Healthy Holiday Desserts for Diabetics : Maintain a Diet During the Holidays
The holidays are difficult, but not to worry! We have a list of healthy holiday desserts that are not only friendly diabetic dessert recipes but are good for anyone trying to maintain their diet during the holidays. Here we will provide a few healthy holiday desserts that you can serve at your holiday dinner, or take to a party. Just because the recipe is healthier, doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. Continue reading to find out what our favorite diabetic friendly desserts are as well as their recipes.
Healthy Holiday Desserts
Diabetic dessert recipes focus on keeping the carbohydrates low as well as the sugar content. If you’re a dessert lover but trying to maintain your diet or keep your blood sugars low, remember to watch your portions as well as what you’re eating before dessert.
The first of our diabetic friendly desserts is:
Frozen Pistachio Dessert with Raspberry Sauce
- 1-1/2 cup crushed vanilla wafers
- ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
- ¼ cup reduced fat butter, melted
- 1-1/4 cup fat free milk
- 1 package sugar free instant pistachio pudding mix
- 6 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
- 1 carton frozen fat free whipped topping, thawed & divided
- 1 package frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
- Mix together in a bowl the wafers, chopped pistachios and butter. Once well mixed, press into the bottom of a 9-in spring form pan coated with cooking spray. Put the pan on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for around 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Once lightly brown, take out of the oven and cool on a wire rack
- While the crust is baking, whisk together in a small bowl the pudding mix for around 2 minutes. Let it stand for 2 minutes until its soft set. In a large bowl mix the cream cheese until it is smooth and then mix in the pudding.
- Take the whipped topping and set aside ¾ cup for garnish at the end. Fold the rest of the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture and pour the mixture over the crust. Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate the left over whipped topping.
- To make the sauce; put the raspberries, sugar and liqueur in a food processor. Mix together for 1 – 2 minutes or until it is smooth. Strain and get rid of the seeds and pulp – refrigerate until serving.
- When you are ready to serve the dessert, remove it from the freezer at least 15 minutes before serving so that it isn’t solid. Remove sides of spring form pan and garnish with chopped pistachios and remaining whipped topping and serve with the sauce.
The second of our diabetic friendly desserts is:
Mocha Cheesecake Bars
- 25 reduced fat Oreo cookies
- 3 tablespoons fat free hot fudge ice cream topping
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Filling:
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup cold strong brewed coffee
- 2 packaged reduced fat cream cheese
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted & cooled
- 24 chocolate covered coffee beans (optional)
- Place the Oreos in a food processor and pulse until they turn into fine crumbs. Mix in the fudge topping and butter and pulse until blended. Press into the bottom of a 13-in. X 9-in. dish coated in cooking spray. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
- Prepare the filling. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over coffee and let it stand for 1 minute. Then place the heat on low and heat the gelatin, stirring until it is completely dissolved. Then remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Then beat in the sour cream, chocolate and reserved coffee mixture until well blended. Pour your mixture over the crust and then cover and refrigerate for at least4 hours or until it is firm.
- When firm, cut your mocha cheesecake into bars and use the covered coffee beans for garnish if you please. Make sure to refrigerate any leftovers.
These are two simple healthy holiday desserts that will be a hit at any holiday party. The good thing about diabetic dessert recipes is that they are easy to come by after a short search on the internet. The hard part is following the correct eating habits and dietary preferences during the holidays. Let your holidays start with a one of these diabetic friendly desserts.