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When it comes to dessert, many people with diabetes are scared off by the prospect of dealing with high blood sugar levels afterwards.
Thankfully, there are plenty of sweet treats out there that are both healthy and delicious, so you can still enjoy your favorite sweet things even if you’re watching your blood sugar!
Check out these 10 healthy desserts for people with diabetes that will keep your blood sugar down while keeping your taste buds happy!
1) Chocolate cake
While it’s true that a chocolate cake can spike your blood sugar, you don’t have to give up your favorite sweet treat entirely. Add fewer carbs to reduce your blood sugar spike.
Use milk instead of water in a recipe so your homemade dessert has more protein and calcium, add mashed beans or avocado to make it more filling, too. If you must serve an actual dessert item (such as brownies), use erythritol or stevia in place of sugar and make sure there are no hidden sugars in ingredients like fruit or milk powder.
As with any recipes that call for refined flour, choose a variety that is lower on the glycemic index than most white flours e.g., all-purpose wheat flour is preferred over bleached all-purpose flour.
It takes practice to figure out how much of an ingredient you can swap with another one without sacrificing taste or texture you might need to play around before getting it right.
It’s almost impossible to have a cookie and not want another, especially when they’re warm from your oven. Luckily, cookies can be made with healthier ingredients and sugar-free or low-carb baking options make it easy to enjoy something sweet while still watching your sugar intake.
If you’re looking for more of a breakfast on-the-go treat, try making mini muffins by scooping out enough batter to make one big cookie (or regular sized if you prefer).
You won’t need any special tools just an ice cream scoop will do! Bake these at 350 degrees F until browned on top and serve with a nice cup of coffee.
Make sure to use stevia as your sweetener instead of sugar or white/brown sugars so you don’t add extra calories in addition to those found in cookies!
Flourless Chocolate Brownies are also a good option, gluten free flours work great too and are usually better tolerated than wheat flour due to how differently people react.
Pastries are easy to love, but not necessarily easy to digest. Sugar and flour, two of their main ingredients, spike blood sugar levels and are quickly converted into fat.
If you’re trying to eat healthy for people with diabetes and lose weight in a healthy way, limit your intake of sugary pastries. Instead, substitute whole grains for refined flours.
An old-fashioned or pecan pie made with rolled oats or whole wheat flour is much better than a traditional version made with white flour.
Additionally, dessert should be something that really indulges your sweet tooth, low calorie options can still taste amazing without tasting like cardboard!
So before throwing out all carbs just because they raise your blood sugar, check labels and seek out healthier versions of pastries so you can indulge while still taking care of yourself.
4) Ice cream
Did you know that one pint of ice cream has up to 12 grams of carbs? That’s almost half of what a person with diabetes should eat in an entire day! This makes it very important to pick lower carb options if you want to enjoy a yummy frozen treat.
Thankfully, there are many low carb ice creams on store shelves these days. In fact, most grocery stores have at least a few different varieties to choose from. It is also fairly easy to make your own if you have an ice cream maker (though they can be pricey).
To keep your blood sugar levels under control and still enjoy yourself, try choosing desserts with only 3-5 grams of carbohydrates per serving and avoid items with added sugars or unhealthy ingredients.
After all, dessert is not worth ending your meal early or putting yourself into a diabetic coma! Following a healthier diet doesn’t mean giving up all your favorite treats.
Many people think of yoghurt as a healthier choice, because it is fat-free and made from milk. However, not all varieties are equally healthy.
Read labels carefully, choose those that contain live cultures, and skip any flavors with added sugar. Consider adding fresh fruit to your yoghurt or use it in smoothies instead of regular milk.
It’s also important to be aware that some people have trouble digesting lactose (the type of sugar found in dairy).
Are you on a low-carb diet? These gluten-free pancakes are your best bet. Made of almond flour, eggs, bananas and cinnamon, they’re a good way to start any day low in carbs, with tons of fiber and potassium to boot.
Add some peanut butter or berries on top and you’ll feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast. It’s sure to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Rich in fiber and vitamins, muffins are a great way to treat yourself without feeling bad afterwards.
One of our favorite healthy dessert recipes is apple cinnamon, but you can substitute any fruit or spice you like in place of cinnamon to make it your own.
The only problem with muffins is that they often lack protein, so if you find yourself hungry after eating one, grab an apple and eat it along with your dessert.
Apple chunks will give your muffin more texture while giving you the protein needed to feel satisfied until lunch time.
Perhaps one of our favorite desserts is pudding. Puddings are traditionally made with milk, sugar and eggs, which aren’t optimal for people with diabetes.
However, you can whip up a batch that isn’t full of sugar by making your own pudding at home. Try some of these recipes: chocolate pudding , banana pudding , coconut cream pie or s’mores pudding .
All of them are easy to make and have less than 10 grams of carbohydrate per serving! It’s truly possible to enjoy a delicious dessert without worrying about sugar spikes from added sugars!
When you think of cheesecake, you might envision a giant slab of cream cheese-topped dessert that’s way too rich for your blood. Luckily, times have changed.
Cheesecakes can now be made with all-natural ingredients and healthy fats like coconut oil or organic butter and sweetened with stevia or erythritol.
But best of all, they’re still just as creamy and decadent as they always were! And you can enjoy yours with diabetes and guilt free!
This dessert is a unique variation on crumble, as we use bananas for its creamy texture and natural sweetness. A single serving of our Banana Crumble contains 160 calories and 8 grams of fat.
If you’re not a fan of bananas, switch it out for your favorite fruit, mangos and berries make a great substitution.
However, with 160 milligrams of potassium in each serving (about half an average daily requirement), it is important to include potassium-rich foods like bananas into your diabetes diet. And with only 2.8 grams of total carbohydrates per serving.
Keep in mind that too much sugar can increase your blood glucose levels so indulge in moderation!
Diabetes is a growing epidemic, but don’t let it keep you from enjoying delicious desserts.
We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite healthy desserts for diabetics that will still satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up without feeling guilty!
Whether you want to make them yourself or order one at a restaurant, try out some of these healthy dessert ideas today.
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