If you think being diabetic means giving up on chocolate, think again. These diabetic chocolate recipes are sweet but not too sweet, so you can indulge without causing havoc. (Of course, talk to your doctor about your specific case of diabetes before diving in.) Here are 10 chocolate diabetic recipes for the win.
1. Chocolate Cherry Tarts
This is a simple recipe to follow, though please note it should be chilled overnight before serving. There are 16 grams of carbs in this sweet treat. If you like cherries, chocolate and pie, you’ll love the chocolate cherry tarts!
2. Bites of Chocolate Bliss
When baking these sweet chocolate treats, you can choose your texture: crispier or more chewy. This is a low-sugar recipe that uses only a half cup of sugar and a tablespoon of powdered sugar. If you love dark chocolate, you’ll love this. At only 24 calories per serving, the treat feels and tastes more indulgent than it actually is. Find the recipe here.
3. Devil’s Food Ice Cream Pie
You may feel a little devilish eating this sweet dessert—and it’s certainly one of the more decadent options included on this list—but it’s a good one to try for an occasional treat. You’ll need some patience for the recipe—the pie needs eight hours to firm. Find the recipe here.
4. Sugar-Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. For this recipe you’ll need only three things: strawberries, sugar-free chocolate chips and parchment or wax paper. Strawberries dipped in chocolate are such a fun treat to make and share whether it’s a holiday or any ol’ day.
5. Chocolate Gelato
If you’ve got an ice cream maker, and you’re craving a cool, creamy chocolate dessert that doesn’t go overboard on the sugar, try this recipe. When selecting the bittersweet chocolate you’ll use, splurge for one that’s high in quality because that’s where all the flavor comes from.
6. Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites
This recipe has broad appeal: it’s low-sugar, gluten-free and vegan. If you’re worried that means it’s tasteless, think again. It’s every bit as satisfying as biting into a tube of cookie dough. But with all its healthy, beneficial ingredients, you won’t feel terrible afterward. In fact, you’ll feel downright energized.
7. Lightened-Up Chocolate Fondue
What you won’t find in this recipe: any of the heavy cream, margarine or corn syrup typically found in chocolate fondue recipes. What you’ll find instead: three different kinds of chocolate and no added sugar. Make it for a snack or serve it at a party. Fondue is always a hit, but light fondue is even more crowd-pleasing for guests who want to skip the guilt.
8. Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles
Here’s the perfect dessert to make for those days when you’re craving something that’s both sweet and salty. Per truffle, you’re getting a mere 64 calories and 5 grams of carbs. Bonus: You can save them in the fridge for up to two weeks. Find the recipe here.
9. Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake, Diabetic Version
This cake is the holy grail of tasty diabetic desserts. If you’re someone who enjoys baking with Splenda, this is the recipe for you. This cake is moist and rich. If you’re serving it to others, prepare yourself for becoming their new favorite pastry chef.
10. Chocolate Mousse
Sometimes you’re in the mood for something complicated, and other times you need a recipe that only requires five ingredients. When you’re leaning towards the five-ingredients, consider this recipe your go-to. Whipped topping gives it a creamy texture while sugar-free chocolate syrup keeps the extra sugar at bay.
Depending on the severity of your diabetes, it is important to talk to your doctor about which desserts will work for you and your diet. Although all of the recipes included on this list have lower sugar counts than many traditional dessert recipes, they do have varying sugar content, and some use alternative sweeteners like Stevia and sugar-free syrup. Talk to your doctor about what will work best for you. If you’re given the green light, enjoy!