50 Delicious Diabetic Dessert Recipes Everyone Will Love
When it's dessert time, diabetics have to exercise caution since a spike in blood sugar can be problematic. But that doesn't mean dessert is something diabetics have to give up. All of these treats are tasty enough to serve to people with or without blood-sugar concerns. What's more, making your own diabetic-friendly desserts can be much cheaper than relying on store-bought options.
Giving freshly sliced peaches, nectarines, and apricots a turn on the grill adds a caramelization that intensifies their natural sweet-tart flavor. With the heightened flavors there is no need for extra sugar of any kind, making this an easy and natural way to satisfy a sweet tooth. This recipe uses peaches. Recipe: The Kitchn
Chia pudding is actually a superfood dessert that is beneficial to health, making even more of a case to include dessert into your daily routine. Just a touch of honey sweetens this protein rich dessert that promotes steady blood sugar while incorporating a hefty dose of fiber, especially beneficial for those with diabetes. Recipe: Allrecipes
Peanut butter and chocolate is a flavor match made in heaven, and it's also a boost of nutrition in desserts thanks to the added protein and sugar-stabilizing natural fats in peanut butter. This recipe also provides alternatives to wheat flour for those who want to take it a step further. Recipe: Diabetic Living
These cookies use just a tiny amount of sugar and get an extra boost of protein and fat from almond butter for a balanced lineup of ingredients. Omitting the flour lowers the carb load and creates a dense and almost fudgy cookie that feels even more indulgent than traditional cookies. Recipe: Martha Stewart
This ice-box cake adaptation uses sugar-free versions of classic treats like cookies and ice cream to make a classically flavored frozen dessert. You can customize the dish by substituting your favorite sugar-free flavored cookies and ice cream to mix and match. Recipe: Health
These cupcakes are flavored for the winter holidays. The generous use of baking spices adds flavor without calories while the molasses and unsweetened apple sauce both help to create a soft texture and sweet profile without too much additional sugar. Recipe: Everyday Diabetic Recipes
This pretty looking cake is moist and sweet, even though it uses small amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes and whole-wheat pastry flour for half of the flour content. Mashed banana is always a go-to for great texture and flavor when trying to cut down on fat and sugar. Recipe: Diabetic Living
This twist on a classic treat allows those with diabetes to enjoy s'mores just like everyone else. Using coconut and berries brings down the overall glycemic load of the dish, and substituting dark chocolate for classic milk chocolate cuts the sugar down significantly while also pairing better with the sweet and tart blackberries. Recipe: Better Homes & Gardens
The holidays can be an especially hard time for those with sugar sensitivities, so it's always nice to include a diabetic-friendly recipe in the lineup. These classic and colorful cookies can be made with a sugar substitute of your choice to make them safe for everyone to enjoy. Recipe: Diabetic Gourmet
Carrot cake gets a lot of its flavor and moisture from grated carrots, already lightening the load for those watching their fat and sugar intake. This recipe takes it a step further by including protein- and fiber-rich flax meal that makes this dessert a healthy-ish option at the end of any festive meal. Recipe: Amanda's Cookin'
These all-purpose chocolate cookies are versatile to enjoy on their own or use in other recipes. Using nuts and high-quality chocolate is key to creating the pleasant crumbly texture and a deep chocolate flavor that is just lightly sweetened. Recipe: InformationAboutDiabetes.com
A wintertime staple, pumpkin pie can be turned into a diabetic-friendly recipe with two simple tweaks. Using a sugar substitute along with nixing the crust reduces the risk of any blood-sugar spikes while maintaining the creamy and deeply flavored pie interior, which is the best part anyway. Recipe: Emory Healthcare
These airy little cookies are based on wheat germ and eggs. The addition of almond extract gives them a boost of flavor without adding any extra carbs, calories, or sugar. You could play around with different extracts for different flavored cookies, like vanilla, orange, or even mint. Recipe: TypeFreeDiabetes
This cheesecake preserves the crust for those who simply cannot do without it. But to make it diabetic friendly, the crust is made from chopped nuts and almond flour, rather than cookies that are high in sugar and carbs. Using sugar-free sweeteners and chocolate chips is also an option to make the entire dish sugar free. Recipe: SoFabFood
This sophisticated take on a seasonal staple is an ultra-light way to get your fix of sweet, pumpkin-spiced dessert. All squashes, including pumpkin, offer deep, natural sweetness without spiking blood sugar, making them a natural fit for diabetic-friendly desserts. Recipe: Diabetic Connect
Nuts, raisins, and apples add natural body and sweetness to this cake, allowing the recipe to cut back on added sweeteners and the total quantity of flour needed. The natural tartness of the apples actually makes the other ingredients seem more sweet, offering a balance of flavors in the finished cake. Recipe: TypeFreeDiabetes
Berries are a lifesaver when it comes fruity, baked desserts, thanks to their intense zingy flavor that is at once sweet, tart, and always low on the glycemic index. Using apple juice concentrate to sweeten this dish keeps all of the required sugars natural and unprocessed. Recipe: Recipe4Living
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