3 Delicious diabetic-friendly dessert recipes

Low-sugar sweets that still taste great!

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Do you, or someone you know, have diabetes? Chances of this are high, given that over 28 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed. If you know much about this disease, you know that once you have it, you have to totally readjust your diet. However, contrary to the misconception, that doesn't mean you can't eat desserts, you just need to eat healthier ones!

Lucky for you, we've whipped up three deliciously decadent (yet still healthy) and low-sugar desserts for those in your family or friends struggling with diabetes. Each of these desserts may be low sugar, but they aren't lacking in taste! Made with fresh fruits and spices, these incredible treats will instantly become household favorites for everyone in your family, not just those with diabetes!

Pumpkin cinnamon milkshake

Serves about 4

Recipe adapted from My Recipes

Pumpkin cinnamon milkshake

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups low-fat, low-sugar vanilla ice cream
  • 2/3 cup 1 percent milk
  • 1/3 cup Seasonal Coffee-mate Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup low-fat whipped cream

Directions: 

  1. Place the ice cream, 1 percent milk, creamer, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and whipped cream in a blender. Pulse on low until mixture is fully smooth.
  2. Garnish with the whipped cream and cinnamon and enjoy!

Healthy apple cake

Healthy apple cake

Serves about 8

Ingredients: 

For the cake:

  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium apples, finely chopped and seeded
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup organic applesauce
  • Cooking spray

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and liberally coat your baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the white sugar, apples, chopped nuts, egg and applesauce. Stir until combined. Pour mixture into the greased pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and powdered sugar together with a fork. Sprinkle the mixture over the apple cake and bake for 32-35 minutes or until the cake is browned.

Strawberry walnut oatmeal cookies

Yields about 12 cookies

Recipe adapted from Hostess with the Mostess

Strawberry walnut oatmeal cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, applesauce, sugars, egg and vanilla together until creamy. Add in the flours, salt, baking soda and oats and stir well until the mixture is fully combined. Stir in the cinnamon.
  2. Carefully mix in the blueberries and walnuts, careful not to smash the blueberries. Cover the mixture with foil and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour before baking.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Once the cookie batter has chilled, place about 1 tablespoon of dough an inch apart on the sheet until you have about four rows of three.
  4. Bake for about 10 - 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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