The one thing I dreaded more than anything while I was pregnant was the test for gestational diabetes. Since my chocolate craving was strong, I prayed I could continue plowing through bags of M&Ms. Luckily, I passed, but I knew several women who weren’t so lucky. According to the UCSF Medical Center, seven percent of pregnant women suffer from gestational diabetes, which usually goes away once your baby is born. But until then, you have to come up with clever way to satisfy your sweet tooth, which means finding chocolate recipes for people with gestational diabetes.
I know what you’re probably thinking. How can a sugar-free chocolate recipe have any sort of flavor? But it is 100 percent possible. After all, the 29.9 million Americans suffering from diabetes do it every day. By changing a few key ingredients, like almond flour instead of white flour and using superfoods, like avocados, to create desserts, you can find some new favorites to enjoy. Sure they may be a little healthier than the traditional chocolate cake you’re used to. But isn’t that just better for you and your growing baby. Even if you’re in the clear to eat chocolate, you should try whipping up one of these nine gestational diabetes-friendly chocolate recipes. They’re sure to satisfy anyone’s craving — pregnant, diabetic, or none of the above.
1. Healthy Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Made with the superfood avocado, this vegan chocolate avocado mousse from Hello Natural is full of antioxidants and only two tablespoons of cocoa. You’ll be able to enjoy a creamy, healthy pudding without sacrificing flavor.
2. Low Sugar Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
This low sugar treat from Oatmeal With a Fork is made with quinoa, a grain high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. If you’re craving a cookie, you won’t have to give up your favorite chocolate chips in this healthy treat either.
3. Paleo Extra Dark Chocolate Mint Thins
Made with raw cacao paste, coconut oil, and honey, these diabetes-friendly Thin Mints from The Healthy Foodie will melt in your mouth and satisfy your sweet tooth. There’s also only 6.7 grams of carbohydrates in a serving, so you can rest assured that this treat is a good choice if you’re suffering from GD.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Popsicles
This naturally-sweetened frozen treat is perfect for those hot pregnant moments. From Cara’s Craving, the chocolate chip cookie dough popsicles are made with dates and cashew milk, giving you the delicious buttery taste of cookie dough without all of the sugar.
5. Chocolate Protein Truffles
With natural almond butter, protein powder, and raw cocoa powder, these protein truffles from A Cozy Kitchen are a sweet, healthy snack.
6. Chocolate Nutmeg Cake Doughnuts
Everyone needs a great doughnut recipe and this one from Love and Lemons is a fantastic choice. Made with almond flour and coconut oil, giving you low-carb ingredients to work with and creating a yummy treat.
7. Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Some days you just need a cupcake, am I right? Sweetened with a little bit of honey and made with coconut flour and coconut oil, these cupcakes from The Urban Poser are dairy, grain, and nut free.