Living with diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up on desserts

Living with diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up on desserts

Living with diabetes¹ can be a challenge, to say the least, especially when it comes to satisfying the need for a sweet. But these six desserts, each with 7 grams of sugar or fewer, can give your sweet tooth the fix it’s been looking for.

1. Berry Parfait

Indulge in the natural sweetness of berries with this delicious parfait. Layer fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Top it off with a sprinkle of chopped nuts for added crunch. This guilt-free dessert is not only low in sugar but also packed with antioxidants and fibre.

2. Dark Chocolate Bark

Dark chocolate lovers, rejoice! This diabetes-friendly dessert is a treat for your taste buds. Melt dark chocolate and spread it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle chopped almonds, dried cranberries, and a pinch of sea salt on top. Let it cool and harden in the refrigerator before breaking it into bite-sized pieces.

3. Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, and they make a great base for a diabetes-friendly pudding. Mix chia seeds with unsweetened almond milk, a dash of vanilla extract, and a pinch of cinnamon. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and create a creamy pudding-like texture. Top it with a few slices of fresh fruit for added sweetness.

4. Baked Apples

Warm, comforting, and low in sugar, baked apples are a perfect dessert for those with diabetes. Core an apple and fill the center with a mixture of chopped nuts, cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Bake it in the oven until the apple is tender and the filling is golden brown. Serve it with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a touch of creaminess.

5. Coconut Macaroons

These delightful coconut macaroons are a great alternative to traditional high-sugar cookies. Mix shredded coconut, egg whites, vanilla extract, and a small amount of sugar substitute. Shape the mixture into small mounds and bake until golden brown. These chewy and sweet treats will satisfy your cravings without causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

6. Frozen Yogurt Bark

Beat the heat with this refreshing and diabetes-friendly frozen treat. Mix Greek yogurt with a small amount of honey or sugar substitute, and spread it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top it with your favorite fruits, such as sliced strawberries or blueberries. Freeze until firm, then break it into pieces and enjoy.

Living with diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up on desserts. With these six delicious options, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to ensure these desserts fit into your overall diabetes management plan. Further, Diabetes Australia provides a wide range of recipes that you can discover here².

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1. Diabetes | WHO

2. Recipes | Diabetes Australia


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