April 26, 2021
Yogurt Desserts | The Dessert Diaries | Diabetes Friendly Desserts
This entry of The Dessert Diaries features a wide range of diabetes-friendly desserts, but they all have one thing in common: they include yogurt as a key ingredient! Thanks to this superfood, you’ll be able to savor all kinds of
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Yogurt Desserts: Diabetes Friendly Desserts from The Dessert Diaries
Granola & Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles
Get your day off to a sweet start with these easy-to-make breakfast popsicles. Other than yogurt, the only ingredients are granola, fresh berries, maple syrup, and vanilla. You’ll be able to finish this single-step recipe in minutes – when you’re done, just freeze the popsicles overnight!
Sugar-Free Coconut Muffins
For another sweet – but diabetes-friendly – breakfast option, consider our deliciously tropical coconut muffins. This recipe features low-fat vanilla yogurt, unsweetened flaked coconut, and monk fruit. (While sugar-free, these muffins aren’t low-carb, so make sure to plan ahead.)
Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins
On board with the idea of muffins, but not a coconut fan? These fiber-packed carrot cake muffins are a great alternative. Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt is a major player in this recipe, which also uses applesauce in lieu of traditional sweeteners.
Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark With Strawberries
This Greek yogurt bark is a dessert option that’s as unconventional as it is delicious. All you’ll need to do is stir plain whole-milk Greek yogurt and the other ingredients together before pouring and freezing the mixture. If you need a diabetes-friendly dessert for all ages, look no further!
Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Cupcakes
In addition to full-fat Greek yogurt, these sinfully rich chocolate hazelnut cupcakes make use of a sugar-free chocolate hazelnut spread and sugar substitutes. These cupcakes are perfect for people with diabetes – and any Nutella addicts in your life! (If you want to make your own chocolate hazelnut spread, we’ve got a recipe for that, too.)
Sugar Substitutes 101
Some of the recipes included in this article incorporate sugar substitutes, so you’ll need to know that you’re using a sugar substitute that’s right for you. That means doing research ahead of time: some sugar substitutes can have unexpected health risks. For an in-depth look at sugar substitutes, check out our article here.
Artificial sweeteners – a category including products like Nutrasweet, Sweet ‘N Low, and Splenda – provide a sugar-like taste without the carbs of actual sugar. Tests have also shown these products are safe to consume in limited quantities. However, the recipes you’ll be using these sweeteners in aren’t calorie free, so excess consumption could lead to weight gain. Remember: everything in moderation!
Natural sweeteners are another popular, diabetes-friendly sweetener option! If you opt to go this route, you can choose from sweeteners such as stevia, monk fruit extract, and date sugar.
Flour Matters, Too
Along with choosing the right sweetener, you’ll want to look into various types of flour if you’re planning to bake diabetes-friendly desserts. For people with diabetes, refined flour consumption can result in blood glucose spikes.
With that in mind, looking into alternative flour varieties is definitely worth your time. Varieties that offer high fiber levels while cutting carbs from your diet include:
- Whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- Spelt flour
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Garbanzo bean (AKA chickpea) flour
What Makes A Recipe Diabetes-Friendly?
If a recipe is featured on US MED, you can have confidence knowing that it’s been thoroughly reviewed with your safety in mind. Of course, our site isn’t the only source of diabetes-friendly desserts out there – but how do you know if a recipe is actually OK for people living with Type I or Type II diabetes?
Here are a few signs that should indicate the recipe you’ve found takes the needs of people with diabetes into consideration:
- Fewer carbohydrates
- Liquid fats (where necessary)
- Low-fat dairy products
- Whole grains
- Minimal added sugar
- Safe sugar substitutes
Find More Delicious Desserts
Searching for more diabetes-friendly dessert recipes that have been reviewed by the pros? Explore US MED’s full collection of recipes to get started! If you missed earlier installments, check out the earlier editions of the Dessert Diaries!