10 Go-To Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

In addition to being relatively low-calorie and low-carb, the best diabetes-friendly desserts ought to be:

  • Quick and easy to prepare, which will keep you from reaching for an even quicker less-healthy option.
  • Made in small batches, which will keep the leftovers small to avoid the temptation to overindulge.
  • Varied, which will help to keep you from getting bored with your meal plan

If you enjoy a sweet every now and again, you can learn how to work dessert into your diabetes meal plan

Here are 10 suggestions for diabetes-friendly desserts that fit the bill.

Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate Topped With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream

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Especially when it's cold outside, a nice cup of hot chocolate can keep you warm as well as satisfy your sweet tooth. This low-sugar combo clocks in at only 60 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrate.

Sugar-Free Pudding Topped With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream

Chocolate Pudding

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For only about 80 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate, you can enjoy a dessert that's more decadent than gelatin. Sugar-free pudding comes in a variety of rich flavors such as dark chocolate and pistachio. Topped with sugar-free whipped topping it's a satisfying dessert option!

Sugar-Free Gelatin Topped With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream

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Sugar-free gelatin topped with 2 tablespoons light or sugar-free whipped topping can be considered a "free dessert." It's especially fun to make a few different flavors of gelatin, cube them, and make colorful parfaits out of your gelatin and whipped topping.

Fresh, Seasonal Fruit Dipped in Yogurt

Greek Yogurt and Fruit

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Thin yogurt slightly with 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk for a quick dip. You can skewer fruit for a fancy presentation, or serve fruit in a bowl with toothpicks for dipping. About 3/4 cup of fruit dipped in 2 ounces of fat-free yogurt will only be about 90 calories and 19 grams of carbohydrate.

Faux Ice Cream Sandwich

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Use two graham cracker squares as the "bread," and fill with 1/4 cup of light or sugar-free whipped topping. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. This "ice cream sandwich" will cost you around 80 calories and 10 carbs. 

Low-Carb Coconut Macaroons

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This easy recipe can be put together with only a few ingredients and is very quick to prepare. One cookie will provide 29 calories and only 3 grams of carbohydrates.

Angel Food Cake Topped With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream

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Try cutting angel food cake into bite-size pieces that you can pick up by hand and dip into the whipped topping. It makes this dessert more snack-like. One-twelfth of an angel food cake plus 2 tablespoons light or sugar-free whipped topping give about 90 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrate. 

Frozen Grapes and Frozen Banana Slices

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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most delicious. Frozen grapes end up having a very slushy texture. You can freeze them in an air-tight container or sandwich bag. Bananas should be sliced and laid out flat on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, then transferred to an airtight container once they're frozen. One small banana or 17 grapes will give you 60 calories and 15 grams of carbs.

Frozen Dessert-Flavored Yogurt

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Hack those dessert-flavored, sugar-free yogurts (such as cheesecake and key lime pie) by popping them in the freezer. You can find these yogurts for less than 100 calories and about 12 grams of carbs.

Grilled Fruit Topped With Sugar-Free Whipped Topping

Grilled Fresh Peaches
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Grilling intensifies the flavor of fruit. Try pears, peaches or nectarine halves. You can grill them on an outdoor grill or inside on an electric grill or grill pan. Make sure to grease the grill first with non-stick cooking spray to avoid sticking. Top the hot fruit with 2 tablespoons light or sugar-free whipped topping. Two small grilled halves or one large half and whipped topping will be about 15 grams of carbs and 60 calories. 

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