6 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Desserts

Don’t let fear of blood sugar spikes keep you from enjoying holiday treats.

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By Taylor Lupo


Concern over a spike in blood sugar levels shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your favorite desserts this holiday season. The key to prepping diabetes-friendly desserts is simple: swap refined sugars for better-for-you ingredients. Simply stock up on cinnamon, clove, canned pumpkin and stevia, and get baking!


Check out other ingredients to incorporate into your holiday feasts.   

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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You don’t have to skip the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving—pumpkin is actually good for you! It’s loaded with fiber and vitamin K, and promotes bone, muscle and tissue health. It’s the other ingredients typically found in pumpkin pie, like sweetened condensed milk, that can be a nightmare for your blood sugar.


Try this perfect pumpkin pie, made with tofu and a medley of function promoting spices, like cinnamon and clove.          



Grilled Apple Pecan Cups

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Nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like freshly baked apple pie and vanilla ice cream. This year, you don’t have to miss out. Apples are naturally sweet, and with just a few other ingredients, you can prepare a crust-less dessert without added carbs and sugar.


Combine apples with pecans for a delicious, earthy flavor. Plus, pecans are loaded with fiber, which aids in digestion. Give these grilled apple pecan cups a try!

Impossible Berry Pie

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Ditch traditional pie crust and prepare a crust that that won’t send your glucose levels for a loop. Sans white sugar and loaded with a mix of fresh berries, this colorful dessert contains antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, that help promote healthy cell function.


Sugar-Free Cheesecake

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Dessert doesn’t get much more decadent than cheesecake, a treat typically loaded with sugar. We have a low-carb (just eight grams per slice!) and sugarless way to indulge this season: our diabetes-friendly cheesecake recipe. What’s more? You can swap fat- and calorie-dense cream cheese for ricotta cheese for half the fat, fewer calories and 10 extra grams of protein.



Pumpkin Spice Custard

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A pumpkin dessert that’s diabetes-friendly and pre-portioned for you—what could be better? This sweet puree is also packed with vitamin A, important for the function of your heart, lungs, kidneys and more.


This pumpkin custard is low in carbohydrates (13.5 grams) and sugar (6.7 grams). Natural ingredients, like cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup, make this dessert sweet, without the guilt. Trust us, you won’t miss the sugar.  


Chocolate Cherry Pudding

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The combination of indulgent chocolate and tart cherries will have you forgetting that this dessert isn’t bad for you. It’s only about 100 calories, and with 18 grams of carbs and 13 grams of sugar, it won’t spike your blood sugar.  


Try swapping the semi-sweet morsels for cocoa-rich dark chocolate, which may benefit your blood sugar levels.    


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