevia, for sugar-free powdered sugar (see instructions on how to make this)
- To make sugar-free powdered sugar, place a little more than the desired amount of granular sweetener, such as Pyure Stevia, into a blender (a single serving blender cup works well) and blend for a few seconds until the sweetener resembles a powder. It may not be a perfect powder, but do not worry about that.
- If a blender is not available or you are short on time, you can skip this step and it still works!
- Blend all ingredients using a hand blender until mixed well, about 1-2 minutes.
- Put in a piping bag or a Ziploc-type baggie for decorating your dessert.