Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD, the founder of Milk & Honey Nutrition, is a diabetes dietitian (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) renowned for combining her knowledge of diabetes and culinary expertise into easy-to-follow recipes and articles!

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27 Diabetes Desserts You Must Try

Article Overview

diabetes desserts to try

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite homemade and store-bought diabetes desserts and they are all so delicious!

Just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you can’t eat dessert! In fact, some of my all time favorite diabetes desserts are better than any “regular” dessert you’ve ever had. I promise! I’ve broken them down into 8 main categories based on the type of dessert you’re looking for.

  • Best easy desserts for diabetes
  • Best sugar free desserts for diabetes
  • Best added sugar free desserts for diabetes
  • Best store bought desserts for diabetes
  • Best no bake diabetes desserts
  • Best diabetes chocolate desserts
  • Best low carb desserts for diabetes
  • Best low sugar desserts for diabetes

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My experience as a diabetes dietitian with diabetes desserts

Growing up, I was your typical child of the 90’s constantly confronted with diet products and ads. And, on top of that, I was growing up with type 1 diabetes. I was constantly told dessert was bad for me and I should avoid it. Because of this, I tried a lot of “sugar free” and “diabetes friendly” desserts over the years. Most of them either tasted gross or were too complicated to make at home.

But, as I got older I realized there were many different ways to make both a tasty and blood sugar friendly dessert. I developed a love for baking at home and finding delicious store bought diabetes desserts as well. So much so that I even wrote a cookbook about it!

27 Favorite Diabetes Desserts

Here is a list of desserts I know you’ll love, categorized by their dessert type.

Best easy desserts for diabetes

  1. Low Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  2. Gluten Free Chocolate Avocado Muffins (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  3. Low Sugar Peanut Butter Fruit Dip (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  4. Peanut Butter Cookies (Wholeistic Living)
  5. Flourless Chickpea White Chocolate Blondies (Beautiful Eats and Things)

Best sugar free desserts for diabetes

  1. Lemon Tofu Creme (Nutrition Starring YOU)
  2. Sugar Free “Sugar” Cookies (Erin Palinski Wade RD)

Best added sugar free desserts for diabetes

  1. Easy Chocolate Fudge Brownies (Jennifer Hunt Nutrition)
  2. Chocolate Chickpea Ice Pops (Theresa Gentile RD)
  3. No Sugar Added Stewed Apples (The Miller’s Kitchen)

Best store bought desserts for diabetes

  1. Good Pop Frozen Pops
  2. KIND Frozen Bars
  3. Simple Mills Cookies

Best no bake diabetes desserts

  1. Low Sugar Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Protein Balls (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  2. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  3. Strawberry Nice Cream (Shaw’s Simple Swaps)

Best diabetes chocolate desserts

  1. Chocolate Peppermint Energy Bites (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  2. Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (Bucket List Tummy)
  3. Edible Brownie Batter (A Grateful Meal)

Best low carb desserts for diabetes

  1. Low Carb Almond Flour Cookies (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  2. Almond Granola Cups (Your Choice Nutrition)
  3. Protein Brownies (Smart Nutrition)
  4. Caramel Date Energy Balls (Spicy RD Nutrition)

Best low sugar desserts for diabetes

  1. Grain Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Milk & Honey Nutrition)
  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus (Your Choice Nutrition)
  3. Protein Mug Cake (Cheerful Choices)
  4. Blueberry Sweet Corn Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark (It’s a Veg World After All)

What desserts can I eat with diabetes? 

People with diabetes can enjoy a wide variety of desserts! You’re not limited to only sugar free desserts (though I have some great sugar free recipes listed as well)! I have several here on my website as well as all of the ideas listed below. The possibilities are endless, you just need to know what to look for!

And, keep in mind, these desserts are for people with all types of diabetes. This includes desserts for gestational diabetes, as well as type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and pre-diabetes.

What to look for in healthy desserts for diabetes

Ideally, diabetes desserts should have one or more of the following things compared to traditional desserts:

  • Increased protein
  • More fiber
  • More plant based fats
  • Less sugar

How can I satisfy my diabetes sweet tooth?

Well, to start, look at all of the ideas we’re going to highlight here in a second. And, check out my thoughts on quick and easy ways to satisfy a sweet tooth as well as easy low glycemic snack ideas

Best desserts for people with diabetes

There are a limitless amount of diabetes desserts that people with diabetes can enjoy. So we’re breaking them down into categories below! Everything from great homemade recipes to easy store-bought treats, to low carb desserts for diabetes!

