Diabetic Appetizer Recipes

We make diabetic-friendly snack and appetizer planning easy with recipes for salsa, dips, hummus, apple and banana snacks, baked chips, ceviche, and more.

Staff Picks

Basil and Pesto Hummus

Rating: 4 stars 63
This deliciously sweet hummus is bursting with basil and an all-around pesto body. it's so good, you could eat this by itself with a spoon, although spreading it on crackers of any kind will do.

Halibut-Mango Ceviche

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This is a colorful and flavorful recipe for ceviche, with a lot of room for variation. This dish requires fresh ingredients. Serve in a martini glass, with extra lime on the rim for squeezing.

Black Bean Spread

Rating: 4.5 stars 55
A creamy black bean spread. Wonderful for dipping vegetables in, or spreading on sandwiches. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. This recipe is from The WEBB Cooks, articles and recipes by Robyn Webb, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.

Easy Red Pepper Hummus

Rating: 4.5 stars 126
Red Pepper Hummus that has been a favorite of all my friends. Easy to make! Serve with chips, pita chips, veggies, or whatever.

Apple Ladybug Treats

Rating: 5 stars 37
Red apples are decorated to look like lady bugs. This is a quick and fun snack that kids will enjoy making and eating. For once kids can play with their food.
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Baked Tortilla Chips

Rating: 4.5 stars 516
Homemade tortilla chips with a lime-cumin zing are tastier than store-bought.

Curried Hummus

Rating: 4 stars 180
Chick peas have a very low glycemic index, which means they create steady blood sugar and are especially healthful for diabetics. Curry powder contains curcumin, an antioxidant believed to be anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer.
By Ben S.

Microwave Popcorn

Rating: 4.5 stars 466
Delicious microwave popcorn using popping corn and a brown paper lunch bag.

Jicama Appetizer

Rating: 4 stars 48
This is a great way to serve jicama to a large group of people.


Rating: 4.5 stars 244
This is a recipe I just throw together, but it is very popular. Serve with tortilla chips.

Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Rating: 4.5 stars 122
Crispy fried plantains. A plantain is a very firm banana. Serve as side dish with your meal or as appetizers.

Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Tortilla Chips
Rating: Unrated 540
"Super cheap and easy recipe. Don't be afraid to add a little more of the spice if eating on their own, but it's fine as is if meant for eating with hummus." – Ceola
Apple Ladybug Treats
Rating: Unrated 38
"I loved it....easy to make, quick and healthy and yummy. Perfect afterschool snack." – Dolphin Panda
Easy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
Rating: 4.5 stars 22

Simple recipe for fried green tomatoes, perfect for appetizers or a unique fried green tomato B.L.T.!