Even if you live with diabetes, you can still enjoy dessert! From vegan Chocolate to delicious baked goods, plenty of options are made with less sugar. Try one of our favorite diabetic-friendly recipes and indulge guilt-free. The ideas on this list are so tasty you can treat your friends and family.
1. Vegan Chocolate Bars
Chocolate bars are beloved for their unmistakable tempered snap and rich, creamy flavor. It’s easy to indulge in your favorite treat and stay on track when you choose vegan Chocolate. For those who have diabetes, we recommend plant-based dark chocolate bars made with organic cacao. Ultra-dark Chocolate features a simple, wholesome ingredient list and fudgy flavor that will satisfy you and help to keep your glucose in check.
If you love milk chocolate, choose vegan milk chocolate bars. Our favorites feature oat milk instead of dairy, so you don’t need to stress about having extra sugar. Along with these simple swaps, you can pick from bite-size chocolate bars made with pure cacao or smooth non-dairy milk. A small square should be all you need to enjoy dessert and watch your health. You can even take mini chocolate bars on the go or while traveling. If you’re tempted to eat a sugary treat, you can reach for these delicious lower-sugar snacks instead.
2. Grilled Fruit
A grilled fruit recipe offers a beautiful presentation and instantly elevates the flavors of your favorite fruit. Whether you love the taste of pineapple or peaches, this DIY delight makes a fun activity you’ll love to eat for dessert. Make grilling easier when you make fruit kebabs. Or choose a fruit and cook your treats in foil.
Every fruit is so delicious off the grill that you can eat it plain. Strawberries are delicious when you give them a smoky flavor, but we also bet you’ll love grilled apple slices or watermelon. If you prefer, sprinkle your fruit with fresh mint or heat it with chili powder. Some like to add balsamic vinegar or cinnamon.
Create a taste infusion to tantalize your taste buds! Try a drizzle of maple syrup or a squirt of citrus like lemon or lime. You could also top your fruit with a dollop of a non-dairy frozen dessert or vegan whipped topping. Try combining your grilled fruit with fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries for the perfect mix of flavor and texture.
3. Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
If chocolate chip cookies are your favorite dessert, you’re in luck! This classic dessert recipe is still tasty but without added sugar. A traditional batch of sugar-free chocolate chip cookies calls for a granulated sugar substitute and low-sugar baking chocolate. You can also swap out your usual semisweet chocolate chips for bittersweet chocolate baking discs to keep the dessert delicious and healthy.
Choose plant-based butter instead of dairy butter, and then pick a quality pure vanilla extract to give your cookies their distinct flavor. For those who like nuts in their chocolate chip cookies, feel free to add chopped walnuts or pecans. You’ll have fun making them at home. You’ll also be impressed at how easy it is to make diabetic-friendly cookies in your kitchen with delicious and wholesome ingredients.
4. Drinking Chocolate
There’s nothing like the cozy taste of hot cocoa. Keep it low in sugar when you choose quality drinking Chocolate made with crumbles of bittersweet drinking chocolate. Plant-based, 64% cacao crumbles will give you a deep fudgy flavor without the added sugar in some powdered beverages.
Vegan-drinking chocolate crumbles are so versatile that you can use them to make a hot mocha. Melt the chocolate bits for a smooth, velvety texture. Then, add your favorite flavors or toppings to create your unique version of Drinking Chocolate. Adding sugar to your cocoa is unnecessary, but you can enhance the rich chocolate notes with toppings or spices.
Cinnamon and ginger are delicious in hot cocoa or mocha, but you can add interesting flavors like turmeric or cardamom. Black pepper combines well with almost any other spice in your cabinet. Another option is to infuse your drinking chocolate with non-dairy milk like almond or oat milk. Create just one cup of craft cocoa, and you’ll notice the difference, especially when you realize it has less sugar!
5. Fruit Pops
Fruit pops are full of sweet flavor and taste refreshing on a hot day. Best of all, they’re easy to make and require only a short list of ingredients. When you DIY, you’ll ensure they’re low in sugar. Plus, you’ll get to include your favorite fruit.
First, choose your fruit or combination of fruits and blend it into a puree. Keep your mixture plain or include flavoring like orange or lime juice. Then, add sweetener or some non-dairy milk. Freeze them overnight, and you’re ready to indulge in a fresh, fruity dessert!
A silicone popsicle mold with a set of reusable sticks will help you create perfect ice pops. If you’re unsure which fruit to try first, strawberries are delicious with a hint of lemon juice. You can add a sweetener like pure maple syrup or a creamy inclusion like coconut milk, but it’s not required to make this a tasty dessert. One of our favorite ice pop recipes features a simple mixture of pureed mango chunks and lime juice.
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6. Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake is a wholesome dessert recipe, but you can make it lower in sugar with the right ingredients. One of our favorite recipes for healthy angel food cake is low-calorie and low-carb for a light, fluffy texture with no worries. A secret ingredient in this recipe is granulated monk fruit instead of sugar. You’ll also use go-to gluten-free ingredients like arrowroot starch and white sorghum flour.
If you don’t want egg whites in your angel food cake, you can keep it vegan by swapping it for aquafaba or a flaxseed meal. Double-check a conversion chart to make sure you use the right amount. Other possible vegan egg substitutes include bananas or applesauce. Vanilla extract and salt help balance the ingredients and give a sweet flavor.
When you’re done baking your angel food cake, serve it plain or with your favorite fresh fruit on top. Some of the best angel food cake toppings include strawberries or blueberries. Or choose a combination of delicious blackberries and raspberries.
Enjoy a Diabetic-Friendly Dessert Recipe
When you live with diabetes, you must be intentional about your diet. The right recipes and ingredient swaps will help you create and enjoy Chocolate and baked goods that taste amazing and keep you healthy. If you have questions about dessert and blood sugar, please talk to your doctor. In the meantime, check out these wholesome and delicious dessert recipes.