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Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.

13 Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Treats

The holidays are a time for family and friends, mostly gathered around tasty food and drinks. So the last thing you want to do is worry about just how much those sweet treats may fit into your diabetic diet plan. But breathe easy and enjoy the desirable flavors of these healthier-for-you diabetic Christmas treats and cookie recipes!

13 Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Treats


Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Dessert Recipes

1. Pumpkin Pie Tartlets
Created by bistroMD’s team of seasoned chefs, kick off the fall season with mini pumpkin pie tartlets! Using simple and minimal ingredients, the tartlets not only taste delicious, but can be your go-to diabetes holiday dessert recipe, as they supply a mere 150 calories and 12 grams of NET carb per serving.

2. Pumpkin Almond Cheesecake
For a creamier spin on traditional pumpkin pie, prepare this pumpkin almond cheesecake! Enjoy without the guilt, as one serving of the cheesecake supplies 263 calories and 32 grams of carb.

3. Apple Walnut Crisp
While “an apple a day…” bares much truth, perhaps the statement discounts its fusion in apple pie… But relish on the fall favorite and taste of apple pie without any worry with bistroMD’s delightful apple walnut crisp recipe. And unlike most apple pies loaded with sugar, bistroMD’s variation contains 160 calories and 25 grams of NET carb per serving.

4. Baked Cinnamon Stuffed Apples
Carrying on the festive spiced apple theme… Baked cinnamon stuffed apples sure to fill the kitchen with a mouthwatering aroma!

5. Carrot Whoopie Pie
But if carrot cake is more of your go-to holiday treat… Change it up with this carrot whoopie pie prepared with fresh carrots and filled with a maple cream cheese filling! Each pie contains 175 calories and 26 grams of carb.

6. Gingerbread Cookies
Catch these gingerbread men! Indulge in the sweet and gooey sensation of your first bite with this easy-to-bake holiday staple and share that warm feeling of holiday bliss with your friends and family, all for just 75 calories with frosting, and a mere 55 calories without!

7. Sugar Cookies
Although pairing “healthy” and “sugar” is slightly contradictory, this healthy sugar cookie recipe disintegrates the sugary concern!

8. Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Swap out traditional oatmeal raisin cookies with this berry nutritious and delicious diabetes-friendly cookie recipe! While the cranberries are sure to please, do feel free to swap out other dried fruits as desired.

9. Holiday Cranberry Greek Yogurt Bark
Looking for a dessert everyone will love? You’ve come to the right place this holiday season! bistroMD’s team of experts put together healthy holiday bark that is diabetic-friendly and will have everyone wanting to know your secret recipe!

10. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse
Unlike most chocolate mousse recipes calling for a copious amount of heavy cream and sugar, this chocolate mousse recipe takes advantage of the fullness Greek yogurt provides, along with the nonnutritive sweetener stevia. Each serving supplies a mere 100 calories and 10 grams of carb, while also offering eight grams of protein!

11. Honey Drizzles Broiled Grapefruit
Change your grapefruit world with this recipe! Broiling juicy grapefruit with a bit of honey and ginger creates the perfect caramelized crust on this surprisingly warm and delicious dessert. Guests can customize the taste with their choice of toppings like cinnamon, Greek yogurt, toasted nuts, and favorite dried fruits. Each ½ grapefruit serving is just 70 calories and 13 grams of NET carb.

12. Nut Clusters
Crunch on easy-to-make, homemade chocolaty clusters this holiday season! Preparing at home grants tighter ingredient control and modified portion sizes, along with the ability to get creative with flavors. The smaller sweet bites can satisfy that sweet tooth without great worry of fluctuating blood sugar levels, while also containing healthy fat and protein most desserts lack. To create the chocolate nut clusters, start by melting desired chocolate and nuts together, such as dark chocolate and almonds. Spoon quarter-sized scoops on nonstick parchment paper, freeze until the chocolate is hardened, and enjoy!

13. Hot Cocoa
The warmth of hot chocolate come holiday season is highly desired, though prepackaged types can be loaded with sugar and unnecessary ingredients. Keep the taste buds excited, body soothed, and blood sugars stabilized with eight healthy hot cocoa recipes, including the festive flavors of dark chocolate mint, gingerbread, and pumpkin pie!

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