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Sugar-Free Desserts for Diabetic Seniors to Eat on Christmas

Christmas desserts add a wonderful festive atmosphere to the holidays. Wonderful trifles, panna cottas, cheesecakes, puddings and Pavlovas, all help add to the joyous festivities. Here is a delicious gingerbread pudding with a delectable butterscotch sauce that North Coast live-in caregivers can serve diabetic seniors this holiday season.

Gingerbread Pudding

1/2 tablespoon molasses
4 tablespoons Truvia
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 egg
150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
80ml (1/3 cup) milk

Butterscotch Topping

1 cup canned reduced-fat coconut milk
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/16 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Melt 5 grams of unsalted butter in the microwave. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the inside of four 250 ml muffin pan holes.
3. Put butter, molasses, Truvia and ginger in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy.
4. Add the golden syrup and egg beating until well combined. Slowly add the self-rising flour beating well several times.
5. Add the milk and beat until well combined.

Butterscotch Topping

1. While the pudding is baking, combine the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan stirring until well combined.
2. Over medium low heat bring mixture to a boil. Continue, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
3. Remove from heat.

Final Preparation

Use a metal spoon to lightly drizzle some of the sauce onto an individual glass serving plate. Top with the pudding and then add more sauce. Leftover sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Christmas baking can be fun even when you’re using sugar-free products. Make sure to include your senior in your cooking fun. He or she will enjoy helping out and you will be building priceless memories. If he or she can no longer cook, then make sure to look for other holiday preparations that your loved one can assist with while you are busy in the kitchen.

If your loved one lives with diabetes, it’s important to know what foods are best suited for his or her optimal health. With help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one will learn to maintain a healthy diet, daily exercise regimen and an active social life to promote overall wellbeing. Call (02) 6646 3527 today to learn more about our North Coast home care services and how they benefit local seniors.