Diabetes friendly Christmas: desserts

With a few tasty tricks you can keep your blood sugar levels and your taste buds happy this Christmas.

Christmas desserts are often pretty decadent. The standard Christmas cakes and puddings are so full of added sugar and dried fruit that they are a nightmare for someone living with diabetes.

These two easy treats make the most of seasonal fruits and flavours, without going too crazy on the sweet stuff. 

Cherry clafoutis

Difficulty - easy
Serves 6-8

This little French dessert is so easy and tasty, and the best thing about it is it’s not too naughty. Using evaporated milk instead of cream keeps the fat down, and the sweet cherries mean you don’t need to add much sweetener to still get a dessert hit.

Chef’s tip: To pit the cherries use a firm plastic straw to push it through. 


  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 300g cherries, pitted
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • butter or olive oil spray for greasing dish
  • cream for serving, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place all of the batter ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Set aside until you need it.
  3. Grease a 25cm round pie dish with softened butter / oil spray. Do not use a spring form tin as it will leak out of the bottom!
  4. Lay the pitted cherries around the base of the dish then pop into the oven for five minutes so the fruit can soften a little. 
  5. Take out of oven and pour over the batter. The cherries should be just covered. 
  6. Return to the oven to bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until puffy and golden. Serve warm with a touch of cream if desired.

Healthy Choc-Mint Truffles

Truffle balls

Difficulty - easy
Makes 15

Instead of passing around the box of chocolates after lunch, you can pop one of these healthy truffles in your mouth and know that you’re opted for a healthier alternative! As with chocolates, you should only indulge in one or two and not eat the whole lot.

The nuts and seeds give these a high fat content but they are good fats, with an added protein hit.


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons pepita seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 15 drops food grade peppermint oil (available from health stores and specialty shops)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil/olive oil (your preference)
  • ground pistachios, desiccated coconut and cacao powder for decorating


  1. Place all the ingredients (except for those for decorating) into a food processor and turn on high for about 10 minutes. You want to process the mix until it turns into a sticky dough like texture. If you stop too soon it will be crumbly and fall apart.
  2. Roll tablespoon size balls between your palms. There may be a little excess oil from the nuts and coconut oil.
  3. Roll the balls into your ground nuts, cacao or coconut to decorate and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Back to top