Sweet options for people with diabetes


Coconut pudding in ramekins with chia seeds and berries

To make a simple dessert, a person can sprinkle fresh or frozen fruit with artificial sweetener. To make a fruit salad, mix together:

  • chopped fruit
  • a drizzle of honey
  • a spoonful of orange juice
  • chopped nuts

There are many diabetes-friendly dessert recipes available online that a person can work into a diabetic meal plan, including:

  • lemon cupcakes sweetened with Splenda
  • coconut pudding with chia seeds for added nutrition
  • avocado chocolate mousse

Other diet tips

People with diabetes should follow the dietary recommendations of their family doctor. However, some general tips to manage blood sugar levels include:

  • eat healthful fats, such as nuts, olive oil, avocado, and fish oils
  • eat lean proteins, such as poultry, fish, and beans
  • eat large portions of non-starchy vegetables, such as kale, carrots, and lettuce
  • eat multigrain carbohydrates, such as whole-grain bread, popcorn, and brown rice
  • avoid simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, and sugars
  • eat fruits in moderation and count them as part of the carbohydrate intake for the day
  • avoid sugary drinks, such as juice and soda

In addition to proper diet, a person should also maintain an active lifestyle by engaging in both aerobic and weight-training activities.


A person with diabetes can maintain a healthful diet and still enjoy dessert. For those who want to indulge, planning ahead, keeping serving sizes small, and choosing desserts that offer more nutritional value can help.

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