9 Tempting Dessert Ideas

When a person is newly diagnosed with diabetes, there is often a concern that dessert is off limits. However, that does not have to be the case! While dessert may no longer be something you eat every day, there are ways to fit treats into your diet that will not sabotage your efforts at living a healthier lifestyle. Check out the following desserts for some new ideas. Each dessert has approximately 100 calories or less. Enjoy!

1. Baked apple with cinnamon

(102 calories, 1 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber)

Recipe: (makes 4 apples)

Serving size: 1 apple


  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp Splenda (optional)
  • Water


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice apples into thin slices and place in a 9×9 baking dish or pie dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and Splenda or Stevia. Mix so that all apples are coated. Place a small amount of water in the dish (about 1/4 in).
  • Bake apples uncovered for 30 minutes or until apples are soft and break apart easily

2. Fat free chocolate Jell-O pudding (3.5 oz container) with 2 tablespoons whip cream topping
(75 calories, 3 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber)

3. Sugar free Jell-O (3.5 oz container) with 2 tablespoons whip cream topping
(25 calories, 1 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber)

4. 2 graham cracker squares with ½ tablespoon Nutella
(101 calories, 1 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber)

5. 1/2 medium banana dipped in melted dark chocolate
(95 calories, 1 g protein, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber)

6. Berry popsicle
(27 calories, 0 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber)

Recipe: (makes 10 popsicles)

Serving size: 1 popsicle


  • 2/3 cup Splenda
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredient and puree in blender until smooth. Transfer puree into a popsicle mold. Put in freezer for approximately 4 hours

7. S’mores
(78 calories, 1 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber)

Recipe: (makes 4 servings)

Serving size: 1 graham cracker square


  • 2 whole graham crackers
  • 4 marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted


  • Place graham cracker halves on baking sheet. Top each with 1 marshmallow. Broil with the oven door slightly open until marshmallows are golden brown for approximately 45 to 75 seconds. Remove from the oven and drizzle each s’more with melted chocolate.

8. Berries and frozen yogurt: 1/4 cup fat free vanilla frozen yogurt with 1/2 cup blackberries
(93 calories, 3 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber)

9. Sunflower seed cookies
(118 calories, 3.5 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber)

Recipe makes 16 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie


  • 1 cup sunflower butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Shape cookie dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon for each cookie)
  • Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Flatten cookies (gently) with a fork
  • Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12-14 minutes

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