February 8, 2021

Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Desserts | The Dessert Diaries

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For people who have diabetes, desserts can be complicated – but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your sweet tooth every now and then! With these diabetes-friendly chocolate desserts from US MED, you’ll be able to enjoy the occasional sweet treat without throwing off your glucose levels. 

Sugar-Free Chocolate & Ginger Cake 

When it comes to desserts that pack a chocolatey punch, you can’t go wrong with this unique cake. Featuring ingredients such as ground ginger, natural yogurt, and sugar substitute, this recipe will help you make an unusually healthy chocolate cake that doesn’t skimp on flavor. 

Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Cupcakes 

If you want a more portable take on chocolate cake, these cupcakes might be what you’re looking for. Like the last recipe, they include yogurt and a sugar substitute. However, they also mix things up with sugar-free chocolate hazelnut spread in the batter and frosting. 

Flourless Chocolate Cookies 


Need a quick chocolate fix – emphasis on quick? These flour-free cookies will get the job done. The dough can be made in about 15 minutes, and it takes about that long for each batch to finish baking. 

Giant Brownies & Brownie Bites 

Thanks to KNOW Better Chocolate Chips and sugar substitutes, you can whip up a batch of warm, chewy brownies that won’t cause glucose-related problems. For added flexibility, this recipe can make either a few big brownies or lots of fun-sized brownie bites! 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Popsicles 

Sometimes, ice cream just hits the spot – even if it’s freezing outside! With this recipe, you’ll be able to serve up delectable, low-carb chocolate peanut butter ice cream in popsicle form. 

Sugar Substitutes For People With Diabetes: What To Know 

Many of the recipes included in this article call for sugar substitutes, but it’s important to make sure you’re using the sugar substitute that’s right for you. Please click here to know more about sugar substitutes. Check the FDAs list for approved sugar substitutes.  

Keep in mind that these desserts made with artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet, Sweet ‘N Low, and Splenda taste sweet and won’t have a major impact on your carb intakeHowever, these treats are not calorie free and if not consumed in moderation could lead to weight gain. That, in turn, could make it harder for you to manage your diabetes. Looking for a non-artificial option to sweeten your baked goods? Consider natural sweeteners like stevia, monk fruit extract, and date sugar. 

Picking Flours 

While using the right sugar substitute is an important part of baking desserts that are safe for people with diabetes, it’s not the only factor you’ll need to take into account. Food items containing refined flour can cause diabetes patients’ glucose levels to spike due to the lack of dietary fiber. Because of that, you’ll have to put some thought into the type of flour you’re using, as well. 

Keep an eye out for these alternative flour varieties, which boast high fiber and low carbohydrates: 

  • Whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour) 
  • Spelt flour 
  • Almond flour 
  • Coconut flour 
  • Garbanzo bean (AKA chickpea) flour 

Your Diabetic Dessert Recipe Checklist 

Want to be sure the recipes you’re making are actually safe for people with diabetes? Here are a few signs that can suggest you’re on the right track:

  • Fewer carbohydrates 
  • Liquid fats (where necessary) 
  • Low-fat dairy products 
  • Whole grains 
  • Fiber 
  • Minimal added sugar 
  • Safe sugar substitutes 

Desserts For Diabetics Are Served 

If you’re looking for more dessert options created with diabetes in mind, you’ve already found the best place to get started! Check out US MED’s full collection of recipes right here. 

Shirley DeLeon Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist

Medical Review by Shirley DeLeon, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

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