25 Diabetes-Friendly Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

By , SparkPeople Blogger
So, just like 29 million other people in the country, you have diabetes. You're learning to live with the condition—eating healthier, exercising and maybe even taking medication to keep your blood sugar within a safe range. You're determined to keep your diabetes under control, rather than letting it control you.  
And then…the holidays.
Here comes November, the start of the sweetest season of all. There's a festive flurry of office parties, family dinners and neighborhood gatherings—and all of them seem to share one common thread: scrumptious, sugary desserts.
Where does that leave you?
When you're diagnosed with diabetes, sugar instantly turns into a four-letter word, and cookies, cakes, pies and other sweet treats become taboo. But with smart recipes like these, you can still enjoy your favorite desserts (in moderation, of course) without putting yourself in the danger zone.  

1. Mini Gluten-Free Cherry Pies: These adorable petite pies are low in sugar and size, but big on tantalizing taste.

Image courtesy of Jo Cooks
2. Low-Sugar Anisette Cookies: Not only do they add a festive flair to the table, they satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth with not a lot of sugar.
Image courtesy of Amanda's Cookin'

3. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies: These quick and easy cranberry chocolate chip cookies are whole grain and naturally sweetened.
Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

4. Apricot Protein Balls: This dessert is 100 percent sweetened with dates. (Vanilla protein powder could be replaced with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract if desired.)

Image courtesy of One Clever Chef
5. Healthy Flourless Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bites: Full of dark chocolate, peppermint and coffee flavors, these bite-sized treats have no butter, oil, flour or sugar.

Image courtesy of 
Amy's Healthy Baking

6. Sugar-Free Strawberry Shortcakes: Reduced-fat cream cheese replaces some of the butter used to make a traditional biscuit, resulting in only half of the fat and calories.

7. Chocolate Truffle Torte: This low-sugar, low-carb treat lets you indulge your chocolate cravings without the blood sugar spike.  


8. Baklava Stuffed Pears: Filled with nuts, this recipe gets its sweetness from fruit and honey instead of refined sugars.  

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish

9. Cranberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies: These cookies are sweetened with coconut sugar to keep them clean-eating friendly.

Image courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking

10. Mixed Fruit Sugar-Free Trifle: Low in sugar and sweetened with agave nectar, this diabetes-friendly dessert is as beautiful as it is delicious.


11. Sugar-Free Chocolate Soufflé: This sugar-free, low-carb treat comes from the pantry to your holiday dessert table in just three minutes.

12. The Ultimate Healthy Gingerbread Cookies: They won’t give you a sugar high (or crash) like traditional gingerbread cookies.

Image courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking

13. Pistachio Butter Cups: Pistachio butter is the creamy filling for these chocolate cups. Using dark chocolate (85 percent or higher) also makes this small treat low in sugar.

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish
14. Almond Joy Sugar-Free Fudge: Make extra to give as healthy holiday gifts!


15. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: Packed with warm, cozy spices, these low-sugar cupcakes are practically healthy enough for breakfast.

Image courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking

16. Raw Date Brownies: These 5-ingredient brownies are low-carb and naturally sweetened with dates for a healthier snack or dessert.

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

17. Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Brownies: Enjoy the decadent taste of chocolate fudge, without exceeding your sugar quota.

Image courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking

18. Healthy No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Bites: These mini cheesecake bites are naturally sweetened and made with lower-fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt for a lightened up (and portion-controlled) but super creamy and delicious dessert.

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

19. No-Bake Almond Thumbprint Cookies: No refined sugar, gluten, dairy or egg—and best of all, no oven!

Image courtesy of  The Healthy Apple

20. Skinny Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls: Diabetes is no match for these refined-sugar-free cinnamon rolls—perfect for Christmas morning!

Image courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking

21. No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls: These no-bake treats taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie but are made with wholesome ingredients. They're also gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and have no added sugar.

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

22. Grammy's Chocolate Mousse: Simple, satisfying and surprisingly low in sugar.

23. Sugar-Free Chocolate Truffles: Look no further for a festive, healthy hostess gift.


24. Healthy Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars: Made with no butter, refined flour or sugar, each party-pleasing bar is only 108 calories.

Image courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking
25. Chocolate Avocado Pudding: This recipe uses silky avocados as the base, but you wouldn’t know from tasting it. Avocados are rich in healthy fats, which slows down the sugar spike you might get from standard pudding.

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish
What are your favorite low-sugar or sugar-free treats to enjoy during the holidays?

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GEORGE815 5/3/2020
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NIKO27 2/12/2020
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FRAN0426 1/31/2020
Going to save this and think we will enjoy many of these great deserts over time Report
Oh yummy!!!! Saved to my favorites and anxious to try...thank you! Report
MILPAM3 11/18/2019
The pictures alone have my mouth watering. Think of the aromas! Report
ERIN_POSCH 11/17/2019
thanks for sharing Report
LOULOU1709 11/6/2019
I’m not a diabetic, I’m a prediabetic. And
U’re so right. Report
LOULOU1709 11/6/2019
Thanks for all those Yummy recipes. I don’t know
which one to make first. Report
Thank you for sharing! Report
Thank you. They all look so yummy. Report
I don’t want to cause problems but I have to take issue with a comment left here. I’ve been a diabetic for 18 years and never heard you are supposed to be under 20 g of carb a day. My doctor and nutritionist only say a serving of carb should be 15 g or under with 2-3 servings per day. 20 g per day would be almost impossible not to mention not healthy. We need some carbs for fuel. Report
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like anything, read the information and take what you want from it. I like all the suggestions. In life too much of any one thing is not good. Report
What a waste of time I spent on this post. First-the number one spot cherry pies--since when is canned cherry pie filling low in sugar. Second only 12 of the recipes actually had the nutrition label included--so how can you truly know what you are eating? Third out of the 13 only 6 had less than 25gcarbs/serving--which is more than the daily limit of carbs (diabetics should be less than 20g carb/day) Old thinking and out dated science is why diabetes is still an epidemic. Huge disappointment--I hope diabetics don't eat these things. Report
Why does everyone seem to assume that only sugar is bad for diabetics? Starch, as in flour, bread, etc. will spike the blood sugar as fast or faster than sugar. I didn't look at all these recipes, but the three I did were based on flour. Fine if you're not insulin resistant, horrible if you are. No thanks. Report
Wonderful ideas! Thank you! Report
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I will be using a lot of these thanks Report
wonderful my husband has type 2 so these were just what I needed
Lots of good looking sweets. Thank you for sharing! Report
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Great ideas! Report
I'd like to "taste test" all of them. They all look delicious! Report
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Amazing! Report
Actually most type 2s can tolerate some sugar. Report
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Articles like this aggravate me to no end. Even though they may be reduced, these recipes are still full of grains and sugars. Just because they are *healthIER* it doesn't make them *HEALTHY*. And what does *moderation* mean anyway? 1 treat? 2 treats? 10 treats? This article perpetuates the idea that eating junk like this is *normal*. We would be far better off changing our thinking and learning how to not want unhealthy foods like these. Report
They all look good! Report
I will have to try some of these for DH. Report
looks like some of these will work Report
Thank you for the suggestions. Here comes dessert without feeling guilty. Report
Some great ideas and a chance to have a dessert again. Report
Good article. The desserts look so YUMMY! Report
Great and yummy! Good to know all these low-calorie desserts. Thanks for sharing! Report
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Will have to look further into these to see if they are suitable for a prediabetic diet. Most seem like they would still be too high in natural sugars and carbs. Report
Haven't had a dessert in 10 months, this will be a treat Report