Satisfy your sweet tooth
First, the good news. If you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes , you can eat dessert. But the reality is that you do have to choose carefully, limit your portions, and it's probably best to save them for special occasions. That said, here are 10 dessert recipes to consider making the next time you need a sweet treat. They use simple substitutions to cut the fat, calories, and sugar. Make sure to cut back on other carbs during your meal to leave room for your dessert.
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.
Ingredients: Sugar-free, low-fat cake mix, water, sugar-free instant pudding mix, fat-free milk, frozen no-sugar-added pitted cherries, red food coloring, frozen whipped topping, sugar-free chocolate curls
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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.
Ingredients: Sugar-free chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped pcans, margarine, vanilla no-sugar added fat-free ice cream
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These festive treats will be a hit at any holiday party. By mixing sugar with calorie-free sweetener, these cookies have just the right amount of sweetness. Plus, studies have shown that peppermint may help with indigestion, in case you overindulge on the buffet.
Ingredients: Margarine, sugar, brown-sugar calorie-free sweetener, egg substitute, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, unsweetened cocoa, sugar-free peppermint candies, cooking spray
Try this recipe:Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies
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!
Ingredients: Sugar, reduced-calorie stick margarine, egg, egg white, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa, cooking spray, 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, calorie-free sweetener, low-fat milk
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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.
Ingredients: Margarine, no-sugar-added creamy peanut butter, calorie-free sweetener, sugar, egg whites, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cooking spray, low-sugar strawberry spread
Try this recipe:Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Sandwich Cookies
Fresh Berries With Maple Cream
Fresh berries get a boost with a two-ingredient sauce made from fat-free sour cream and maple syrup. This recipe is perfect for summer evenings when you want a sweet treat, stat—it's ready in less than 5 minutes.
Ingredients: Fat-free sour cream, maple syrup, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries
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You may be surprised to learn that this classic dessert recipe contains just 1 gram of fat and 113 calories per serving. Making your own strawberry sauce from fresh strawberries, orange juice, and calorie-free sweetener cuts back on the sugar you'd find in a store-bought variety.
Ingredients: Calorie-free sweetener, cornstarch, orange juice, vanilla or almond extract, fresh strawberries, spongecake dessert shells
Try this recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes
Homemade Peach Ice Cream
Making your own ice cream allows you to monitor the amount of fat and sugar that goes into your creamy treat. Make this easy recipe in the summer, when peaches are in season, for a seasonal dessert that's refreshing, full of antioxidants, and provides a dose of bone-building calcium.
Ingredients: Evaporated fat-free milk, fat-free milk, calorie-free sweetener, egg substitute, almond extract, peaches
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Vitamin-C-rich cantaloupe is the star ingredient in this unique, low-sugar sherbet recipe. At less than 100 calories per serving, you can enjoy a summery dessert without the fat, sugar, and calories of ice cream.
Ingredients: Ripe cantaloupe, calorie-free sweetener, lemon juice, unflavored gelatin, cold water, vanilla fat-free yogurt sweetened with aspartame, cantaloupe wedge (optional)
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Honey Grapefruit With Banana
Fruit is an all-natural alternative to treats loaded with added sugar, and this grapefruit-and-banana dish is sure to satisfy. The two fruits are tossed with honey and mint, making for a refreshing and fiber-filled end to any meal. Ingredients: Red grapefruit, banana, mint, honey
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