Living as a diabetic in a sweetened world makes everything harder. Foods like marinara sauce and ketchup pack in quite a few grams of sugar per serving. Who would’ve thought?! But the one thing that’s harder to say “no” to is a good slice of dessert. Whether it’s a gooey brownie or glazed donut, missing out is no fun. But we’ve collected some diabetic-friendly dessert recipes here that we think you’re going to LOVE.
UNICORN PROTEIN BARK
The unicorn craze is undeniable — everyone wants unicorn hair, food, nails, you name it! You can add whatever food coloring you’d like to make this protein bark as magical as you want!
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- 1 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ scoop IdealLean Strawberries ‘N Cream Protein
- ½ scoop IdealLean Peaches ‘N Cream Protein (You can get that protein powder here.)
- 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt cream cheese
- 2 tsp. honey
- red and yellow food coloring (optional)
- Using a hand mixer or whisk, mix ½ cup of yogurt with Strawberries ‘N Cream Protein, 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1 tsp honey, and a 1-2 drops of red food coloring to create the bright pink color.
- In a separate bowl, whisk remaining ½ cup of yogurt, ½ scoop Peaches ‘N Cream Protein, 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1 tsp honey, and 1 drop of yellow and 1 drop of red food coloring to create the peach color.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and layer both flavors of yogurt in the pan. Using a spoon swirl yogurt. Freeze for about 2 hours, or until solid.
CARROT CAKE PROTEIN DONUTS
Carrot cake isn’t just for Easter! These yummy baked donuts are good any time of the year. We might even suggest them with your morning coffee! Plus it’s almost like a vegetable, because CARROTS.
Calories: 163. Fat 12g. Carb 8g. Protein 8g.
- 1/2 c blanched almond flour
- 1 scoop French Vanilla IdealLean Protein
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 egg 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted & cooled
- 1/4 c finely shredded carrots
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, protein, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the banana, egg, and coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, and stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Fold in the shredded carrots.
- Transfer the mixture to a large ziplock bag. Snip the corner of the bag, and pipe the donut batter into 5 donut molds.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until donuts are baked through. Be careful not to over bake the donuts.
- Allow donuts to slightly cool in the pan before removing them from the pan.
- Optional: If you want to frost these, mix together 2 ounces of fat-free cream cheese with 1 tbsp. of vanilla protein, a dash of cinnamon, and a splash of unsweetened almond milk. However, the macros do not include the frosting.
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PRETZELS
It’s about that time of year when stores start putting out Christmas decorations…yes, I’m talking about October. Isn’t it odd that we can’t just focus on one holiday at a time?! Regardless, these crunchy, sweet, chocolate covered pretzels are a great holiday treat to munch on during your favorite Christmas movies.
- 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
- 1 scoop Chocolate Brownie IdealLean Protein
- 8 pretzel rods
- 2 peppermint candy canes, crushed
- Melt dark chocolate chips in microwave or over the stovetop and immediately add Chocolate Brownie IdealLean protein powder and stir until incorporated.
- Spread chocolate mixture onto wax paper and roll the top half of the pretzel rods in the chocolate mixture until coated.
- Roll in crushed candy canes. Freeze until chocolate has hardened. Enjoy!
Calories per serving: 133. Protein 5g. Carbs 20g. Fat 5g.
PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE NICE CREAM
There aren’t many words that can describe how YUM this ice cream is. You take two good things — peanut butter and cheesecake — and combine them to create a beautiful creamy masterpiece. This is a pretty clean recipe as far as treats go. It’s not only a diabetic-friendly dessert, but it has very little dairy in it!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 c natural peanut butter
- 4 oz Greek cream cheese
- 1 scoop French Vanilla IdealLean Protein
- 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. honey
- Blend together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into a container and freeze for 2 hours. Allow to thaw for about 15 minutes before scooping. Enjoy!
Calories: 244, Protein: 13g, Carbs: 25g, Fats: 12g
CHOCOLATE ALMOND CHEESECAKE BOWL
Doesn’t this look like those “dirt” cups full of pudding and candy and crushed cookies? Yeah, this is the adult version of that treat. It packs in 24 grams of protein so it’s great to eat before or after a workout, or even if you want a sweet little diabetic-friendly dessert.
- 1/2 c non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 scoop Chocolate Brownie IdealLean Protein
- 2 tbsp. sugar-free cheesecake pudding powder
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. sliced almonds
- 1/2 a full chocolate graham cracker, crushed
- Mix together the yogurt, protein powder, pudding powder, cocoa powder, and almond milk until combined. Stir well until all the powders are dissolved. Add a splash more of almond milk if it’s too thick. Pour into a bowl and top with sliced almonds, and crushed graham cracker. Enjoy!
Calories: 233, Protein: 24g, Carbs: 25g, Fat: 5g.