Having diabetes shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your favourite cakes and bakes now and again. It just requires a little bit of creativity when it comes to choosing your ingredients and managing portion size.
You’ll find a selection of our favourite low-sugar, sugar-free, keto and low-GI cake recipes below so you’re sure to find something suitable, no matter your approach to managing diabetes.
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A modern take on a timeless classic, this victoria sponge recipe has plenty of fruity flavour without the sugar. Both the sponge and the double cream topping are made with xylitol, to keep this cake diabetic-friendly.
Sweetened with natural fruits and a little maple syrup, this cheesecake combines ricotta and yogurt for a lower-fat, yet rich and creamy texture.
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Sweeten the filling for this low-sugar dessert naturally by adding sultanas soaked in milk, and add a sprinkle of nutmeg for spicy warmth. Bake until the pastry is golden and the filling is just wobbly in the centre.
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Strawberry & white chocolate choux buns
Fill light choux pastry with a creamy vanilla custard and Greek yogurt filling, then finish with fresh fruit for a lower-sugar afternoon tea treat.
Healthy chocolate brownies
Yes, that’s right – these lighter brownies are rich, cakey and chocolatey, but low in fat, gluten-free and containing no added sugar. Great for those with special diets.
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Replace sugar with xylitol and swap butter and oil for a puréed whole orange in this light and zesty cake made with ground almonds and polenta.
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Instead of making another loaf of banana bread, use up overripe fruit in this low-sugar cheesecake with a chocolate and nut base and ricotta and yogurt topping.
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This clever cheesecake uses crushed oatcakes and desiccated coconut for the base, plus naturally sweet pineapple for a lower-sugar dessert.
If you’re looking for more cheesecake inspo, have a look at our vegan and gluten-free lemon cheesecake – it’s sweetened with agave syrup.
It may taste indulgent, but this low-sugar fruity pud is sweetened with xylitol and apples, keeping it low in sugar. Cinnamon gives a lovely warmth, while pecans add a nutty crunch.
Crisp pastry, sweet raspberries and a nutty frangipane filling make this a lovely dinner party dessert or weekend treat. No one will guess it’s low in sugar.
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Sweetened with all-natural xylitol, this lighter lemon sponge cake has a dense, syrupy texture and keeps well for a few days. Or, if you’d prefer, you can make this cake ahead of time and pop it in the freezer. Simply defrost thoroughly when you’re ready to enjoy it.
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A classic combination of chocolate and orange flavours in a rich, squidgy dessert that’s low in sugar but no less tasty. What’s not to love?
For a lighter afternoon tea treat, this dairy-free and sugar-free carrot cake uses xylitol to sweeten it naturally, and is very simple to make. Swapping the usual soft cheese icing for pecans and an optional drizzle of agave syrup means you slash the sugar and calories.
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A quick and easy way to satisfy your chocolate cravings, this keto mug cake is flavoured with ground almonds, nut butter and cacao. Simply mix, cook for two minutes and enjoy.
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Enjoy our keto chocolate cake with a cup of tea for a mid-afternoon treat. It’s made using almond flour, eggs and cacao, with a delicious yogurt-based topping.
Bake these sumptuous keto brownies using nut butter, courgette, cacao and almond flour. They’re moreish and perfectly moist – just how a brownie should be.
Try these moreish keto doughnuts made with almond flour. If you like blueberries, add some into the mix as a way to add colour and more nutrients.
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Enjoy our delightful keto-friendly vanilla cake made with sunflower seed and almond flours, covered with a creamy yogurt frosting. It has a slightly denser texture than a normal sponge cake that, along with the frosting, makes for a satisfying treat.
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Angela Nilsen creates a healthier version of the classic bake with this easy recipe. It still has all the sweet, spiced flavours of regular carrot cake, along with a lighter soft cheese frosting, so you won’t miss a thing.
Delicious served hot or cold, this tart uses filo pastry to keep the calories down. The sweetness comes from ripe apricots, raspberries and a dollop of sweet, sticky conserve that acts as a glaze.
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All the joy of baking, with healthier results. This traybake uses sweet potato for natural sweetness, wholemeal flower and a lower-fat frosting made with quark.