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People with diabetes have to pay close attention to what they eat. Because of this fact, many people think that diabetics must eliminate desserts completely. Luckily, this isn’t true. There are many diabetic dessert recipes that fit within the guidelines of a diabetic diet.

Here’s a list of diabetic dessert recipes. Not only will these desserts tame your cravings for something sweet, but they won’t leave you in the kitchen for hours. All of these desserts are easy to prepare, even for those who are new to diabetic cooking!

Tasty Fruit Salad with Easy Yogurt Dressing

(makes five servings)

This refreshing fruit dessert is perfect for a summer night.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fruit (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, grapes, melon, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup plain, fat-free yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Toss together the various fruits in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour the dressing over the fruit and serve.

Banana Chocolate Parfait

(makes six servings)

With this tasty diabetic dessert recipe, you can enjoy chocolate and whipped cream!

Ingredients

  • 1 package sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup reduced-calorie whipped topping
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Make the chocolate pudding according to the package directions using skim milk. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Layer the pudding, whipped topping and bananas in parfait glasses or dessert-type dishes.
  3. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.

Dessert Nachos

(makes six servings)

Nachos for dessert? This diabetic dessert recipe might sound a bit odd, but it tastes great!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fat-free whipped topping
  • 2 Tbsp liquid low-calorie sweetener
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 fat-free flour tortillas
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups assorted berries (i.e., strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
  • 2 Tbsp toasted almonds, sliced
  • 2 tsp semi-sweet chocolate, grated

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the sour cream, whipped topping, liquid sweetener and cinnamon. Place it in the refrigerator until well chilled.
  2. Cut each tortilla into eight wedges and arrange on baking sheets. Spray each wedge lightly with the non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and then sprinkle it over the wedges. Bake the wedges in a 400 ˚F degree oven until firm, about five minutes. Remove them to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Place the tortilla wedges on six dessert plates. Top with berries and the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and grated chocolate.

Altering Regular Dessert Recipes

If you have a favorite dessert recipe that no longer fits into your diabetic diet, there is hope. Often, you can alter your favorite recipe by changing the sugar and fat content. Some ways you can do this include:

  • using a sugar substitute such as Splenda instead of regular sugar
  • using less sugar than the recipe calls for originally
  • using reduced-fat or non-fat products or ingredients.

Desserts to Avoid

People who are diabetic should definitely steer clear of desserts that are high in sugar and fat. As you become more familiar with a diabetic diet, you will learn what desserts are too high in sugar and fat to be good choices.

While it is always a good idea to choose lighter dessert options, for a special occasion, you can have a piece of birthday cake or other rich dessert that you would not normally eat. However, this should be done in extreme moderation and your doctor should be consulted in these instances.

 Posted on : 17th May 2014