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Diabetic Dessert for Party

I'm planning a dessert party and recently found out that one of our guests is diabetic. I was planning on having a fresh fruit platter, but what else can I serve that is diabetic friendly? Would a cheese platter work? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. cheese absolutely would be fine, along with some nuts. if you're so inclined there are plenty of decent recipes for sugar-free cheesecake that taste quite good too.

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    1. Sugar-free cheesecake is great for diabetics. i also make a sugar-free cheesecake mousse that is super easy - you just whip 12 oz of cream cheese until smooth, then add a little artificial sweetener and the flavoring of your choice (I like lime juice, a couple of tablespoons). Whip 8 oz of heavy cream to stiff peaks and fold into cream cheese mixture, taste for sweetness, then spoon into ramekins and refrigerate. This makes four to six generous servings.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        I have used Splenda successfully in a gelatin/whipped cream lemon mousse, and my friend who is, as we say, a very britttle diabetic and extremely conscious of what she eats, scarfed it down and things went well afterwards. I don't have the recipe here, but it's from one of the very early Maida Heatter books, Great Desserts or the second Great Desserts. A long recipe, but she's very easy to cook/bake from because she gives careful details and lots of reassurance.

        And something like pumpkin pie could easily be used with Splenda. Your options are wider than just fruit and nuts. That cheesecake is a good idea. Or you could use a regular recipe and the granulated S'da. NAYYY, I've just learned successfully!

        1. re: biondanonima

          Personally, I can't stand any sugar substitute, it has such an after taste, that stays with me all day. I am 2 and I find I would rather have a small taste of the real thing than a large piece of sugar free . Fruit is okay, strawberries, cantaloupe are good. Believe it or not whipped cream has very little carbs and is away to add flavor. Maybe serve some flavored coffees. Small pieces of dark chocolate is good and lower in carbs.

          1. re: paprkutr

            I was thinking of a coffee bar. I did not know that dark chocolate would be acceptable. I will certainly do that.

            1. re: DaisyM

              Dark chocolate, like 70% and above is fine, and it's not only ok, it's good for you. It's not just for breakfast any more! ;-)

              1. re: mcf

                ♥ that answer mcf!!! I've inched my way up to 90% dark now...only 1 or 2 squares as it's very intense, satiates me nicely. I've discovered a Polish producer "Wawel" that I am lucky to find here at a European grocery store.

                1. re: Val

                  I have, too, but it depends upon the varietal or the brand. I like 85% a lot of the time, 90% not as often. 70% seems way too sweet, and 68% extremely so. I only eat small bits, too. I have a large stash, and it lasts.

        2. I made a sugar free pumpkin roll for my cousin who was diabetic using splenda; I've also made a carrot cake

          1. fresh fruit salad with apples, oranges, pears, grapes, grapefruit, & some mint

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            1. re: escargot3

              Not diabetic friendly, though sounds delicious. Most diabetics tolerate very small pieces of a few fruits, like berries or melon, but oranges, pears, grapes, very few can eat without a bad glucose reading to follow.

              Cheesecake and boule de neige translate very well to low carb, as do mousses, and pudding-y type things. Pumpkin cheesecake works well, too, the pumpkin is pretty low carb as it's high in fiber. Or pumpkin pie.

              1. re: mcf

                I'm sorry to disagree with you on this one. The fruits I listed are just fine for folks with type 2.
                It's all about limited amounts of carbohydrates and sugar.
                And certain fruits are better than others. mango, pineapple, watermelon are best avoided.
                the ones I posted are fine. Even people with Type 2 can and should have some fruit in their diet.

                1. re: escargot3

                  I'm type 2 and for me all the fruits you list are out. In fact, for all intents and purposes, all fruits are out. Best I can do is a half of a very small raw apple. And small amounts of citrus juices used in recipes are ok, but fruit juice to drink is not. So no fruit salad here. Hell, even a raw carrot will shoot my numbers up. Only way I can do fruit is about a quarter cup of raw fruit with a very large amount of protein. Hugely sucks since I make all kinds of jam for my B&B.

                  DaisyM, go with the cheesecake. Orange, or lemon, or lime. Do it on a nut crust.

                  1. re: escargot3

                    My meter, and those of pretty much all the type 2 DMs I know disagree. I suppose it depends on your goals; I keep my bg in the non diabetic range with diet alone, not meds.

                    1. re: mcf

                      all i can say is that my sister is type 2 and these fruits (apple, pear, orange) are part of the proscribed diet.
                      and yes, we know all carbs are sugar.

                      1. re: escargot3

                        Proscribed means forbidden/prohibited.

                      2. re: mcf

                        Right there with you mcf. I can do berries and apples, but the rest of the fruits tend to spike my blood sugar as well.

                      3. re: escargot3

                        Add me in about your list of acceptable items on a diabetic's fruit tray. Those fruits have so much sugar in them that the diabetic might as well have a small piece of pie or cake.

                        And about the "Even people with Type 2 can and should have some fruit in their diet" assertion. For some people, fruit is just a fructose-delivery system. Juice and whole fruit are not essential for health, no matter how much we might like them.

                  2. desserts can't be "diabetic," but people can have diabetes. Many people with diabetes have no problem eating regular desserts as part of counting carbs and taking appropriate amounts of insulin. others restrict carbs for a variety of reasons. as someone with type 1 diabetes for 25+ years, I hate desserts with artificial sweeteners and "diabetic food" in general. I can eat any type of fruit or dessert, I just may take a smaller portion--or not. if you can ask your guest, do so. if not, a mixture of cheese and fruit sounds like a great ending to any party, no matter who the guests!

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                    1. re: cocktailhour

                      95% of diabetics are type 2 though, so carbohydrate restriction is more of a constant for those hoping to avoid diabetic complications. I dislike artificial sweeteners, too, and I rarely make or eat desserts, and I don't use much artificial sweetener. I use mostly a mix of sugar alcohols with a small amount of liquid sucralose to avoid the icky mouth feel and off taste I get from it. I reversed pre diagnosis kidney and nerve damage this way and control my bg with diet alone and no meds, so such diet modifications are really key for me, like other type 2s..