First, the good news. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you can eat dessert. But the reality is that you do have to choose carefully, limit your portions, and it’s probably best to save them for special occasions.
That said, here are some dessert recipes to consider making the next time you need a sweet treat. They use simple substitutions to cut the fat, calories, and sugar. Make sure to cut back on other carbs during your meal to leave room for your dessert.
Low Sugar No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
A great light dessert, low in sugar and great for diabetics.
Number of Servings:8
2 pkgs. .3 oz sugar free strawberry gelatin
2 pkgs 8 oz fat free cream cheese
1/2 container Cool Whip Free
1 Reduced Fat Graham cracker crust
1.Mix strawberry gelatin in 1 cup boiling water till completely dissolved.
2.Allow to cool till thickened but not set.
3.In a separate bowl combine cream cheese, Cool Whip, and thickened gelatin till smooth.
4.Pour into graham crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Small Batch Brownies Recipe
If the dessert just has to be chocolate, these rich fudgy brownies are a perfect solution for your family.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar sustitute(splenda)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar, optional
1 brownie equals 179 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 138 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.
1.In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
2.In a small bowl, whisk egg and vanilla; gradually whisk in sugar(splenda). Stir in chocolate mixture.
3.Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture.
4.Transfer to a 9×5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray.Bake at 350° for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Yield: 6 servings.
2 cups blueberriessweetener (like Stevia or Splenda) equal to ¾ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp lemon zest
1 cup water
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 cup flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp saltsweetener equal to 2 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp butter (or vegan margarine)
¼ cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1.Preheat oven to 350 F.
2.Combine blueberries, sugar substitute, vanilla, lemon zest and water in a small saucepan.
3.Bring to boil and simmer, stirring, until the sweetener is dissolved.
4.Mix cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water and add to blueberries mixture. Bring to boil. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
5.Pour into lightly buttered pie dish (or 4 ramekins for individual servings) and cover with topping.
1.Mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar substitute and butter in a food processor or by hand until the mixture is crumbly.
2.Add milk and process until the mixture just holds together.
3.Using your hands, shape small pieces of dough and lay them on top of the filling.
4.Bake until golden, about 30 minutes.
Healthy Dessert Tips For Diabetes
One way to keep dessert in your day is to have it within an hour of your meal, and subtract main-meal carbs to make room for dessert carbs. Subtract the carbohydrates you would’ve gotten from, say, rice, pasta, or potatoes and replace them with a small portion of dessert.
To dine on dessert safely, here are some basics to keep in mind:
Eating fruit for dessert can help you reach the recommended two to four servings per day.
Include low-fat or nonfat dairy products in your desserts to help stay within the recommended two to three servings per day.
Always go for small portions or ask for extra spoons and share desserts with others.
Artificial sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose), Truvia (a sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant), and several others contain no sugar, and most don’t affect blood-sugar levels. But be sure to check the label on the back of the product. Some “sugar-free” desserts pack in a ton of carbs.
If you have any favourite Diabetic recipes you would like to share please post them in the comment section below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org