Mary Ellen Phipps

Mary Ellen Phipps

Mary Ellen Phipps, 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!

35 Easy Low Carb Diabetes Recipes

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Low Carb Potato Salad Milk & Honey Nutrition

I’ve rounded up 35 of my favorite easy low carb diabetes recipes and you have to try them!

Sometimes when you’re living with diabetes, you need to be able to rely on a good low carb recipe. Easy low carb diabetes recipes are great tools to have in your diabetes management toolkit.

Is a low carb diet good for diabetes?

A consistent low carb diet for diabetes isn’t necessary. It can certainly be done, but if that’s not a route you want to take, you definitely don’t have to. There are times when you may need to rely on a low carb recipe or option (like the ones below) but it doesn’t mean you have to do that all of the time. Whether or not to follow a low carb diet for type 2 diabetes or a low carb diet for type 1 diabetes should be a decision you discuss with your doctor and/or diabetes educator.

easy low carb diabtees recipe for ice cream bars
Low Carb Ice Cream Bars Lauren Ann Nutrition

Should you eat complex carbs for diabetes?

Have you ever heard the term “smart carbs”? If you have, odds are it was referring to complex carbohydrates. These are also sometimes referred to as “good carbs”, though I really don’t like that phrase. (I’m not a fan of giving foods concrete labels like good and bad.) These types of carbohydrates are simply more complex and take longer for the body to break down. This means they are less likely to cause spikes in blood sugar levels after you eat them. While being low in carbs, many of the recipes below also contain complex carbohydrates.

easy low carb diabetes recipe for fritata
Spinach Tomato & Cheese Frittata Hoorah to Health

Low carb diabetes recipes 

  1. Copycat Baked Starbucks Egg Bites
  2. Best Low Carb Green Smoothie
  3. High Protein Banana Bread
  4. Spinach Tomato & Cheese Frittata
  5. Low Carb Broccoli Ranch Salad with Bacon
  6. Pizza Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
  7. Shakshuka for One
  8. Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowl
  9. Pecan Chicken Salad
  10. Mediterranean Chicken Salad
  11. Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Norwegian Salmon
  12. Keto Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe
  13. Tofu Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps
  14. Lentil Potato Stew
  15. Zucchini Pizza Casserole
  16. Everything Bagel Low Carb Chicken Pizza
  17. Easy Baked Fish in Foil
  18. Slow Cooker Beef & Mushroom Stew 
  19. 15-minute Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies
  20. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites
  21. Low Carb Chocolate Banana Bread
  22. Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls
  23. Almond Butter Protein Bars
  24. The Best Dairy Free Veggie Dip
  25. Air Fried Asparagus 
  26. Crispy Kale Chips 
  27. Everything Bagel Deviled Eggs
  28. Baked Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella 
  29. Guacamole for One
  30. Diabetes-Friendly Almond Flour Cookies
  31. Low Carb Ice Cream Bars
  32. Low Sugar Chai Walnuts
  33. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Oatmeal Crust
  34. Easy Diabetes Friendly Brownies
  35. The Best Keto Chocolate Cake Recipe

For a list of these low carb recipes broken down into categories like meals, snacks, and desserts, keep scrolling!

Low carb meals for diabetes

There’s lots of easy low carb diabetes recipes all over the internet, including these 35 great options!

two Starbucks egg bites
Copycat Baked Starbucks Egg Bites Milk & Honey Nutrition

Diabetes breakfast recipes low carb

The possibilities are endless with these low carb breakfast ideas!

  1. Copycat Baked Starbucks Egg Bites Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Best Low Carb Green Smoothie The Oregon Dietitian
  3. High Protein Banana Bread Dietitian Meets Mom
  4. Spinach Tomato & Cheese Frittata Hoorah to Health
low carb broccoli salad with vidalia onions in white bowl
Low Carb Broccoli Ranch Salad with Bacon Milk & Honey Nutrition

Diabetes lunch recipes low carb

Looking for a quick and easy low carb lunch option?

  1. Low Carb Broccoli Ranch Salad with Bacon Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Pizza Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms Healthy-ish Appetite
  3. Shakshuka for One Laurel Ann Nutrition
  4. Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowl Dietitian Meets Mom
  5. Pecan Chicken Salad Spicy RD Nutrition
  6. Mediterranean Chicken Salad Hoorah to Health
easy low carb diabetes recipe for cauliflower salmon bowls
Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Norwegian Salmon Milk & Honey Nutrition

Low carb dinner recipes

Try these great low carb dinner ideas!

  1. Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Norwegian Salmon Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Keto Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe Erin Palinski-Wade
  3. Tofu Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps Healthy-ish Appetite
  4. Lentil Potato Stew The Millers Kitchen
  5. Zucchini Pizza Casserole Hoorah to Health
low carb pizza made with egglife egg white wraps
Everything Bagel Low Carb Chicken Pizza Milk & Honey Nutrition

High protein low carb dinner recipes

Many easy low carb diabetes recipe options are also high in protein.

  1. Everything Bagel Low Carb Chicken Pizza Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Easy Baked Fish in Foil Better is the New Perfect
  3. Slow Cooker Beef & Mushroom Stew Better is the New Perfect
  4. 15-minute Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies Chelsea Dishes

Low carb snacks for diabetes

Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory, there’s lots of great low carb snack recipes for diabetes!

lemon no bake cheesecake bites in white dish with lemon slices diabetes desserts
No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites Milk & Honey Nutrition

Low carb sweet snacks

Whenever that sweet tooth hits in the afternoon, make sure to give these recipes a try!

  1. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Low Carb Chocolate Banana Bread Erin Palinski-Wade
  3. Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls Amy D Gorin
  4. Almond Butter Protein Bars Shaw’s Simple Swaps
veggie dip in a bowl with chips and vegetables
The Best Dairy Free Veggie Dip Milk & Honey Nutrition

Low carb savory snacks

Sometimes you just need a good salty, low carb snack…

  1. The Best Dairy Free Veggie Dip Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Air Fried Asparagus Chelsea Dishes
  3. Crispy Kale Chips Chelsea Dishes
  4. Everything Bagel Deviled Eggs Healthy-ish Appetite
  5. Baked Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Laurel Ann Nutrition
  6. Guacamole for One Milk & Honey Nutrition

Low carb dessert recipes

There’s a number of different reasons you may want or need a good low carb dessert option. You have to try some of my favorites!

stack of low carb sugar cookies
Diabetes-Friendly Almond Flour Cookies Milk & Honey Nutrition

Low sugar desserts

These easy low carb diabetes recipes are perfect for a blood sugar friendly snack.

  1. Diabetes-Friendly Almond Flour Cookies Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Low Carb Ice Cream Bars Lauren Ann Nutrition
  3. Low Sugar Chai Walnuts Live Best
layered pumpkin cheesecake bars stacked on top of each other
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Oatmeal Crust Milk & Honey Nutrition

No added sugar desserts

Sweetness doesn’t always have to come from added sugar…

  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Oatmeal Crust Milk & Honey Nutrition
  2. Easy Diabetes Friendly Brownies Milk & Honey Nutrition
  3. The Best Keto Chocolate Cake Recipe Erin Palinski Wade

Want more diabetes friendly ideas?

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