Many people think that just because you have diabetes, you can no longer enjoy dessert. But here’s the thing – you absolutely CAN satisfy your sweet tooth when you have diabetes. To prove it, I put together the ultimate list of my most popular diabetic desserts that are blood sugar friendly, low carb, and taste amazing!
What desserts are good for diabetics?
First things first, dessert is not off limits with diabetes. Although you don’t need to cut out your favorite foods or desserts when you have diabetes, you do need to pay attention to your sugar and carb intake to prevent blood sugar spikes.
Let’s face it, the majority of desserts are loaded with added sugar and calories. So, if you want to keep your blood sugar balanced while still enjoying your favorite desserts, the best approach is to limit the added sugars – and if you can increase the fiber, protein, and healthy fat in the process, even better!
There are a lot of ways you can reduce the added sugar in dessert recipes to make them more diabetes friendly. Once way is to use natural sweetness of fruit or sugar-free sweeteners like erythritol, allulose or stevia can help reduce both the sugar and calorie content of your desserts. This gives you a sweet dessert with fewer carbs and added sugar, and often boosts fiber in the process. Which means, you can eat a delicious sweet treat without spiking your blood sugar.
Low carb diabetic desserts
So you have diabetes and love dessert? No problem. I have you covered! No matter what your go-to dessert option is, this list is sure to have more than one recipe that will get your mouth watering (without sending your blood sugar soaring)… Get ready to love dessert again!
One slice of this indulgent chocolate cake has only 132 calories and 3 grams of carbs. Since it has no added sugars, it is the perfect diabetes friendly treat for birthdays, special occasions, or even just because!
Featuring chocolate protein powder and natural peanut butter, this cake pop recipe is low in calories and sugar, high in protein, and full of flavor. Plus, these are just too fun to make!
I decided to swap bananas instead replacement of added sugar to sweeten up a batch of cookies… and the result was amazing – these are SO good. This low sugar cookie recipe will definitely have you reaching into the cookie jar for more! Watch my video and see how these are so easy to make, my kids can do it almost entirely by themselves!
Who doesn’t love a creamy, indulgent milkshake? This recipe is low carb with no added sugars and packed with protein, meaning it can actually be a great snack or meal-on-the-go, but tastes just like dessert. And the best part is this chocolatey milkshake treat that won’t spike your blood sugar.
Sometimes fruit makes the best dessert! The perfect example of that is this watermelon pizza recipe, which is loads of fun for the whole family and sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. In just 4 ingredients, you get fiber, antioxidants, and protein to help fuel your family’s summertime adventures.
Gooey and cinnamon-sweet like Cinnabon, but without all the excess sugar, this cinnamon roll mug cake recipe is sure to be a hit. And get this – it only has 7 grams of sugar per serving- that’s a 57 grams of sugar LESS than those mall cinnamon rolls we all love!
As the weather cools down during fall and winter, our desserts tend to get warmer and cozier… that’s where this keto hot chocolate recipe comes in handy! With just 32 calories and 1 gram of sugar, this hot cocoa will warm up those chilly nights and won’t impact your blood sugar.
Do you remember always asking to lick the spoon after mixing brownie batter when you were a kid? Let’s face it, I am an adult and that is still my favorite part of baking brownies. Which is why I made this brownie dough dip recipe. All the flavor of brownie batter without the added sugar or risk of contracting a foodborne illness! Plus, it only has 1 gram of sugar per serving!
This keto sugar cookie recipe gives you sugar cookies with all the sweetness but none of the sugar… I know what you’re thinking, sugar-free sugar cookies? It’s possible and it tastes the same, but is packed with nutrients and fiber thanks to the superstar ingredient- avocado!
If chewy chocolate cookies are more your vibe, this recipe will definitely be your favorite. Prunes give these cookies their sweetness and some fiber while also cutting the calories. Each cookie has only 97 calories and 6 grams of natural sugar from prunes!
If Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are your favorite candy, you know how difficult it can be to stop at just one… with this easy low calorie peanut butter cup recipe, you can have a handful without all the sugar and guilt!
More diabetes-friendly recipes
I hope that you found some inspiration in this list of diabetic dessert recipes. No need to feel restricted when you have diabetes, desserts can be healthy and keep your blood sugar balanced!
For even more diabetes-friendly recipes, check out the rest of my recipe blog. I have quick and easy healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between like snacks and desserts that will satisfy the entire family.