Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude and sharing a meal with people you care about. Often the oven is filled with turkey and trimmings for this traditional meal. Discover 3 no bake desserts that for Thanksgiving that fit into your diabetes self-management plan.
- Baking a Thanksgiving dessert means making space in your busy oven while you are trying to cook sweet potatoes, turkey and vegetables for the main meal. Fortunately, there are easy, no- bake desserts for people with diabetes that are sure to impress all your guests. These desserts are quick, easy to make and offer the classic Thanksgiving flavors everyone loves. Make sure to put out a platter of sugar-free cookies, some freshly brewed coffee with Stevia on the side and an array of herbal tea options too.
- Apples are a sweet fall treat that can become the main ingredient in your Thanksgiving no bake desserts. If you want to add some fun and exercise to your routine, go apple picking to get these tasty fruits for your Thanksgiving desserts. Consider making a mouthwatering, no bake apple crisp. Slice 4 cups of cooking apples into thin wedges. Simmer them in a large skillet with 1/8 cup of diet cranberry juice and 1/8 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the apples are tender with a bit of crispness. Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon over the apples. Let them cool slightly, than top off with toasted oats and slivered almonds. If you want total decadence, top with a half scoop of sugar-free vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of fat-free, sugar-free caramel sauce.
- Another option with apples is to make frozen applesauce pops. You can buy applesauce with no sugar added at the local grocery store or make your own applesauce. Consider a quick applesauce recipe for a homemade taste with no baking. It requires 4 1/2 cups of apples, 2 3/4 cup of water, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Peel, core and cube the apples, then put all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring them to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes until the apples get soft. Stir them often so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Use a potato masher to make the applesauce really smooth. Let the applesauce cool completely and then add fresh berries, such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Spoon the fresh applesauce with berries into Popsicle containers. Cover and freeze them overnight to serve on Thanksgiving. If you don’t have Popsicle containers, you can also use 5 ounce paper cups covered with plastic wrap, than push a stick through the plastic into the applesauce.
- Now you don’t have to envy people who are eating pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Try a quick and easy recipe for pumpkin pie pudding. All you need is a 15 ounce can of pumpkin, a 1.5 ounce box of instant, sugar free vanilla pudding mix, 1 cup of almond milk, 2 cups of low-fat milk, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg. Whisk the pudding and milk together then add the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk until the ingredients are blended and smooth. Pour into small containers and refrigerate until they are set. Top them off with fat-free whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon and a walnut.
These no bake desserts for Thanksgiving are ideal for everyone. They have less calories and sugar so they fit into your diabetes plan. Plus, they are packed with your favorite seasonal flavors to perfectly top off any Thanksgiving meal.