1. Low Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

low sugar chocolate chip cookie dough bites

Category: Best easy desserts for diabetes

These are an easy sweet treat you can enjoy as a snack or dessert… and even breakfast! These Low Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (Milk & Honey Nutrition) are tasty, low in sugar, and have 2g fiber and 2g protein in each bite.

2. Gluten Free Chocolate Avocado Muffins 

Category: Best easy desserts for diabetes

Instead of butter, this rich chocolate muffin recipe uses avocados! These Gluten Free Chocolate Avocado Muffins (Milk & Honey Nutrition) are tasty and higher in fiber (5g/muffin) than your average chocolate muffin.

3. Low Sugar Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

fruit tray with peanut butter fruit dip

Category: Best easy desserts for diabetes

One of my favorite strategies for eating more fruit and veggies is a good dip! This delicious Low Sugar Peanut Butter Fruit Dip (Milk & Honey Nutrition) is perfect for getting adults and kids alike to eat more fruit. And, it’s a great way to pair fat, fiber, and protein with your fruit.

4. Peanut Butter Cookies

Category: Best easy desserts for diabetes

Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite sweet desserts. The peanut butter adds a plant based fat source, and this Peanut Butter Cookies by Wholeistic Living is lower in sugar, but equally tasty thanks to a small amount of brown sugar. Each cookie has ~15g carbohydrate.

5. Flourless Chickpea White Chocolate Blondies

Category: Best easy desserts for diabetes

Chickpeas offer an extra nutritional punch to these blondies. With only 11g carb/bar these Flourless Chickpea White Chocolate Blondies by Beautiful Eats and Things are equally delicious and blood sugar friendly.

6. Sugar Free “Sugar” Cookies

sugar free sugar cookies with sprinkles diabetes desserts

Category: Best sugar free desserts for diabetes

Who doesn’t love a good sugar cookie?? I know I do, and you don’t have to worry about these “sugar” cookies spiking your blood sugar. Each Sugar Free “Sugar” Cookies by Erin Palinski Wade RD has 3g fiber, 4g protein, and only 6g carbohydrate.

7. Lemon Tofu Creme

Category: Best sugar free desserts for diabetes

If you’re looking for a protein packed dessert, you need to try this Lemon Tofu Creme by Nutrition Starring YOU. It’s creamy, tasty, and low in carbs.

8. Chocolate Chickpea Ice Pops

sugar free chocolate ice pops for diabetes desserts

Category: Best added sugar free desserts for diabetes

You’d never know these delicious Chocolate Chickpea Ice Pops (Theresa Gentile RD) have both yogurt and chickpeas in them! These two ingredients mean each pop has 8g of protein.

9. Easy Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Category: Best added sugar free desserts for diabetes

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at black bean brownies, this is the recipe you need to try. These Easy Chocolate Fudge Brownies (Jennifer Hunt Nutrition) are tasty and have 4g fiber in each brownie. No one will ever know the secret ingredient!

10. No Sugar Added Stewed Apples

Category: Best added sugar free desserts for diabetes

Stewed apples always remind me of a comforting fall treat. This No Sugar Added Stewed Apples (The Miller’s Kitchen) recipe uses 100% apple juice and no syrups or sweeteners.

11. Good Pop Frozen Pops 

good pops diabetic dessert

Category: Best store bought desserts for diabetes

Good Pop Frozen Pops are hands down one of my favorite popsicle options at the grocery store. They offer so many different flavors. Most varieties have <15g carbohydrate, and several also have some fat for a slower blood sugar response. My favorite flavor is the Orange Creamsicle.

12. KIND Frozen Treat Bars 

Category: Best store bought desserts for diabetes

If you’re looking for something that tastes exactly like a frozen Snickers bar (and yes I do mean exactly), but has 7g fiber and only 8g sugar… you have to try the Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt KIND Frozen Bars. You’ll savor every bite and wonder how in the world they make them taste so good!

13. Simple Mills Cookies 

Category: Best store bought desserts for diabetes

Simple Mills makes an amazing line of products, and their Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies are no exception. They’re a lower sugar alternative (that tastes even better in my opinion) to Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies.

Want more store bought snack ideas?? Check out the 68 Best packaged Snacks for Diabetes!

