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Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Baking Recipes

By Lara Hamilton RDN, CDE

You shouldn’t feel guilty for indulging around the holidays, especially if you stock the dessert table with health-conscious treats.

This holiday season, try substituting baking recipes that are high in refined sugar and heavy creams with recipes that use natural ingredients such as fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, honey and spices. Your desserts will be just as delicious and have a healthy, holiday sweetness that won’t upset the gut.

DMG registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Lara Hamilton, shares some of her favorite holiday dessert recipes that everyone can enjoy.


This no-cook dessert is a great substitute for pumpkin pie – and it’s only 100 calories!  For a quick, healthy and delicious pumpkin dessert, look no further – this pudding parfait is amazing and ready in minutes. You can substitute light whipped cream for the Greek yogurt here if desired.

Pumpkin Pudding Parfait Recipe


Everyone loves dessert and making sweet treats from natural foods is great. You will be surprised how creamy this mousse is from the avocado, and it’s a nice dessert to serve a guest who has a dairy allergy.


Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe


Fast, nutritious and it smells like apple pie – what’s not to like? Make this sliced fruit with cinnamon, vanilla and honey for your next quick dessert. For even more flavor, top with toasted, chopped walnuts.

Sauteed Cinnamon Apples Recipe

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Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Copyright 2019 by The American Diabetes Association. 

Topics and Subtopics: Diabetes Care & Diet & Nutrition

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