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20+ Diabetic-Friendly Summer Desserts

Light, refreshing and diabetic-friendly, these delightful dessert recipes are the perfect final touch to a fresh summer meal.

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Makeover Fruit Pizza

“There’s nothing better than a guilt-free dessert, especially when it’s topped with refreshing and colourful fruit. We skimmed the calories and fat from a traditional fruit pizza to create one with about half the calories, fat and cholesterol.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Frosty Watermelon Ice

“For a different way to serve watermelon, try this make-ahead frozen dessert. It’s so refreshing on a summer day—and you don’t have to worry about seeds while you’re enjoying it.” —Kaaren Jurack, Manassas, Virginia

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Peach Crisp Parfait Pops

“My little ones love fruit crisps and Popsicles. I created a healthy and delicious treat that combines the two. For a sweet addition, use cinnamon sticks in place of the pop sticks.” —Carmell Childs, Ferron, Utah

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Fluffy Key Lime Pie

“For a taste of paradise, try this no-bake Key lime pie recipe. It’s low in fat, sugar and fuss. It truly is the best Key lime pie recipe ever!” —Frances VanFossan, Warren, Michigan

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Yogurt & Honey Fruit Cups

“This tasty combo of fresh fruit and creamy orange-kissed yogurt is guaranteed to disappear fast.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pineapple Upside-Down Muffin Cakes

“A friend submitted this recipe to a cookbook our school district was compiling. The first time I made them, the whole family declared the recipe a winner. Delicious and healthy to boot, they remain favourites to this day.” —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Raspberry-Banana Soft Serve

“When I make this ice cream, I mix and match bananas for their ripeness. Very ripe ones add more banana flavour. Less ripe ones have a fluffier texture.” —Melissa Hansen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Root Beer Float Pie

“This is the kind of recipe your kids will look back on and always remember. And you don’t even need to use an oven.” —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

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Frozen Chocolate Monkey Treats

“Everyone needs a fun, friendly way for kids to play with food. These rich bites are nutty and yummy. Just coat bananas in chocolate and dip them into peanuts, sprinkles or coconut.” —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

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Berry White Ice Pops

“Nothing says summer like an ice pop. Kids and adults alike love this fruit-filled version.” —Sharon Guinta, Stamford, Connecticut

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Ginger Plum Tart

“Sweet cravings, begone: This free-form plum tart is done in only 35 minutes. Plus, it’s extra-awesome when served warm.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chunky Banana Cream Freeze

“Everyone loves ice cream, but we all know it doesn’t make a great after-school snack. Until this! With its sweet banana-almond flavour and chunky texture, this appealing banana peanut butter “ice cream” is a crowd-pleaser. People who ask me for the recipe can’t believe how easy it is to make.” —Kristen Bloom, Okinawa, Japan

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Lemony Cream Cheese Bars

“Anytime I can take a recipe that has been handed down two generations and lighten it up while keeping the delicious flavour memories intact, I’m a happy girl.” —Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Pops

“These cool, creamy pops are a deliciously different way to use up the bounty from your rhubarb patch.” —Donna Linihan, Moncton, New Brunswick

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Easy Lemon Berry Tartlets

“These tarts are a quick and easy way to get your cheesecake fix.” —Elizabeth Dehart, West Jordan, Utah

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Frozen Banana Cereal Pops

“When we want a healthy snack, we dip bananas in yogurt, roll ’em in cereal, then freeze. Ta-da!” —Scarlett Elrod, Newnan, Georgia

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Chili-Lime Grilled Pineapple

“I love grilled pineapple. This recipe combines the fruit’s natural sweetness with the tart and spicy flavours of lime and chili powder. It’s great for dessert and even as a side dish with ham or pork chops.” —Geraldine Saucier, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Chocolate Hazelnut Soy Pops

“I love Nutella, and I’m always looking for ways to use it. These pops are a great way to stay cool in the summer, but also make a cozy treat in the winter.” —Bonita Suter, Lawrence, Michigan

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Must-Have Tiramisu

“This is the perfect guilt-free version of a classic dessert. My friends even say that they prefer my lighter recipe over other tiramisu.” —Ale Gambini, Beverly Hills, California

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Marinated Oranges

“This flavourful fruit was actually the topping in a cake recipe. But I didn’t want all the calories or fat from the cake—and the oranges are a good dessert all by themselves! The dash of vanilla extract brings out the fruit’s sweetness.” —Carol Poindexter, Norridge, Illinois

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Frozen Berry & Yogurt Swirls

“I enjoy these frozen yogurt pops because they double as a healthy snack and a cool, creamy sweet treat.” —Colleen Ludovice, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Grilled Stone Fruits with Balsamic Syrup

“Get ready to experience another side of stone fruits. Hot off the rack, these grilled nectarines practically melt in your mouth.” —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California

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Berries with Vanilla Custard

“What a simple, delectable way to enjoy fresh raspberries. For a change, also try the custard with strawberries or peaches.” —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire

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Lemon-Apricot Fruit Pops

“With just 31 calories and less than 1 tsp. sugar per serving, this is one light and refreshing summer dessert everyone can find room for!” —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

“You’ll fall in love with this sweet treat. Each silky slice is topped with juicy raspberries. Yes, you can have cheesecake without breaking the calorie budget.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Frozen Pineapple-Kiwi Pops

“Kiwi, pineapple, sugar and water are all you need to make these easy, breezy freezer pops.” —Colleen Ludovice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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