Diabetic Desserts - Great Tasting Recipes
Hungry for some awesome diabetic desserts? Look no further. Here are the best dessert recipes for your inner chef! We have over fifteen of the most popular desserts for diabetics. What's your favorite?
We have pulled together some of our favorites. However, please be aware that not all desserts are created equal, nor are all diabetics. Some desserts are not appropriate for certain people, given their current health condition.
Also, eating a dessert is not done in a vacuum. Meaning, you need to consider what else you have eaten that day, particularly the meal beforehand. Your doctor or other healthcare provider should be able to counsel you on your individual situation.
Okay, we have all of the socially responsible disclosures and guidelines out of the way! Now, let's get onto the desserts for diabetic!
Diabetic Dessert Recipes
Thoughts For Food
When choosing which diabetic dessert you want to make, please consider some of the following guidelines:
Serving Size.Once I started watching my waist line, I discovered that recommended serving sizes seemed awfully small, especially when it came to desserts. Know the serving size and stick with just one!
Sugar.Not all carbohydrates are bad, but sugar intake should be limited, especially the processed sugar such as white and high fructose corn syrup. We recommend a sugar substitute such as stevia or splenda.
Labelling.If you don't use one of the recipes seen here, please be aware that not all nutrition labels in stores include sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are not required to be listed separately on a nutrition label. It is lumped together into the total carbohydrate category. Thus, the sugar content on any given store bought dessert can be a bit deceiving.
Choices.Often times the difference between being able to eat a dessert and not eat a dessert comes done to our eating choices. If you want that cookie after lunch, try substituting low carbohydrate bread for regular bread on that sandwich.
Whenever possible, we have substituted whole wheat flour in the place of white flour. For some people, this leads to some objections and it may lead to some inconsistencies in the end product.
If you choose to use white flour, feel free, however, just note the difference in nutritional content. For example, take a look at the nutritional content of 1 cup of whole grain flour verus 1 cup of white bleached flour.
While seemingly not all that different, the nutritional content is quiet different. You should review this article on the difference in whole grains versus enriched grains.
We also have substituted Stevia Powder for sugar. This dramatically affects (in a good way) the overall sugar content of the dessert. In fact, there are no carbohydrates in stevia!! Just for fun, let's take a look at the nutritional datas of a cup of sugar versus the stevia powder equivalent.
|White Sugar||Stevia Powder|
Stevia is a naturally occurring plant that has up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. You may not have heard of stevia, but you will. Huge changes are occurring in the natural/artificial sweetener market. You may have to experiment with stevia to get your recipes just right.
FYI - There are several different forms of Stevia (powder, liquid, packets, etc.), each has a different level of sweetnes compared with normal sugar. Make sure you calculate the right amount.
Lastly, have some fun with our diabetic dessert recipes. Better yet, don't be a fraid to try and make them better and let us know about it! Happy Baking!
Diabetic Dessert Cookbooks
We have a fine collection of desserts here, but sometimes it is nice to look at other possibilities. I came across a dessert cookbook called No Whites Baking Book: How to Make Baked Goods Without White Flour or White Sugar.
I had never heard of the term "no-whites". However, the concept of not using any white flour or white sugar in baking is a great one. This doesn't mean you can eat a whole batch of cookies, it just means you can eliminate two of the most unhealthy ingredients in baking.
Check out this great resource!