After giving out candy to trick-or-treaters and resisting temptation, people with diabetes deserve a special treat. Fortunately, there is a variety of low-sugar, low-fat desserts that are tasty and easy to make. Consider these delicious diabetes friendly Halloween desserts.
- Apples are one of the familiar flavors of fall. There are several ways to serve them without all the added sugar and guilt. Peel and core 6 apples then cut them into thin wedges. Get an 8” x 12” baking dish and pour 1/8 inch of sugar-free apple juice on the bottom of the dish. Layer the apples over the juice. Mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar substitute, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and bake in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the apples are soft. If you don’t have time to bake the apples, simply peel them, cut them into thin wedges and serve with Walden Farms sugar-free caramel or chocolate dip. It’s a decadent treat that is sure to help you combat the cravings to raid the Halloween candy stash.
- Consider simple, fun Halloween desserts made with sugar-free Jello gelatin and pudding. Try a creamsicle layered dessert that looks like candy corn when you serve it in a deep glass dish. Prepare sugar-free orange gelatin and sugar-free vanilla pudding according to the directions on the boxes. Layer them to create a tasty dessert that helps you stay away from regular candy corn. For an added treat, top each dish of layered Jello and pudding with a few sugar-free gummy bears.
- You can also combine two of your favorites to make a sensational dessert. Make two 1/3 ounce boxes of sugar-free strawberry-banana Jello according to the instructions on the packages, but reduce the water used by 1/2 cup. Refrigerate for an hour then stir in 1/2 cup of sugar-free applesauce and 1/2 of banana, thinly sliced. Chill the mix until it sets completely then put in dessert dishes with a slivered banana on top of each serving.
- Fall is the season of sweet treats such as pumpkin custard and sweet potato pie. Resist the temptation by preparing low-fat, low-sugar sweet potato banana custard. Preheat the over to 325 degrees and coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Mash 2 cups of cooked sweet potato, then mash 1 cup of banana. Stir the sweet potato and banana together in a bowl. Add 2 cups of evaporated skim milk, 2 tablespoons of Splenda brown sugar substitute, 2 tablespoons of Splenda sugar substitute, 2/3 cup of egg substitute, a dash of salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a ½ teaspoon of nutmeg. Pour this aromatic mix into a casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes. Cool and top off with slivered almonds or walnuts before serving.
- Any dessert is more delicious when you add a dollop of sugar-free, low-fat whipped cream which is easy to make yourself. First chill the bowl for the best results. Add 1/2 pint of whipping cream, 3 tablespoons of Splenda sugar substitute and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whip with an egg beater until it thickens and peaks start to form. Use this to top off any of the above desserts.
- Another option for chocolate lovers on Halloween is to make a cup of sugar-free instant hot cocoa and top it off with some homemade whipped cream.
Halloween doesn’t have to be a scary time for people with diabetes who have a sweet tooth. These are just a few of the satisfying desserts you can indulge in with less blood sugar spikes. Get creative and everyone is sure to want the low-sugar, low-fat desserts you whip up for the holiday.