8 Diabetes-Friendly Christmas Desserts for Everyone to Enjoy

Gingerbread Biscotti with drizzle of icing and sprinkles on a plate
Photo: Rosalie

When you're managing diabetes or cooking for someone with diabetes, there's no need to skip dessert. But, dessert recipes can be deceiving — the label "sugar free" doesn't always mean it's right for people diabetes. You have to consider calories, carbohydrates, saturated fat, and sodium levels. To simplify (and sweeten) the Christmas season, we've compiled a list of diabetes-friendly desserts that will pair well with Christmas dinner or a festive movie and lit fireplace. Get recipes for pumpkin pie, cookies, brownies, gingerbread, and more.

01 of 09

Aunt Shirley's Dietetic Pie

apple pie with lattice crust
Holly Kjorlien Greenfield

"The apple pie was delicious and no one guessed that it was sugar free! I added a dash of ginger and used a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg and this worked out really well," home cook SHEZDRES says. Warming spices give this pie a wonderul wintery flair.

02 of 09

Sugarless Pumpkin Pie II

Sugarless Pumpkin Pie II

Anyone who can't get enough of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving will enjoy every bite of our Sugarless Pumpkin Pie II at Christmas. This easy recipe calls for just six ingredients.

03 of 09

Can't Tell They're Low-Fat Brownies

two brownie squares on a paper towel

"This was my attempt to make my mom's brownie recipe lower in fat," recipe contributor Roberta Tripp says. "My family loves them!" Reviewers say you can use applesauce in place of pureed prunes, as these ingredients allow you to use fewer eggs and less oil.

04 of 09

No Bake Bumpy Peanut Butter Nuggets

peanut butter no bake balls

Packing in peanut butter, flaked coconut, rolled oats, and apple juice concentrate, these peanut butter balls are a dessert anyone can feel good about eating. Reviewers report that kids love them.

05 of 09

Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Who can resist the combination of chocolate and peanut butter? Our quick and easy recipe for Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies makes 30 servings, which makes them perfect for potlucks and parties.

06 of 09

Sugarless Applesauce Cake

applesauce cake with raisins in a round rish

"This cake came out exceptionally well and tastes great! I layered the bottom of my springform pan with apples," home cook Theresa Wolf says. "When removed from the pan the top of the cake looked beautiful with the fresh baked apples. I sprinked some cinnamon on top and it's perfect for guests. No one can believe it is without oil butter or sugar!"

07 of 09

Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Parfait with whipped topping

With five ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time, our Pumpkin Parfait will easily become your new favorite dessert. Reviewers say tastes like pumpkin pie.

08 of 09

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti with drizzle of icing and sprinkles on a plate

Gingerbread is a classic Christmas treat, and people with diabetes can feel at ease to enjoy a serving of this biscotti with a cup of coffee.

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