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Cancer and Cooking Recipe Series: Sugar-Free Desserts

Last updated: March 2022

Sometimes on a cancer journey we often want a sweet treat, but might feel guilty about it. There’s so much out there about refined sugars and how bad it is for people not to mention those of us on a cancer journey. I won’t get into that debate here, but what I will share are some of my favorite treats that satisfy the sweet tooth craving without white enriched flour and refined sugar. These recipes fall under the keto diet.

Balancing a healthy diet with desserts

I must preface this by saying while I love these recipes, I often break out the white flour and refined sugars when I want to bake and feel like baking. Whatever you decide is strictly up to you. I am merely here to offer you some tasty options guilt-free. These are super easy recipes, and you have a treat within just a few moments with few ingredients as well. While I try to make good decisions for my diet, sometimes I fall off the wagon. These tasty treats do a great job of helping me stay the course.

Let’s get to it!!

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 3 cups of fine ground almond flour
  • 3/4 cup Swerve brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1½ cup of Lily’s chocolate chips


  1. Combine with mixer.
  2. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.

Strawberry Cheesecake in a Bowl


  • 1 package of sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup of water
  • 8 oz of cream cheese (softened)
  • Strawberries (or other preferred fruit)


  1. Mix together all ingredients except for the fruit together with mixer.
  2. Top with fruit of choice. Enjoy!

No Bake Caramel Cookies


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup Swerve brown sugar substitute
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (I use Lily’s brand)
  • Parchment paper


  1. Place the butter into a saucepan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. When the butter has melted, whisk in the swerve brown sugar substitute until completely dissolved.
  3. Stir in HWC until well combined.
  4. Cook stirring frequently for 10 minutes until it begins to froth up and thicken.

These are simple and delicious recipes. They are perfect for a sweet treat as well as serving guests when you need something simple and healthier. Sometimes it is quite alright to have a little indulgence.

I hope you try these and that you enjoy them!

What is your favorite dessert recipe that was a staple during your lung cancer treatment? Share in the comments!

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