We heard you — loud and clear! Finding diabetes-friendly desserts can be difficult. And there’s no reason why people with diabetes should have to miss out on yummy sweet indulgences altogether.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there isn’t a whole lot of mystery surrounding a “diabetic diet.” There definitely aren’t any special potions or magical elixirs that people with diabetes have to take to stay healthy. And while there are foods to avoid, moderation is essential to maintaining a healthy diet, whether you have diabetes or not.
That being said, we all get a sweet tooth every now and then. Plus, no one wants to miss out on the fun of celebrating certain occasions with a little bit of indulgence. And here’s where that difficulty finding diabetes-friendly desserts (or those that will have less of an impact on your blood glucose control as their traditional counterparts) comes in.
Well, look no further!
Here’s an easy, diabetes-friendly dessert anyone can make and enjoy.
Individual Miniature Cheescakes
Makes 10 Servings
1 cup 5% fat ricotta cheese
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 medium egg
¼ cup light sour cream
½ tsp cornstarch
⅛ tsp vanilla extract
fruit puree (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 10 muffin cups with muffin paper cups.
In a food processor, combine ricotta cheese, cottage cheese and sugar; puree until smooth. Beat in egg.
Blend in sour cream, cornstarch, and vanilla until well mixed.
Divide batter among muffin cups.
Set muffin tin in larger pan; pour in enough hot water to come half way up sides. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from water bath; cool on wire rack. Chill.
Serve with fruit puree, if desired.
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Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 Miniature Cheesecake):
Fat: 8 g
Sodium: 268 mg
Diabetic Exchanges: 2/3 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Lean Meat, 1 Fat
Source: The Best Diabetes Cookbook
As always, consult with your doctor before trying this recipe. And bon appetite!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.