Top 5 Desserts for Diabetes, Every Now and Then

When one is diagnosed with diabetes, the first question that comes to mind is “Do I need to keep sweets and desserts away permanently?” And the answer is NO.

Just because you have diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you cannot treat yourself.
Yes, I am talking sense here. You need not say goodbye to desserts and other sweet treats forever.

What you have to do is…

Follow these tips while planning a diet

I am aware that the life of those suffering from diabetes is full of rules and restrictions and each step they take is bound by measures – be it foods or exercise.

Most of the cases, people give up trying foods, drinks, and desserts they love. However, with a little planning, you can still have your favorite dessert every now and then while still managing your disease (1).

  • Include more whole grains, like brown rice, oats, quinoa, wheat flour in your diet and give up refined foods.
  • Eat more of starchy carbohydrates that have a low glycaemic index.
  • Don’t skip breakfast at any cost.
  • Don’t skip meals. Consume healthy meals and snacks at regular intervals.
  • Plan out a balanced diabetic diet that includes protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
  • Cut out all processed, junk, and fried foods.
  • Eat healthy desserts occasionally. It is true that you must severely limit your sweet treats and, in most cases, it’s best to reserve sweets and other desserts for special occasions so you don’t miss out.

A well-planned diet and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in controlling and even reversing this condition.

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In this article, we have listed a few healthy Indian and Western recipes of desserts for diabetic patients.

Desserts for Diabetes

These dessert recipes for diabetes are healthy and tasty. They will certainly change the scenario and bring back the sweetness in your life without adding calories and spiking blood glucose levels.

However, there are many ways to create delicious desserts that are (relatively) low-carb and sugar-free. Why not try some of these recipes and enjoy both a great dessert and great blood sugar?

Cottage cheese Kheer

Enjoy the soft and sweet taste of this low-calorie cottage cheese or paneer kheer that is marked by the rich aromas of cardamom and saffron.

Desserts for Diabetes

It is one of the best diabetic dessert recipes that can be prepared instantly and can satisfy your sweet tooth without increasing the level of sugar in the blood.

Ingredients (For 4 Servings)

  • Low fat or non-fat milk-4 Cups
  • Low fat paneer (cottage cheese)-2 Cups
  • Corn flour-1 Teaspoon
  • Cardamom-3 to 4 Pods
  • Saffron-4 to 5 Strands
  • Sugar Substitute-2 Tablespoons


  1. Grate the paneer and store it aside.
  2. Heat the milk in a solid bottomed pan and add the grated paneer to it, stir periodically for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of milk and add it to the milk and paneer mixture, stir till it thickens, add sugar and crushed cardamom to it.
  4. Wait for 5 minutes and remove from flame.
  5. Divide into four cups and add the saffron strands from the top.
  6. Let it chill and enjoy after meals or as a snack.

Diabetic Shrikhand

This is one of the easy best diabetic dessert recipes that are made from hung curd, thus making it extremely healthy and low in fat, ideal for those following a weight loss diet, or are suffering from diabetes. It is rich in calcium, protein and is an amazing source of energy.

Desserts for Diabetes

Ingredients (For 4 Servings)

  • Low-fat Curd-4 Cups
  • Low-fat Milk – 4 Tablespoons
  • Cardamom – 2 to 3 Pods
  • Saffron – A few strands
  • Sugar Substitute – 2 Teaspoons


  1. Pour the curd in a muslin cloth, tie all the ends to make a knot, and hang it for 2 to 3 hours in order to drain out all the water from the curd.
  2. Now, pour the hung curd in a bowl and add the milk, sugar substitute, crushed cardamom pods, and saffron strands to it, mix well and divide it among four serving bowls.
  3. Chill it for 3 hours and enjoy it as an after-meal dessert.

Rose Sandesh

The rose Sandesh is one of the healthiest Indian desserts for diabetics that is rich in the goodness of milk and is a smart way to satisfy the sweet craving of people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes without adding extra calories and raising the level of blood glucose.

Desserts for Diabetes

It has a soft feel that melts in the mouth while the delicate rose aroma adds a royal touch to the sweets.

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Ingredients (For 10 Pieces)

  • Low fat or non-fat milk-2 liters
  • Citric Acid-1/2 teaspoon
  • Rose Water-2 Teaspoon
  • Crushes Rose Petals-1 Teaspoon
  • Sugar Substitute-2 Tablespoons
  • Pistachio-Chopped 2 Tablespoons


  1. Boil the milk in a flat bottomed pan and add the citric acid once it starts boiling. This will help in curdling the milk.
  2. Once the milk has split, remove it from flame.
  3. Spread a clean muslin cloth above a bowl and pour the curdled milk into it.
  4. Squeeze the fabric to get rid of additional water and store the paneer in a container.
  5. Now, kneed and mash the paneer to make a fine paste and add the sugar substitute, crushed rose petals, and rose water to it.
  6. Mix well and spread it on a clean flat surface.
  7. Now, cut it into even squares or rectangular shape and garnish it with chopped pistachio.
  8. Preserve it in the freezer for an hour before serving.

Fruit Custard

Fruit diabetic custard powder is a healthy and tasty way of adding a twist to fruits. Diabetic custard powder is one of the quick dessert recipes that are rich in the goodness of fruits and milk that you can make within a few minutes.

The best thing is it breaks the boredom of eating the same fruits every day and is loved by the whole family. This is one of the best desserts for the person with diabetes.

Ingredients (For 4 Servings)

  • Low fat or non-fat milk- 4 Cups
  • Custard powder – 3 Teaspoons
  • Mixed Fruits – 1 Cup (Apples, Pomegranates, Grapes, Strawberries, Bananas, Kiwi Fruits)
  • Sugar Substitute – 2 to 3 Tablespoons


  1. Boil the milk in a flat bottomed pan for 10 minutes, mix the custard powder with 2 to 3 teaspoons of water and add it to the milk.
  2. Stir continuously and add sugar substitute to it, boil till the milk reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Take away from fire and let it cool a bit.
  4. Divide the chopped fruits into four serving bowls and pour the custard from the top.
  5. Retain it in the freezer for one hour before serving.

Chocolate Pudding

The chocolate pudding for diabetics is one of the best Indian desserts for diabetics recipes that are loved by all and can be prepared in a jiffy.

It is healthy and low fat and is the ideal dessert for the festive season that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Ingredients (For 2 Servings)

  • Low fat or non-fat Milk-1 Liter
  • Eggs – 3 (Beaten)
  • Butter or Refined oil – 2 Teaspoons
  • Corn flour – 3 Teaspoons
  • Sugar Substitute – 2 Teaspoons
  • Black Grapes – A few


  1. Heat the milk in a flat bottomed pan and set it aside after boiling.
  2. Mix the chocolate powder and cornflour in 1/2 cup water and set aside.
  3. Boil some water in a broad bottomed vessel and place a saucepan on it.
  4. Pour the chocolate and cornflour mix in the saucepan and double boil.
  5. Add the boiled milk to it followed by the beaten eggs.
  6. Stir continuously for 2 to 3 minutes and pour it in 2 serving bowls.
  7. Add the grapes from top to garnish. Store it in the freezer for an hour before serving.


With these easy and tasty desserts that are low in fat and sugar, you can add the taste of sweetness and love in the life of your loved ones suffering from diabetes.

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But, when you decide that you want to include a small dessert into your meal plan, you must carefully plan your meals for the day.

Plan ahead and tailor your meal plan for the day in preparation for enjoying that divine dessert. With proper planning, you can be sure your blood sugar levels stay normal.

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