14. Low Sugar Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Protein Balls

chocolate caramel protein balls

Category: Best no bake diabetes desserts

I’m a big fan of easy bite size desserts that can be both dessert or breakfast. These Low Sugar Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Protein Balls (Milk & Honey Nutrition) are tasty, and don’t require any appliances like a food processor or blender to make them.

15. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites

Category: Best no bake diabetes desserts

I love me some cheesecake! It’s actually one of the more blood sugar friendly dessert options thanks to the protein and fat in the cream cheese. These No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites (Milk & Honey Nutrition) give you cheesecake flavor without the labor of making a whole cheesecake.

16. Strawberry Nice Cream

Category: Best no bake diabetes desserts

With only 8g carbohydrate and 9g protein per serving, you’ll want to make this Strawberry Nice Cream (Shaw’s Simple Swaps) recipe all summer long!

17. Chocolate Peppermint Energy Bites

chocolate peppermint energy bites

Category: Best diabetes chocolate desserts

These Chocolate Peppermint Energy Bites (Milk & Honey Nutrition) recipe is one of the first recipes I ever posted on my website, and it’s stuck around for a reason. If you love the chocolate peppermint combo, but want a lower sugar way to enjoy it, you need to try this recipe.

18. Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Category: Best diabetes chocolate desserts

Chia pudding offers fiber and protein and a super creamy texture for either dessert or breakfast. The cherry chocolate coconut combo in this Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (Bucket List Tummy) recipe makes it one of my favorites.

19. Edible Brownie Batter

Category: Best diabetes chocolate desserts

For all those times you’ve wanted to lick the bowl, but were afraid of a blood sugar spike… this Edible Brownie Batter (A Grateful Meal) is the recipe for you. This brownie batter is meant to be eaten before it’s baked and has 4g fiber per serving.

20. Low Carb Almond Flour Cookies

Category: Best low carb desserts for diabetes

This Low Carb Almond Flour Cookies (Milk & Honey Nutrition) recipe is another delicious soft sugar cookie option that’s lower in carbs and higher in protein and fiber.

21. Almond Granola Cups

Category: Best low carb desserts for diabetes

This Almond Granola Cups (Your Choice Nutrition) recipe uses my favorite combo of almonds and oats for a delicious blood sugar friendly cookie cup that has 8g carb per cookie cup.

22. Protein Brownies 

Category: Best low carb desserts for diabetes

A delicious brownie with only 9g carb and 4g protein in each brownie? Sign me up for these Protein Brownies (Smart Nutrition)!

23. Caramel Date Energy Balls 

Category: Best low carb desserts for diabetes

Caramel Date Energy Balls (Spicy RD Nutrition) are loaded with plant based nutrition and are relatively simple to make. Each bite has 5g carbohydrate.

24. Grain Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Category: Best low sugar desserts for diabetes

These Grain Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Milk & Honey Nutrition)  hold a special place in my heart. Imagine the best crunchy thin chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever tasted but that won’t spike your blood sugars. You have to try them!

25. Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus 

Category: Best low sugar desserts for diabetes

Dessert hummus is another great way to add protein and fiber to your fruit. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus (Your Choice Nutrition) recipe is a great homemade option.

26. Protein Mug Cake

Category: Best low sugar desserts for diabetes

I absolutely love mug cake recipes! They’re simple and easy. I particularly like this Protein Mug Cake (Cheerful Choices) because of how quickly it comes together and it has 15g protein.

27. Blueberry Sweet Corn Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

Category: Best low sugar desserts for diabetes

This is such a unique take on yogurt bark and so fun to make. Blueberry Sweet Corn Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark (It’s a Veg World After All) is low in carbs and sugar!

Other diabetes friendly dessert ideas 

If you want even more diabetes desserts ideas, make sure to grab a copy of my latest diabetes desserts cookbook, The Easy Diabetes Desserts Cookbook! It’s packed full of 60 diabetes dessert recipes that are delicious and blood sugar friendly! You can also explore my desserts recipes on the site! And, check out this post all about ice cream and diabetes!

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And don’t forget to grab a copy of my first diabetes cookbook, The Easy Diabetes Cookbook! It’s packed full of delicious diabetes friendly recipes, including a whole chapter on blood sugar friendly desserts. 

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  1. Hi Is there a homemade recipe for a pie crust or a store bought frozen Pie shells that are excellent for diabetic people. My husband loves apple pies . Would love to know if there is one brand for Diabetics .

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