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The Best 21 Day Sugar Detox Recipes

Sugar is a habit many of us need to break, but that doesn’t mean food has to be boring. Check out these tasty 21 day sugar detox recipes that will leave you happy and satisfied.

Sugar sneaks it’s way into far too many packaged foods. That’s why it’s so important to cook your own food if you’re on a 21 day sugar detox. Not only will your tastebuds change over the course of three weeks, but your craving for sugar will diminish as you fill your body with healthy foods that will serve to fuel you.

Related: My Sugar Detox Pinterest Board

Even if you’re the only one detoxing from sugar, your family will still enjoy these tasty recipes. In fact, they probably won’t even think twice about these yummy sugar detox recipes.

My Favorite Sugar Detox Recipes

21-day sugar detox recipes

Pumpkin Pancakes: I love making pancakes–paleo pancakes and sometimes a gluten-free mix on occasion. These were good. I paired one with bacon and eggs and I loved how just a touch of the sweetness from the pumpkin was just enough for me to get by.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd N'oatmeal

Banana Vanilla Bean N’oatmeal: I’m not a big oatmeal person. I take that back. Oatmeal in cookies: yes. Oatmeal for breakfast: no. This recipe was just OK for me. It was a nice change-up to eggs for breakfast, but the one morning I ate just this N’oatmeal I was starving an hour later and found myself starving the rest of the day. Bacon and eggs don’t leave you starving–ever.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd no-grainola

Lemon Poppyseed No-Grainola: I’ve made many versions of homemade granola bars over the years, but never granola. I absolutely loved this recipe. It was so so good. The lemon flavor really came out and added a bright note. Just last week I made a version of this in chocolate, but I think I actually prefer the Lemon Poppyseed version. When I wasn’t popping it in my mouth by the handful, I mixed it with plain full-fat Greek yogurt.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd extra crispy waffles

Extra Crispy Waffles: If lots of fat doesn’t bother you, then you’ll love this recipe. True to their name, these waffles were extra crispy, thanks to 1/2 cup of butter/oil. I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil, and they were delicious.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd carrot pumpkin spice muffins

Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins: I made a double batch of these and froze one batch the day before I began the detox. They are good and very dense, but I got tired of them by the time it was ready to eat batch No. 2. Sometimes bulk isn’t better, especially if you’re the only person eating them.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup: I have yet to try a recipe I don’t love. This one is so simple, but so tasty. The key is fresh lime juice. I’ve made tortilla soup numerous times but never thought to add fresh lime juice. It’s a game changer.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd thai butternut squash soup

Thai Butternut Squash Soup: I make my own version of Butternut Squash soup quite often, but it wasn’t 21dsd-approved, so I came across this recipe and it sounded interesting. It’s really good, but I honestly don’t think it takes too much to make butternut squash good. I loaded up a bunch of toppings to make a meal out of it!

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd smoky chili

Smoky Bacon Chili: I made this chili a couple times last fall. I learned my lesson the first go-round after putting the 1 tsp of cayenne the recipe called for. It was so spicy I couldn’t eat it. So I cut it in half this time and it was still plenty spicy! Such a delicious recipe though. The spices are spot-on.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd parmesan sweet potato stacks

Crispy Parmesan Rosemary Sweet Potato Stacks: I made these as part of our Valentine’s dinner, and they were so good. A little oily (but we like oil!), but I love the sweet/savory combo.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21sds parmesan zucchini rounds

Parmesan Zucchini Rounds: If you put cheese on any vegetable, it tastes delicious. These were no exception. Just be careful not to slice your fingers if you use a mandolin.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd carne guisada

Crockpot Carne Guisada: This recipe is delicious. And bonus points because it uses the crockpot. I made it on the detox and again for my family a couple weekends ago. The ingredients are ones I use quite often, but somehow it came out with just a little different flavor than most of my foods. My favorite way to eat this is atop half a baked sweet potato and topped with cheese. Perfect sweet-savory pairing.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd thai beef stew

Crockpot Thai Beef Stew: This was the first dinner I cooked (in the crockpot) on the detox and James and I both loved it. I don’t eat or cook a lot of cultural foods, but this Thai recipe was fairly mild in flavor but super tasty at the same time. I put it on top of cauliflower rice. I raved about it so much my sister made it, except the Thai flavors were too strong for her and her husband. But if you like Thai you should love this.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd crockpot carnitas

Crockpot Pork Carnitas: Looking at all the ingredients for this recipe in the crockpot made me wonder if it would turn out ok. But it was very simple and tasty. The Rowdy boys are it (always a good sign) and I loved it atop fajita veggies and topped with guacamole.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd baked chicken meatballs

Baked Chicken Meatballs: We don’t eat a lot of chicken mainly because James isn’t a big fan. But when I came across this recipe I knew I had to try them. The meatballs are good, but the real kicker was the homemade marinara sauce referenced in the recipe. I didn’t read the marinara instructions properly and diced my onion (and therefore never removed it from the pot), but it was delicious. I actually made a triple batch of the marinara a few weeks later and froze it for future meals. And yes, who can resist a meal with spiralized veggies. #oodlesofzoodles

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd coconut butter salmon

Coconut Butter Salmon: I received a gift card to Whole Foods from two sweet friends after Scarlett’s birth. So I splurged for salmon from Whole Foods to make this recipe and I loved it. I’ve already made it again! Maybe I never cooked salmon properly before, but it was cooked perfectly after following this recipe. I loved the coconut butter on top a lot more than James did, but once again, any savory-sweet combo wins me over every time.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd chicken parmagiana

Chicken Parmigiana: A friend told me about this recipe months ago, and it is so delicious. This was probably the sixth time I’ve made it. I ate it atop sweet potato and zucchini noodles and it was perfect.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd triple decker cups

Triple Decker Cups: There are several non-sweet treat recipes on Pinterest and in the 21dsd cookbooks. I made up my own version based on the ingredients I had in the pantry. I stored mine in the freezer and actually didn’t delve into them until after the first week, but it was great to have a little treat when a craving pops up.

21-day sugar detox recipes 21dsd chocolate mousse

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse: As a self-proclaimed chocolate lover, this recipe is a perfect semi-sweet treat on the 21dsd. I made it for Valentine’s Day dessert and I could have eaten the small batch myself, even though it was meant for two 🙂

Have you done the 21 DSD? What were your favorite 21-day sugar detox recipes?



I'm a full-time wife and semi-stay-at-home mom to four young kids. Day to day, I help my husband with his small business, but when I have any extra time, you can find me cooking or being active outdoors with my family. We live at the foothills of the North Georgia mountains and are embracing modern homesteading month by month.

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