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Top 10 Diabetic Friendly Desserts For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be the one time of year when pumpkin pie makes sense as dessert, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up sugar-free sweets altogether. 

These diabetic friendly desserts for thanksgiving will satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your blood sugar in check. Happy thanksgiving!

diabetic friendly desserts for thanksgiving

1) Cranberry Walnut Crisp

Low-glycemic and diabetic friendly desserts for thanksgiving, cranberries are packed with antioxidants that help protect against heart disease. 

Cranberries can be expensive to buy in season (fall), but they can also be purchased frozen. Frozen berries will thaw quickly and allow you to enjoy their flavor at other times of year!

To make a low-glycemic dessert, use maple syrup or honey as your sweetener. You could also substitute pears for peaches, if you prefer.


Ingredient Checklist
  • 9 cups peeled, sliced Gala apples (about 3 pounds)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup apple cider or juice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

DirectionsInstructions Checklist

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2
To prepare filling, combine apples and next 7 ingredients (apples through dash of salt). Spoon apple mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

Step 3
To prepare topping, combine oats and remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Cover with foil; bake at 375° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 20 minutes or until topping is crisp and juices are thick and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 282 calories; calories from fat 27%; fat 8.5g; saturated fat 3.3g; mono fat 1.9g; poly fat 2.4g; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 50g; fiber 6g; cholesterol 12mg; iron 1.6mg; sodium 140mg; calcium 32mg.

2) Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of our favorite desserts for Thanksgiving. The sugar in apples reduces blood sugar levels, so it’s diabetic friendly desserts for thanksgiving! Add cinnamon and nutmeg to lower insulin spikes from your body and help control your blood sugar.

The filling of apple pie can really be anything, making it very versatile for vegetarians or gluten-free guests. Simply replace apples with peaches or pumpkin—you can easily create delicious dessert without sacrificing a Thanksgiving feel by using a different base!

Best part: Apple pie is easy to make and delicious to serve with whipped cream or ice cream if you still have room after enjoying other meals on Thanksgiving Day.

Pie skins:

500 gr wheat flour

200 gr ROYAL PALMIA BUTTER MARGARINE cold cut into small squares

5 tbsp cold water

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar


Material contents :

  • 6 green apples
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 75 g Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 50 gr royal palmia butter margarine 



2 egg yolks

1 tbsp Honey


How to make :

Make pie skins; mix the flour with the royal palmia butter margarine until it looks like sand then add cold water and apple cider vinegar, mix well until it becomes a compacted dough, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until stiff.

Meanwhile, make the filling, put all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook until the apples are soft and the sugar is dissolved
Remove the pie crust and prepare some flour for sprinkling the dough.
Beat the dough gradually at room temperature until the cold dough is flat 3 mm thick while occasionally sprinkling with flour so that the dough does not stick to the rolling pin.
Divide the dough into 2, cut the dough into several pieces lengthwise with a width of about 1.5 cm.
Place the remaining uncut dough into a pie pan that has been lined with royal palmia butter

 Margarineand flour, making a few holes at the bottom.
Bake the pie crust on a baking sheet in the oven at 160 °C for 20 minutes.
Put the stuffing that has been cooked into it and cover with a sheet of dough that has been cut, arrange as a plait on top.
Grease with oil and bake in the oven at 180 ° C for 20 minutes
Remove from pan and serve apple pie.

3) Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a favorite dessert at most Thanksgivings, especially if it's homemade. Unfortunately, pumpkin pie doesn't typically fit into a diabetic diet. 

Try baking your pumpkin pie in an unbaked crust or make it on top of a cookie sheet to keep from adding extra grease from your typical pie pan.

 You can also avoid candied sweet potatoes if you're trying to reduce your carb intake. In place of these options.

Opt for fresh fruit such as peaches and berries as side dishes to balance out your meal choices. To read more about choosing healthy desserts during Thanksgiving, click here!

4) Dark Chocolate Fudge

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a diabetic on thanksgiving? Believe it or not, there are many people who enjoy delicious treats like chocolate fudge.

 But want to avoid refined sugar. Luckily, you can make your own dark chocolate fudge that tastes great and is safe for diabetics to eat! Try out these two recipes below. 

The first one requires a little more time, while the second one only takes about half an hour to prepare.

