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7 Healthy Diabetic Desserts for Your Diabetes Diet

Having diabetes doesn't have to mean giving up desserts. Try these healthy diabetic desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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For Chocolate Lovers and Banana Fans

Looking for a special dessert to serve at a celebration? Try Rondinelli's recipes for banana fans and chocolate lovers.

Banana Split Cake

6 1/2 graham cracker sheets (two 1 1/2-inch squares per sheet)

1 ounce sugar-free, instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups fat-free milk

8 ounces light cream cheese

10 ounces canned, crushed pineapple packed in juice, drained

4 medium bananas, sliced

8-ounce container light whipped topping

3 tablespoons pecans, chopped

  • Cover the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan with graham cracker sheets.
  • In a medium bowl, prepare pudding with 2 cups fat-free milk, according to package directions. Add cream cheese to pudding and whip together. Spread pudding mixture over graham crackers.
  • Spread the crushed pineapple over the pudding layer and top with bananas, then spread whipped topping. Sprinkle pecans on top.

Exchanges: 1 fat, 1 1/2 carbohydrate (makes 16 servings, 156 calories per slice)

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

Chocolate Mousse Pie

1 9-inch prepackaged pie crust

1 1.4-ounce package of sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding mix

1 2/3 cups fat-free milk

1 8-ounce container of fat-free whipped topping, divided

2 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake pie crust according to package directions. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk. Fold half (4 ounces) of whipped topping into pudding mixture and fold until fully blended.
  • Spread pudding mixture into pie crust and top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips.

Exchanges: 1 fat, 2 carbohydrate (makes 8 servings, 194 calories per slice)

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

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Reviewed on October 23, 2009

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