How to Make Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don't skip dessert! We're sharing one of our most popular diabetic chocolate chip cookie recipes, plus pro tips for baking with diabetes.

If you have diabetes, you don’t need to skip the birthday cake or pass on every dessert table. There are simple tweaks you can make to turn any dessert into a diabetic-friendly treat. Savor every celebration with our chocolate chip cookie recipe and diabetic baking pro tips.

How to Make Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe was submitted by Vicki Raatz. It’s one of our most popular diabetic chocolate chip cookie recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Step 1: Mix the wet ingredients

In a small bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, banana and vanilla.

Editor’s Tip: For lighter, fluffier cookies, bring your butter and egg to room temperature before mixing. Here’s why this tip works.

Step 2: Add the dry ingredients

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Step 3: Bake ’em up

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls—two inches apart—onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13-16 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire racks and let cool.

Editor’s Tip: Using the mashed banana instead of starting with more butter saves about 1-1/2 grams of saturated fat per cookie!

4 Diabetic Dessert Tips to Know

Keep It Real

When it comes to healthy desserts, keeping your ingredients real is vital. Skip the artificial sweeteners and instead opt for real sugar substitutes like mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce. You can also cut back on butter by using mashed avocado or one of these substitutes. These small changes add up, resulting in a better-for-you treat.

Know Your Numbers

While you can still enjoy dessert with your family and friends, it’s important to stay mindful of your treat’s nutritional information. Look for desserts with 30 grams of carbs or less. When adding sugar to a recipe, try experimenting with cutting back on the amount. You may be surprised to find you (and your family) don’t even miss half of the sugar!

Start With a Healthy Meal

When you keep your meals healthy and low-carb, you’ll have the freedom to indulge a little more at dessert time. Load up your dinner plate with fresh veggies and lean proteins to fill up and fuel your body. When it comes time for dessert, stay mindful of portion sizes and swap sugar for fruit when you can.

Start Experimenting

It’s not just chocolate chip cookies that can get a healthy makeover; try getting creative with all of your favorite treats. Instead of baking with white flour, try nut flours like almond meal to cut carbs and add fiber. When making sweet bread, adding shredded zucchini or carrot infuses the loaf with nutrients.

Can’t get enough of these healthier desserts? Check out our cookbook of diabetic-friendly recipes for the whole family!

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.