17 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

17 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Desserts
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17 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

Looking for dessert recipes for people with diabetes? We have 17 delicious treats that everyone will love!

Note: Always consult your doctor before making major dietary decisions.

Pistachio Chocolate Pudding

Pudding snack cups are great to have on hand for those times when nothing but a smooth and creamy treat will satisfy. Substitute your favorite nut for the pistachios if you prefer.

Get the Recipe: Pistachio Chocolate Pudding

Pink Grapefruit-Tarragon Sorbet

Clean, fresh and icy-cold, this bracing tarragon-infused grapefruit sorbet is a perfect way to lift flagging spirits on a hot day.

Get the Recipe: Pink Grapefruit-Tarragon Sorbet

Pineapple Coconut Bites

A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tarts from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and less butter and sugar.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Coconut Bites

Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers

These healthier pecan butter cookies are made with whole-wheat pastry flour and plenty of nuts.

Get the Recipe: Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers

Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

These spiced molasses cookies have added applesauce to help keep the cookies moist and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.

Get the Recipe: Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

Mocha Ice Pops

Get an afternoon pick-me-up with these mocha-flavored frozen treats. A little of the cocoa settles at the bottom as they freeze, making a special chocolaty surprise on the top once the pop is unmolded.

Get the Recipe: Mocha Ice Pops

Vanilla-Orange Freezer Pops

These creamy vanilla-flavored orange juice pops will transport you back to the days of standing in line at the ice cream truck. Add a couple drops each of yellow and red natural food dye to give them a more vivid orange color.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla-Orange Freezer Pops

Princess Tea Cakes

Believe it or not, this treat, inspired by a classic Russian tea cake, is made without butter!

Get the Recipe: Princess Tea Cakes

Quick Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Here we stir a little melted chocolate into ricotta cheese for a cheesecake-like topping for chocolate wafer cookies.

Get the Recipe: Quick Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Double Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewies

These soft chocolate cookies have a big peanut flavor since they use peanut butter and peanut butter chips.

Get the Recipe: Double Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewies

Raspberry Bars

Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream filling in these beautiful bars. They’re a festive treat for a summer picnic or party.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry Bars

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

These peanut butter-pretzel truffles satisfy your craving for something sweet and salty.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Dark Chocolate Florentines

We adore this healthier version of an oat-chocolate sandwich cookie.

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Florentines

Whoopie Pies

Classic whoopie pies combine a creamy filling sandwiched between cakey chocolate cookies. Some are filled with a marshmallow cream frosting while others are filled with whipped cream. Even those of us who grew up with the former fell in love with our lighter version of the whipped cream-filled treats.

Get the Recipe: Whoopie Pies

Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust

For this tart a few tablespoons of maple syrup sweeten the blueberry topping and round out the flavor of the cream filling.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust

Baby Tiramisù

If you’re a fan of the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu, try this quick, lower-calorie variation the next time you need a dessert in a hurry. Both types of ladyfingers—spongy and crunchy—work well.

Get the Recipe: Baby Tiramisù

Chocolate Pretzel & Cherry Popcorn Balls

These popcorn balls are made with agave nectar and peanut butter and are spiked with chocolate-covered pretzels and dried cherries for a special treat.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Pretzel & Cherry Popcorn Balls


Finding diabetes-appropriate desserts can be tricky. That's why we've made it easy, bringing together the best, most decadent diabetes-appropriate desserts all in one place. From whoopie pies to mini chocolate cheesecakes, these desserts are irresistible.

Check out the slideshow above for 17 delectable diabetes-appropriate dessert recipes.

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