There are plenty of diabetic desserts and other delicious desserts that are fine for diabetics to eat. So if you love your puddings and you have been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you are cooking for guests including one or more diabetics, do not despair.
You have come to the right place. The first thing to realize is that you can have sweet foods in moderation if you are diabetic. Living with diabetes is all about management and controlling the levels of glucose in the blood.
For a type 1 diabetic, having more sugar and high carb foods usually means using more insulin to balance it out. For a type 2 diabetic, it may be better to cut down on the hugely high calorie desserts but you can still have a little, especially if you spread your meals through the day.Overall, you should aim for healthier desserts like unsweetened fruit (berries or apples), but an occasional treat in moderation can be OK if you do it sensibly.
For diabetics who love sweet things, the main risk will be eating too much dessert at one time. Avoid this by limiting the number of servings, so that you only make enough dessert for the number of people around the table. To get healthier sweetener when you must have one, use stevia whenever you can. This plant-based sweetener may actually help lower blood sugar in ways that other plant-based supplements can do. The best diabetic desserts are based around whole fruit. The fiber in whole fruit will slow down the rate of absorption of glucose from the food, keeping the blood glucose levels more stable.
You can top strawberries, blueberries and other delicious fruit with stevia or another sweetener and yogurt or even a little fresh cream. Many low carb dessert recipes are suitable for diabetics with a little adaptation. For example you can make sugar free cheesecake using graham cracker crumbs (unsweetened crackers) instead of crumbled cookies, and replace the sugar with sweetener.
Choose Splenda if you are baking the cheesecake because it is one of the few sweeteners that keep their taste after cooking. Then follow your favorite cheesecake recipe. Apple pie, pumpkin pie and other desserts based around whole fruit can be excellent diabetic desserts. Use sweeteners and low calorie ingredients when you can, and use a little less pastry. Pastry made with whole grain flour can be a bonus, or a diabetic might decide not to eat so much of the pastry. If you are making a dessert with crumb topping, use graham crackers or a mix of graham crackers and nuts. Frozen fruit yogurt is one of the most popular diabetic desserts.
You can make it with just about any frozen fruit, such as raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches etc. A mixed pack of frozen berries is perfect. Add low calorie yogurt (and sugar-free sweetener if you must), and put everything into an ice cream maker. If you don't have an ice cream maker, use a blender and serve immediately. For diabetics who love chocolate, there is no need to buy expensive diabetic chocolate bars. You can make some wonderful diabetic desserts with cocoa powder, which is simply powdered chocolate without any sugar or fat. A couple of bananas blended with one tablespoon of cocoa powder makes a very simple and delicious chocolate mousse (and bananas are high in potassium, an important mineral in the diet for everyone, especially diabetics..
There is almost no limit to the possibilities. Give your imagination a free rein and with a little creativity you will be able to adapt almost any recipe to produce delicious diabetic desserts of your own.