Diabetes-Friendly Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious dessert recipes for diabetes, including diabetes-friendly cake, chocolate, cookie and pie recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Lightly sweetened Greek yogurt gets studded with fresh strawberries and chocolate chips then frozen so you can break it into chunks just like chocolate bark (but healthier!). This colorful snack or healthy dessert is perfect for kids and adults alike. Use full-fat yogurt to ensure the creamiest bark possible.

Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

Rating: 4.75 stars 4
All you need are four simple ingredients to make healthier crispy peanut butter balls that kids and grownups will love. Make this easy recipe for a bite-size treat, on-the-go snack or easy homemade gift. You can swap the peanut butter for almond butter or even sunflower seed butter if you need a nut-free snack for school.

Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 4.57 stars 6
This recipe takes oatmeal cookies up a notch with its cinnamony, buttery, delicious take on a much-loved classic dessert.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4.64 stars 29
This easy-to-make chocolate cake is dark, moist, rich--and only dirties one bowl! Not quite as easy as boxed cake mixes, but those often contain trans fats. Our simple “from scratch” recipe gives you a home-baked cake with healthful canola oil and whole-wheat flour.

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
These flourless cookies get their volume from whipped egg whites (like a meringue) instead of grains, making them gluten-free and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. A chocolate chip in each bite adds to the rich chocolate flavor.

Cranberry Crumble Bars

Rating: 3 stars 6
These cranberry-orange bars freeze well. Make a batch on a free afternoon and pop them in the freezer so you'll always have a healthy dessert on hand when company calls.

Fresh Apple Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
One batch of dough does double duty as both the crust and streusel topping to make one of the easiest desserts around.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 5
Kids and adults alike will love this easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe, which--unlike most cookie recipes--doesn't call for flour. These gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy and, with only five simple ingredients, they can easily be whipped up by young chefs and enjoyed as an after-school treat. They're also perfect for a holiday party or for a cookie swap.

Basic Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 5 stars 1
This low-fat crustless pumpkin pie is a perfect dessert for the dieters at your holiday meal or people who are watching their carbs.

Peanut Butter-Oat Energy Balls

Rating: 4.67 stars 7
Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-bake energy balls. Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well. For the best flavor and texture, use Medjool dates--the largest and most luscious date variety. Look for them in the produce department or near other dried fruits.

Apple-Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
These healthy apple cookies made with oats, shredded apples and brown sugar make snack time enjoyable for everybody.

Pineapple Nice Cream

Rating: 5 stars 4
All-fruit, dairy-free and with no added sugar--these are the hallmarks of nice cream, a healthy alternative to ice cream. This pineapple nice cream has tropical flavors, thanks to a hit of mango and lime. It takes just minutes to make this naturally sweet frozen dessert in the food processor or a blender. Enjoy it alone, or top with fresh fruit and toasted coconut.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Diabetes-Friendly Blondies
Looking for a new blondie recipe? These almond butter-quinoa blondies are healthier than traditional brownies or blondies.
Make Diabetes-Friendly Fruit Pizza
Your new go-to refreshing treat, this fruit pizza recipe replaces classic cookie crust with a healthier watermelon "crust."

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Rating: 3.87 stars
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The deep flavors of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg make these wholesome pumpkin cookies delicious without the addition of butter--and they lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour. They are also the perfect texture for a sandwich cookie--fill them with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting.