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24 Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Dessert Recipes for Everyone

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All-American Apple Pies
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All-American Apple Pies

Diabetic Living magazine spotlights this "diabetic-appropriate" recipe that goes light on both sugar and crust. These individual pies are baked in hollowed-out apples and topped with an airy lattice crust that features vegetable oil instead of fat-laden butter.

Recipe: Eating Well

Related: 20 Creative Pie Recipes to Spice Up Your Holidays

Berry Parfait
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Berry Parfait

After an abundant holiday meal, sometimes you want to go with a light finish. Berries are an ideal option for diabetic-friendly desserts, and this recipe notes any favorite berry will do. As creator/blogger Holly Clegg says, "This dessert tastes like a bit of decadence but is good for you. You wouldn't know it was healthy!"

Recipe: The Healthy Cooking Blog

Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Mousse Pie
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Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Mousse Pie

Blogger Brenda Bennett, aka "The Sugar-Free Mom," offers an answer to any dessert lover's prayers with this recipe that touches on so many favorites. The kicker? It's, wait for it... "made without sugar, low in carbs, gluten-free with a chocolatey crust and needs no baking at all."

Recipe: Sugar-Free Mom

Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie
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Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Blogger Liza Hawkins, who cooks for a diabetic husband and in-laws, offers up a healthier option for the holiday classic pumpkin pie, switching out cane sugar with stevia.

Recipe: (a)Musing Foodie

Ginger Plum Tart
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Ginger Plum Tart

Fruit takes center stage in this easy-to-make dessert that has added depth thanks to a spicy ginger accent. Serve it warm for extra flavor, and one reviewer says if you're not a fan of plums, you can instead feature pears, apples, or peaches.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Related: 19 Places Where Diabetics Can Safely Eat Out

Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies
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Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies

If you do like a spicy accent, here's another one that will surely please the kids — after all, they've never met a cookie they didn't like, right? Giada De Laurentiis offers up this five-star reviewed recipe that features old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, and allspice for a healthy kick.

Recipe: Food Network

Almond Spice Cookies
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Almond Spice Cookies

Break these out to cap a holiday brunch or casual lunch — and the taste will have no one thinking twice about the health benefits. As featured on UpwellBeing, it's noted that "almonds have long since been known for their ability to lower cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar, and promote weight loss. Presented in a delicious spice dough, these cookies will hit your sweet spot, while keeping you confidently on your health and wellness journey."

Recipe: UpwellBeing

Crustless Cranberry Pie
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Crustless Cranberry Pie

Destined to become a holiday favorite, this spin on a seasonal favorite flavor is low in carbs and features fresh cranberries and heart-healthy walnuts to boot.

Recipe: Everyday Diabetic Recipes

Creamy Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries
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Creamy Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries

Cheesecake means splurging, right? Not with this recipe that features a sugar substitute, low-fat cream cheese, lemon zest, sugar-free red raspberry preserves, and fresh raspberries. One reviewer switched it up, saying she "fixed this for Thanksgiving using blueberry Simply Fruit and frozen blueberries. It was a hit with both diabetics and non-diabetics." Another reviewer was "happy and feeling downright righteous."

Recipe: OnTrack Diabetes

Carrot Cake Towers
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Carrot Cake Towers

Don't be put off by the inclusion of flaxseed meal — blogger Amanda Formaro was hesitant but plowed ahead with this recipe she found online — and added it to her repertoire, as you may very well do, too. We figure the shredded carrots balance what she calls a "divine" cream-cheese frosting.

Recipe: EatingWell

Baked Pears
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Baked Pears

Elegance, not sugar, is in the spotlight with this recipe that features just three ingredients besides its namesake featured fruit. Simple prep gets this to the table, with unsweetened heavy cream an optional topper for this recipe endorsed by a registered dietitian.

Recipe: Healthy Recipes

Related: 28 Fall Recipes That Showcase Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert
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Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert

Cool down after a hot meal? Eating Well puts this frosty treat, featured in Diabetic Living magazine, at center stage. The recipe features fat-free cream cheese and yogurt and light dessert topping to create a low-calorie, low-carb and low-fat option.

