Diabetic-Friendly Dessert Options

cheesecakePeople with diabetes have to be very careful about what they eat, and since almost 24 million Americans have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, that means a lot of us have to be concerned with what we put into our bodies.  Having diabetes means many things; for some it means taking a medication, for others, it means monitoring blood sugar levels or injecting insulin.  What it does not mean, however, is that your life has to be any less rich – or tasty.  While you can buy sugar free cookies in most stores, here are some ideas for diabetic-friendly desserts that the whole family can enjoy.

 

New York Style Cheesecake

Cheesecake is the anti-diet food, isn’t it?  It can be.  This creamy dessert is very rich, but the recipe can be modified to make it more health friendly for diabetics.  This recipe is from DiabeticGourmet:

Crust:

  • 1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ Splenda, granulated
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

Filling:

  • 2 ½ pounds regular cream cheese
  • 1 2/3 cup Splenda
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

To make:

Preheat your oven to 475 degrees F.  To make the crust, mix the cracker crumbs, Splenda, and butter and press the mixture into a 10-inch springform pan (or pie pan).  Set this aside and work on your filling.  Beat the cream cheese, Splenda, and flour until smooth, and then add the eggs and yolks.  Next, add the vanilla, and make sure everything is mixed well.  Add the heavy cream and mix.  Pour this filling over your crust.

Put your cheesecake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 475 degrees.  After 10 minutes, turn the temperature to 200 degrees F and let the cake bake for an hour.  After the hour is up, turn off the oven, but let the cheesecake stay in there for another hour.  When you take it out, it should be firm to the touch.  Let it cool for about 20 minutes before you put it in the refrigerator.  It is best if refrigerated 24 hours before serving, but 4 – 6 will work.

This cheesecake has 360 calories, 8 grams of protein, 32 grams of fat, and 11 grams of carbohydrates.  It is still a rich dessert, but a slice will be a wonderful treat.

Chocolate Mousse Pie

You don’t have to give up your favorite desserts; try this great recipe from the American Diabetes Association.

You need:

  • 1 9 inch prepared pie crust
  • 1.4 ounce package of sugar free, fat free chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 2/3 cup fat free milk
  • 8 ounce container of fat free whipped topping
  • 2 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

To make:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Bake the pie crust (check instructions on the package).  Remove from heat and cool completely.  Whisk the pudding mix and milk well, and fold half of the whipped topping into this mixture.  Spread the pudding mixture into the crust.  Use the other half of the whipped topping to top it, and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.

Mousse exchanges: 1 fat, 2 carbohydrates.  Makes 8 servings with 194 calories per slice.

Grilled Fruit with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup

Grilled fruit with balsamic vinegar syrup
Next time you have your grill out for burgers and hot dogs, make room for the fruit.  When you grill fruit, you caramelize its natural sugars.  This makes it more intense.  The vinegar has a sweet, tart flavor that is a perfect way to complement the brown sugary fruit.  Here is a recipe from the Mayo Clinic.

You need:

  • Small pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges.
  • 2 large mangoes, cored and cut in half.
  • 2 large peaches, cored and cut in half.
  • Nonstick butter spray
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ balsamic vinegar
  • Mint or basil leaves for garnish (optional)

To make:

Combine the pineapple, mangoes, and peaches in a big bowl and coat them generously with cooking spray.  Toss the fruit, and give another spray.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and toss to make sure the fruit is coated evenly.

In a saucepan, heat your vinegar over low heat.  Let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half, and then remove from heat.  Make sure your grill is ready for you.  Away from the flame, coat the grilling rack or broiler pan with cooking spray and position it 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.  Put the fruit onto the rack or pan and grill over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes.  This should take about 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove the fruit and put it onto plates.  Drizzle the vinegar syrup over them and serve.

This grilled delight has 120 calories, 1 gram of protein, 0 grams of fat, and 29 grams of carbohydrates.

Whether your favorite dessert is biscotti and coffee or fudge brownies, you can find a diabetic-friendly version.  You don’t have to give up your favorites – you just have to rethink them and modify them to fit your lifestyle.

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