Desserts are well-known for being too sweet, which may not be appropriate for people needing glucose or blood sugar control. Diabetics usually live their life “sweet-free” in order to prevent hyperglycemia and lead to more serious complications such as eye, skin, kidney and heart problems. However, it should be noted that all people desire some sense of sweetness in their life and diabetics are not exempted. Well, there are various dessert recipes that you can prepare that are still diabetic friendly. If you want to live to the fullest and enjoy tasty desserts guilt-free, here are the top 8 dessert recipes for diabetics:
Pancakes may not be suited for diabetics because of the maple syrup and even the butter added. But you can reinvent your pancakes by using applesauce instead for that sugar-free and natural sweetener. To prepare the recipe, all you need is your regular pancake batter and a cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Once the pancakes are done, serve them with unsweetened apple sauce on top to enjoy the hot pancake.
2.Honey grapefruit with banana
Are you craving for a banana split? Well, you can achieve that by making your own honey grapefruit banana for that sweet and sour combination that will surely satisfy your senses. You need about 2 cups of red grapefruit sections, 1 cup of banana sliced thinly, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 fresh chopped mint. Combine all the ingredients and you are ready for that tasty dessert.
3.Healthy black bean salad
This is a perfect dessert, but it can also be your lunch if you are saving on calories. Black beans are rich in fiber to help diabetics wash out excess sugar and cholesterol in the gut. To prepare the recipe, you will need 1 cup of quick cooking pearl barley, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 can black beans, and lemon juice. Cook the barley according to package instructions. Combine the black beans and other ingredients and toss the barley to complete your meal.
4.Maple cream berries
Unlike mayonnaise and whipped cream, maple cream contains lesser fats, sugar and calories. To prepare, get your favorite fresh berries such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Combine ¼ cup maple syrup and ¾ cup fat-free sour cream and whisk. Top the berries with this mixture.
You can actually make your own sherbet at home to make it healthier. You can use your favorite fruit such as pureed cantaloupe and mix with two cups of fat-free yogurt. Refrigerate and serve chilled.
6.Fat-free peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies
Using your whole wheat cookies, add fat-free and low sugar peanut butter and jelly. This will surely reveal the child in you without the guilt.
If you are fond of cakes, you can actually bake your own minus the unwanted sugar and butter. To make one, substitute sugar and butter with a fruit puree (mashed apples, pears, and the like) to make your cake a healthier one.
Oatmeal bars are really healthy and are very filling too. To make one, add uncooked oats in your regular pastry batter. Add unsweetened cocoa for added flavor. Bake in a pan and serve in bars.
Kirk Martin is a pastry chef working in his own pastry shop. He acknowledges that most desserts are really not for diabetics because of the added sugars and carbohydrates, but confirms that there are diabetic-friendly recipes that you can prepare if you desire healthier desserts. He is a contributor at Arabic Recipe section of Shahiya.