Low carb Christmas desserts that take amazing? No, it’s not a dream. These these low carb dessert recipes are delicious, diabetes-friendly, and dietitian-approved!
It may feel like Christmas desserts are off-limits if you have diabetes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As a Registered Dietitian, my mission is to show you how you can eat what you love without spiking your blood sugar. And that’s why I have rounded up this list of 11 amazing low carb Christmas desserts! From low sugar snickerdoodle dip, to no-bake brownie bites, keto banana bread and chocolate fudge – there is a low carb Christmas dessert for everyone!
These sweet treats will satisfy your craving while keeping blood sugar balanced- and they are all dietitian-approved!
Here’s why you are craving dessert
Reducing your intake of added sugars can be a struggle, especially during the holidays if you have diabetes. However, food cravings themselves may be brought on by the meal choices you make.
To help curb cravings this holiday season, one strategy may be to reduce the overall glycemic load of your meal choices, while simultaneously working to reduce the intake of added sugars.
This combination may help fight cravings, as well as manage hunger. Luckily, having a simple visual plate method can make holiday meals with type 2 diabetes a breeze!
How to Create a Low Carb Dessert
Dessert is not off limits with diabetes or anyone following a low carb, keto diet. Although you don’t need to cut out your favorite foods or desserts, you do need to pay attention to your sugar and carb intake to prevent blood sugar spikes.
The best approach is to limit the added sugars and refined carbs – and if you can increase the fiber, protein, and healthy fat in the process, even better!
10 Low Carb Christmas Desserts
From cakes to chocolate, to cheesecake, brownies and cake, this list is sure to have more than one dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth (without sending your blood sugar soaring).
Here are 11 delicious low carb desserts for Christmas, all under 15 grams of carbs. And each low carb dessert is dietitian-approved & blood-sugar-friendly.
Keto Chocolate Banana Bread | Erin Palinski-Wade
This low carb banana bread is made with almond butter and sweetened only with bananas and a touch of sugar free chocolate chips. If you’re feeling festive, add a tablespoon of gingerbread spice for a fun, festive twist!
Calories: 132 Carbs: 11g Protein: 3g Fat: 9g Fiber: 5g
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bark | Erin Palinski-Wade
The creamy dark chocolate and tart raspberries compliment each other perfectly in this decadent dessert. Using just two ingredients, and no added sugars, helps to add antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats for a balance of nutrients that promotes stable blood sugars while you get your chocolate fix.
Calories: 63 Carbs: 7g Protein: 1g Fat: 4g Fiber: 1g
Brownie Batter Dip | Erin Palinski-Wade
Skip the boxed brownies and add this brownie batter dip to your Christmas dessert menu. Oat flour adds soluble fiber to this recipe, which can help to slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream for an even rise and fall in blood sugar. You get all the flavor of brownie batter without the added sugar.
Calories: 79 Carbs: 13g Protein: 5g Fat: 2g Fiber: 3g
Low Calorie Peanut Butter Cups | Erin Palinski-Wade
If Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are your favorite candy, you need to try these. They taste just like the real thing, but use Greek yogurt instead of added fat or sugar to maintain the texture with less saturated fat, fewer calories, and no added sugar.
Calories: 18 Carbs: 2g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Fiber: 1g
No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites | Milk & Honey Nutrition
If you’ve ever wanted to impress loved ones with an amazingly delicious dessert recipe, this no bake cheesecake recipe is just what you need. With 2g of protein and 2g of fiber (and only 2g of sugar) in each bite, you’ll be full and satisfied and have some pretty happy blood sugar levels!
Calories: 70 Carbs: 6g Protein: 2g Fat: 5g Fiber: 2g
Vegan Chocolate Coconut Fudge | Haute & Healthy Living
This vegan chocolate coconut fudge is rich, chocolatey and contains a secret ingredient that increases its fiber and protein content… lentils! It’s also lower in sugar than your typical fudge so you won’t have to worry about blood sugar spikes.
Calories: 126 Carbs: 12g Protein: 4g Fat: 8g Fiber: 4g
Raw Brownie Bites | Chelsey Amer Nutrition
These fudgy brownie bites only have five simple ingredients. Dates add fiber and natural sweetness, while black beans help make these brownies decadent and filling with extra fiber and protein.
Calories: 57 Carbs: 12g Protein: 2g Fat: 3g Fiber: 1g
Gluten Free Cake Pops | Shaw Simple Swaps
Featuring almond flour and chia seeds, these gluten free cake pops taste just like a traditional cake pop but with 50% less sugar and 4 grams of protein. With only 6 grams of carbs, you can feel good about having a “slice” of cake for dessert!
Calories: 114 Carbs: 6g Protein: 4g Fat: 9g Fiber: 2g
Watermelon Christmas Trees | Haute & Healthy Living
Watermelon Christmas trees are the perfect way to add festive fun to dessert! Greek yogurt is piped onto the watermelon trees to form decorations and added protein. You can even decorate them with dried fruit, nuts or seeds, or sprinkle coconut flakes to add a snow effect and create a balanced dessert.
Calories: 19 Carbs: 4g Protein: 1g Fat: 0g Fiber: 0g
Low Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookie Dip | Milk & Honey Nutrition
This creamy, low sugar snickerdoodle dip is a delicious way to get your snickerdoodle cookie fix without the added sugar. It’s the perfect dip for fiber rich fruits and crackers so you can enjoy the holidays without worrying about your blood sugar.
Calories: 81 Carbs: 6g Protein: 3g Fat: 6g Fiber: 1g
No Bake Brownie Protein Bar | Shaw Simple Swaps
Prunes and avocado help make these brownies fudgy and decadent while also adding fiber and monounsaturated fats. With 9 grams of protein per serving, these low carb brownie bars will keep you full and slow the digestion of carbohydrates.
Calories: 142 Carbs: 10g Protein: 9g Fat: 9g Fiber: 2g
The bottom line:
There’s no need to feel restricted around the holidays when you have diabetes, desserts can be healthy and keep your blood sugar balanced.
Whether you’re looking for a lower calorie, no sugar added, or low carb dessert – or maybe you just want to increase your fiber or protein intake, you’ll find an option in the list above.
Get ready to enjoy some low carb Christmas desserts.
Go give any of these low carb desserts for Thanksgiving a try & if you love them as much as I do, remember to give them a 5-star rating & share what you made with me on Instagram by tagging me @ErinPalinskiWade.
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