Despite what you might think, diabetes doesn’t mean you have to skip the sweet stuff.
Whether it’s yourself or a friend, having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up eating dessert. There are many desserts that can be enjoyed without putting your glucose levels on a rollercoaster ride.
The best way to make sure that you’re serving up something good, is to make it yourself, so that you can control exactly what goes in.
Not sure where to start? Use this article as your guide to creating diabetic-friendly desserts.
If you have diabetes, always make sure to have a chat with your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.
Ensuring your diabetes stays under control is all about maintaining a healthy balance in your diet. You want to make sure that the dessert that you create isn’t just delicious, but is also nutritious, to ensure that you aren’t taking on any empty calories. A great idea if you are hosting guests with diabetes is to try serving a dish with multiple components, so that guests can compile their own dessert according to their needs.
Creating fruit-based desserts is a wonderful, delicious and refreshing choice – fruit can add a lovely sweetness, as well as nutrients and fibre. The body also absorbs the natural sugars found in fruits slower than other sugars, bring broken down in the liver, meaning that it doesn’t provoke an insulin response the way processed sugars do.
Things to avoid
As many diabetes sufferers know, there are a few things that should be avoided as much as possible once you’ve been diagnosed, the obvious one being added sugar. If you’re making a fruit-based dessert, a lot of the sweetness will come from the fruit, but sometimes it doesn’t quite do the trick.
Norbu sweetener is a 100% natural alternative to sugar, made from monk fruit, that doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste that other artificial sweeteners very often have. It can be swapped like-for-like in baking any of your favourite desserts.
It’s also a good idea to try and cut down on simple carbohydrates too. Even if they don’t seem sweet, simple carbohydrates like white flour are made up of simple sugars that are quickly digested, and can wreak havoc on your pancreas.
To reduce the simple carbs in your diabetic-friendly dessert, try substituting white flour for a low-carb alternative, such as almond meal, oat flour or ground flaxseed. These alternatives will also provide a lot more vitamins and minerals than white flour, contributing to a healthier, balanced diet.
Things to try
If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few that you can try.
Lamington Bliss Balls are a decadent yet refreshing chocolatey treat, made with only wholesome and nutritious ingredients.
This Raw Hazelnut Cheesecake is extremely indulgent, although you wouldn’t know it looking at the list of wholesome ingredients. Made with a low-carb crust and a deliciously creamy filling, this recipe is also vegan, and surely won’t disappoint even the biggest dessert connoisseur.
And this Apple Quinoa Crumble tops lightly-spiced apples with a surprising mix of quinoa and coconut to create a tantalising taste experience that will leave your guests wanting more.
As you can see, you won’t have to skimp on dessert to make your meal diabetic-friendly. There are a whole number of ways that you can adapt your favourite desserts to make them work, and a lot more to discover about swapping out sugar for something sweeter right here.