4 Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

A smiling man holding a cup of coffee in his kitchen(BlackDoctor.org) — A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to eliminate sweets from your diet. But it does mean making simple substitutions when baking. Try these 4 decadent desserts that modify your favorite recipes into treats that fit your diet.

Black Forest Trifle

Who says you can’t have chocolate when you’re watching your sugar intake? Made with sugar-free chocolate-cake mix and instant pudding, this moist trifle will have your resident chocoholic licking her lips. Cool Whip trims the fat off traditional recipes and cherries add a boost of vitamin C and antioxidants, which are thought to reduce bad cholesterol.

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Crunch

Don’t be fooled by this dessert’s sinful appearance. Made with sugar-free cookies and no-sugar-added ice cream, this dish can be made the night before a party and stored in the freezer. Sprinkling chopped pecans will add a nutty flavor and healthy monounsaturated fat.

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Fudgy Cream-Cheese Brownies

Using less than half the sugar of traditional brownie recipes, these tasty treats sneak in 1/4 cup of calorie-free sweetener. Reduced-calorie margarine and low-fat dairy products knock off an additional 15 grams of fat. If you’re serving these at a festive occasion, add a few drops of red food coloring to the cream-cheese mixture!

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Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Sandwich Cookies

Kids and adults alike will gobble up this PB&J in cookie form. Use low-sugar strawberry spread (we like Smucker’s low-sugar jelly) to keep the same fruity taste without spiking your blood sugar. Also try all-natural peanut butter, which is naturally low in sugar and full of iron and immunity-boosting zinc.

Try this recipe: Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Sandwich Cookies