Dessert doesn’t have to be a bad word for those with diabetes. As long as you steer clear of treats with OTT sugar and carb contents, dessert can be part of a healthy eating regimen. Get your fix with these diabetic dessert recipes that keep the carb count tight and right while still satisfying your sweet tooth with limited sugar.


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Frozen Yogurt Bites

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites

Seriously, how can you resist a medley of sweet and tart fruit surrounded by dreamy (and creamy) yogurt? We recommend using sugar-free yogurt or good ol’ plain yogurt without any additions to the two-ingredient recipe. (via I Heart Naptime)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 5.2 grams (with low-carb substitutions)

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops:

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops

Chocolate and yogurt come together for a healthified Fudgsicle. Instead of the semi-sweet chocolate chips as called for in the recipe, use sugar-free chocolate or 100 percent cacao baking chocolate to minimize carbs. And opt for a sugar-free or plain yogurt and unsweetened almond milk to lessen that overall carb count. (via Baker by Nature)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 14 grams (with low-carb substitutions)

Keto Matcha Cheesecake

Keto Matcha Cheesecake

With a time-saving gadget like the Instant Pot, life as a low-carb dieter gets much easier. One of our favorite recipes from the book The Essential Instant Pot Keto Cookbook($14) by Casey Thaler, is this silky, antioxidant-rich matcha cheesecake. Sprinkle diabetic-friendly toppings (like nuts, ground cinnamon, or sugar-free sprinkles) to add even more flavor. (via Brit + Co)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 4.6 grams

Coconut Lime Raspberry Chia Pudding

Coconut Lime Raspberry Chia Pudding

Coconut Lime Raspberry Chia Pudding

Summer berries are put to good use in this gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian recipe that’s as easy as fill, shake, and spoon. Go for unsweetened shredded coconut to keep sugar levels as low as possible. (via Skinny Taste)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 15 grams

Banana Bread Oat Protein Smoothie

Banana Bread Oat Protein Smoothie

Banana Bread Oat Protein Smoothie

Step away from that communal plate of sliced cakes and breads. Next time you’ve got a hankering for a sweet loaf, whip up this protein-packed smoothie that is even more delicious than it looks. Because four inches of a banana can have up to 15 grams of sugar, only use that amount when whipping up your smoothie. Even with that adjustment, this smoothie has 30 grams of carbs, so split the smoothie with a friend to stay under 15 grams. (via The Roasted Root)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 15 grams (per 1/2 smoothie)

Glowing Berry Fruit Salad

Glowing Berry Fruit Salad

Glowing Berry Fruit Salad

This fruit medley is exactly what every plate should be: delicious, nutritious, and vibrant in color. We love the addition of the chopped herbs for a savory taste. Omit the honey, and you’ll have an equally sweet bite. In addition, stick to a serving size of roughly 3/4 to one cup, depending on the carb levels of the fruit you choose, to stay within the recommended carb amount. (via Little Spice Jar)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 15 grams (with low-carb substitutions)

Low-Fat Cappuccino Pudding

Low-Fat Cappuccino Pudding

Low-Fat Cappuccino Pudding

Coffee lovers, rejoice. This cinnamon-dusted pudding is going to give you your caffeine fix in an unexpected and unbelievably tasty way. (via Live Laugh Rowe)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 12.7 grams

Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar-Free Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread

Sugar Free Pudding

Sugar Free Hamentaschen Cookies

Berry Mini Cheesecake Smoothies

Berry Mini Cheesecake Smoothies

Berry Mini Cheesecake Smoothies

If the very thought of cheesecake makes you smile all over, then you’re in for a real creamy and fruity treat. We are *totally* here for the addition of the toasted nuts adding protein and texture. To keep each serving size under 15 grams of carbs, divide the cheesecake smoothie into seven cups. (via Cotter Crunch)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 13.1 grams (with low-carb substitutions)

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

The magic of creamy avocado and melted chocolate create this healthy (and easy) mousse to serve for romantic dinners or a night in watching your favorite shows on Netflix. Use sugar-free stevia as the sweetener and at least 70 percent dark chocolate, so you can indulge in the whole pot de crème. (via Well Plated)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 14.6 grams (with low-carb substitutions)

Pickled Blackberry and Grapefruit Salad

Pickled Blackberry and Grapefruit Salad

Pickled Blackberry and Grapefruit Salad

For a twist on an all-time favorite, grab some vinegar and pickling spice. The flavor combo will give you a pop of sweetness AND a burst of tartness. Please note: One cup of blackberries has 14 grams of carbs, while 1/2 of a grapefruit contains 15. (via The View From Great Island)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 14.6 grams

Berry Nice Cream

Berry Nice Cream

Berry Nice Cream

No need to grab your wallet for the ice cream truck, instead freeze some strawberries, blueberries, and bananas for an ice cream scoop that’s so refreshing, there’s no need for any toppings. Though we may sound like a broken record, monitor your portion of Nice Cream, as bananas especially are high in carbs. Divide this recipe into eight (rather than four) to stay under 15 grams. (via The Roasted Root)

Total Carbs Per Serving: 14.8 grams

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(Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts)

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