Our Most Popular Low Carb Dessert Recipes of 2017


ASweetLife’s eight year anniversary was back in October, but it’s been such a busy year we didn’t have a moment to celebrate (and barely even noted the occasion). So, now as the year comes to a close I’d like to say OMG – eight incredible years!  Mike and I came into this with high hopes of contributing to the diabetes community. We had no idea how much you all would contribute to us, and how much we’d learn from you.

We sometimes laugh about the fact that when we started this magazine in 2009, we had worries that we wouldn’t be able to roll out enough content to sustain it. Turns out, there is so much to write about life with diabetes we can’t come even close to covering it all with our small team. But, we’re proud of what we’ve done and honored that we’ve had the opportunity to work with so many kind, smart and talented contributors.

So, here’s a toast to all of us: may we enjoy a year of good health and happiness, full of sweetness. That said, it seems like just the right time for a round-up of the year’s most popular low carb dessert recipes on ASweetLife, all by the remarkably talented recipe developer Carolyn Ketchum. (Her cookbooks are available here.)

Chai Spice Low Carb Donuts

Chai Spice Low Carb Donuts 1

Donuts are such a no-no on a healthy diet, right? Unless, of course, you make your own low carb donuts at home, with healthy ingredients. These Chai Spice Donuts have a lovely “cinnamon sugar” coating. Great with your morning coffee!

Low Carb Peanut Butter Fudge

Low Carb Peanut Butter Fudge

This reader comment says it all. “My mother and I made this recipe this evening and I must tell you when we tasted it we embarrassed and were in tears. For so long I have missed my mother’s fudge since we are both diabetic now. You have given us back so many memories.”


Low Carb Lemon Cake Roll

Low Carb Lemon Cake Roll 1

You simply can’t go wrong with this gorgeous low carb Lemon Cake Roll. It takes a little effort to make but looks spectacular and tastes utterly delicious. Serve with a side of fresh berries for a little pop of color. 


Low Carb Salted Caramel Macaroons

The Most Popular Low Carb Dessert Recipes of 2017

Chewy and sweet, these delicious salted caramel macaroons make a perfect low carb dessert or snack. They’re easy to make and the whole family will love them. Eat them plain or drizzle with a little dark chocolate for an extra special treat. 


Low Carb Mini Cannoli Cupcakes

Mini Cannoli Cupcakes

These adorable low carb cupcakes are wonderful.  It’s hard to go wrong with vanilla mini cannoli cupcakes with sugar-free ricotta frosting.


Low Carb Chocolate Ricotta Pudding
Sometimes it pays to play with your food. Carolyn invented this low carb chocolate ricotta pudding recipe when she had nothing for dessert and needed a quick treat. She first tried it with just ricotta, cream cheese, sweetener, and vanilla extract but was underwhelmed. Then she added a little cocoa powder and some instant coffee and voila! It was like instant chocolate pudding. 

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti


There really is no end to delicious pumpkin recipes, savory or sweet, autumn or not, pumpkin is always in style. 


Low Carb Cranberry Orange Shortbread

Low Carb Cranberry Orange Shortbread 1

This delicious low carb Cranberry Orange cookie is easy and perfect for sharing. You can freeze the dough ahead of time so it’s ready whenever you need it. 

Unsweetened dried cranberries are tough to find but some places do carry the freeze dried kind, which work well for this. Trader Joe’s and Amazon are good places to get them. You can also make your own using the recipe found here.

But if you really can’t find them and don’t want to make your own, sub in 1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh cranberries. Whether they are fresh or dried, chopping the cranberries is important to being able to slice the shortbread more easily!


Low Carb Peppermint Brownie Bites (Dairy-Free and Nut-Free)

Low Carb Peppermint Brownie Bites (Dairy-Free and Nut-Free)

Not just for the holidays, these delectable bites of peppermint brownie heaven are a perfect sugar-free treat.


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