5) Banana Cream Pie

This banana cream pie is just one of our great diabetic-friendly desserts that your whole family will love. The crust of our creamy dessert is made with nuts.

 Instead of white flour, and it’s topped with a homemade brown sugar topping that isn’t too sweet. If you want to avoid corn syrup and other artificial ingredients in canned pie filling.

 We have a recipe for banana cream pie filling as well. Be sure to save room for our pumpkin ice cream and cranberry mousse cake too!

6) Blueberry Crisp

This dessert is a fantastic choice for diabetics. It's relatively healthy, it contains blueberries which are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, and it tastes amazing. Best of all.

 Most of us already have everything we need to make it at home. You can experiment with different fruits depending on what you like best - apples, pears or cherries would be delicious too!

 Try your favorite type next time you want to treat yourself to something sweet but still healthy. And if that's not enough motivation, check out these other health benefits of blueberries!

7) Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a great dessert to have at Thanksgiving or any time of year. It is not super high in calories, but it can still satisfy your sweet tooth when needed. 

To make it diabetic friendly desserts for thanksgiving, use low-fat Greek yogurt and replace two cups of carrot with grated zucchini.

8) Pumpkin Cupcakes

This light, delicious citrus mousse is sure to be a hit. Unlike other mousses, which contain egg yolks or heavy cream and are very rich, ours is quite low in fat and calories.

 It's also sugar-free so it can be enjoyed by those with diabetes or on a low-carb diet. The tartness of fresh orange juice nicely complements high-quality raspberries.

 You’ll want to make two batches because your guests will love it! (For another option try our Lime Mousse recipe.)

9) Citrus Mousse with Raspberries & Whipped Cream

Making a sugar-free citrus mousse (with pears) and topping it with a dollop of whipped cream and raspberries is an excellent way to end any meal. The berries not only add flavor.

 But antioxidants as well. This is a great dessert for those watching their waistline, since it’s relatively low in fat. The mousse has about half of what you’d find in typical chocolate mousse desserts.

 Don’t worry though—it still tastes decadent. Just make sure you buy frozen berries, as fresh aren’t recommended because they can cause stomach issues when combined with diabetic medications such as insulin or oral medication.

10) Maple-Cinnamon Pecan Blondies

Blondies are like brownies, but without all that chocolate. These Maple-Cinnamon Pecan Blondies will be a hit with all your dinner guests, whether they’re watching their weight or not. 

With just six ingredients and 20 minutes in your kitchen, you can have these delicious treats ready to go when it’s time to share dessert with everyone at dinner. 

Not only is it easy and fast to whip up a batch of these blondies on short notice—it’s also healthier than regular desserts thanks to its use of pecans and maple syrup as opposed to refined white sugar and butter.

Apple Cinnamon Pecan Blondies

  1. Prep Time: 15 minutes
  2. Cook Time: 35 minutes
  3. Yield: 16 bars or squares
  4. Delicious, moist blondies spiced with cinnamon and dotted with sweet apple chunks and buttery pecans. The perfect treat for fall.


  1. 1 and 1/4 cups of unbleached, all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  3. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  5. 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  7. 1 and 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  8. 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  9. 3/4 cup of vegan butter such as Earth Balance, room temperature
  10. 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce, room temperature
  11. 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  12. 1 large apple, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  13. 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  14. Method

Preheat oven to 350'F. Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper, so that some of the paper hangs over two of the sides.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, ground cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in the pure maple syrup, the apple sauce and the pure vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.

With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Fold in the apple pieces and chopped pecans. Spread the batter into the prepared square pan. The batter will be fairly thick.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and the blondies are pulling from the sides of the pan. A toothpick inserted into the centre of the blondies will also come out clean and/or with a dry crumb.

Allow blondies to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Remove from pan using parchment paper edges and cut into 16 slices.
Note: An 8x8 inch pan will also work for this recipe. Reduce baking time to 30 to 35 minutes.


As a person with diabetes, it can be tough to decide what to serve at holiday dinners. Traditional desserts are often loaded with sugar and fat.

 But if you substitute low-calorie ingredients or omit certain ingredients altogether, you can create diabetic-friendly dishes that fit in your diet and make everyone happy.

 Here are our top ten diabetic friendly desserts for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

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