Recipe: EatingWell

Sugar-Free Chocolate Lava Cake
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Sugar-Free Chocolate Lava Cake

Sweet As Honey's Carine Claudepierre notes this is "the healthiest chocolate lava cake recipe you will ever make" – and it sounds like it just may be, as it's not only sugar-free but also gluten- and dairy-free.

Recipe: Sweet As Honey

Sugar-Free Low-Carb Gingerbread Cookies
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Sugar-Free Low-Carb Gingerbread Cookies

You'll never have to tell the little ones these treats are both sugar-free and keto – but the adults can delight in the classic holiday treat without any guilt thanks to Maya Krampf's spice-driven recipe that yields lightly crispy outsides and yes, a little chewy inside. Just what a good cookie should be.

Recipe: Wholesome Yum

Cinnamon Banana Cake
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Cinnamon Banana Cake

Christmas morning brunch? We can imagine serving up this simple but flavorful option that combines low-fat yogurt with ripe bananas — and cinnamon, of course — to please any crowd.

Recipe: Everyday Diabetic Recipes

Pineapple Fluff
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Pineapple Fluff

Like to mix it up? Serve a creamy dessert with a hint of the tropics — and whet the appetite for winter getaways. This easy dish has but three ingredients, including sugar-free instant pudding, so you won't be stuck in the kitchen all day when you have a zillion other holiday chores. And you just might be making it often, as one reviewer noted it was "great after a big meal when you want something sweet but are full."

Recipe: Everyday Diabetic Recipes

Cranberry-Almond Tarts
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Cranberry-Almond Tarts

Want to add a bit of elegance to your holiday table? These little treats look as sophisticated as they are good for you — and we think you can never have enough cranberries (a great source of vitamin C and also a proven antioxidant) during the holiday season.

Recipe: Diabetic Gourmet Magazine

Healthy Vanilla Coconut Cake
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Healthy Vanilla Coconut Cake

Looking to create an old-fashioned layer cake that is made by spending family time — if just an hour — in the kitchen? That's this one, which also happens to be sugar-free, gluten-free, and grain-free. The recipe also notes even healthier options throughout, such as halving the sour cream with Greek yogurt.

Recipe: Healthy Indulgences

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk
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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk

Those who eat healthy all year long will feel more than comfortable capping a holiday meal with this dessert that combines health-conscious with tasty. After all, you get that chocolate fix but it comes with a power food such as chia seeds, not to mention almond milk.

Recipe: Diabetes Strong

Spoonable Pumpkin Pie
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Spoonable Pumpkin Pie

Diabetic Living's take on the holiday classic is served in a bowl, with a spoon. More like a pudding, this recipe gets its "diabetic appropriate" rating thanks to canned pumpkin, reduced-fat cream cheese, and fat- and sugar-free pudding mix.

Recipe: EatingWell

Related: Beyond Pie: 16 Ways to Cook or Bake With Pumpkin

Orange Ricotta Cake Roll
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Orange Ricotta Cake Roll

Billed as a family favorite finale to a classic Italian Christmas Eve dinner, this seasonal-friendly option from Californian Cathy Banks has us drooling. And those unsure of the ricotta? Try it, you'll be pleased (after all, you like a cannoli, right?).

Recipe: Taste of Home

Grilled Stone Fruit
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Grilled Stone Fruit

With "summer" fruits now available nearly all year and grills (outdoor or indoor) also used no matter the season, this Martha Stewart recipe offers an elegant — and simple — end to any holiday celebration. Add low-fat yogurt for a creamy-but-light accent.

Recipe: Martha Stewart

Eggnog Mousse
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Eggnog Mousse

Talk about a seasonal specialty — this diabetic-friendly interpretation of the classic holiday sip takes its place on the dessert table thanks to ingredients that include unflavored gelatin, reduced-fat eggnog, and reduced-fat whipped topping.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Keto-Friendly, Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate
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Keto-Friendly, Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

When the meal has been so good that the guests say they "couldn't eat another bite," then whip up this meal-ending treat. Sip without guilt since the warming drink includes unsweetened cocoa powder and almond milk.

Recipe: Simply So Healthy

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