4 Low-Carb Frozen Dessert Recipes for Summer

4 Low-Carb Frozen Dessert Recipes for Summer

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  • Cool down with our favorite frozen treats that are low in carbs.
  • Our recipes for kiwi iceys, frozen yogurt popsicles, strawberry sorbet, and frozen yogurt bark all take less than 10 minutes to make. 
  • If you live with diabetes, consider checking your blood sugar before and after trying a new recipe.

  • Nothing is as satisfying as a tasty frozen treat after a day at the beach or as the grand finale to your latest masterpiece on the grill. But if you’re trying to eat foods that are low in carbs, finding a sweet treat that’s both delicious and in line with your eating plan can be a challenge.

    Never fear! We’ve got you covered. 

    These four low-carb dessert recipes will keep you cool and satisfied after a day in the sun. Developed by registered dietitians (RDs) on the One Drop coaching team, these alternatives to the carb-packed options you might find at the grocery store will help you if you’re taking a low-carb approach to eating. 

    Even if you’re familiar with these foods and how they affect your health, it’s important to check your blood sugar before and after trying a new recipe if you live with diabetes. That way, you’re less likely to run into any unexpected blood sugar spikes or crashes. If you have any questions, reach out to your One Drop clinical health coach.

    Refreshing Kiwi Icey

    Low-carb frozen kiwi icey popsicle recipe for people with diabetes

    Tart and sweet all at once, the kiwi packs a flavorful punch. It’s rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber, which support healthy digestion and immunity. In our refreshing icey recipe, we combine kiwi with seltzer and cooling mint for an all-natural popsicle.

    Consider muddling half of the kiwi in the bottom of each mold to spread the sweetness. If you prefer a treat that’s a little sweeter, replace the seltzer with 1-2 ounces of 100% fruit juice or use an artificial sweetener such as stevia, monk fruit extract, or allulose. If you can’t find kiwi or it’s not your favorite flavor, berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries are just as delicious.

    Fun fact: the popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old boy in 1905.

    Serves 1
    Serving size: 1 6-oz popsicle
    Prep time: 2 minutes
    Freeze time: 3+ hours

    Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Carbs: 5g
    Fiber: 1g
    Fat: 0g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Protein: 1g
    Sodium: 10mg

    Ingredients

    • 3 oz seltzer or sparkling water
    • 1 kiwi, cut into rounds
    • Popsicle tray
    • 2 sprigs fresh mint, optional

    Directions

    1. Wash produce and slice kiwi into rounds with skin intact. Peel skin off each round of kiwi. 
    2. Slowly add seltzer to the popsicle tray and drop in kiwi rounds. 
    3. Tear mint into small pieces and distribute evenly in each popsicle tray. 
    4. Freeze for at least three hours. 

    Frozen Yogurt Bar 

    Low-carb frozen Greek yogurt bar dessert recipe for people with diabetes

    Our frozen yogurt bars taste much more decadent than you might expect. Tangy yogurt and sweet berries come together for a creamy crowd-pleasing delight. If you’re a beginner in the kitchen, this is a great recipe to kick off your culinary journey. It’s so simple!

    Be sure you use Greek yogurt (or any yogurt that has added gelatin or pectin) for this low-carb snack. These added stabilizers prevent the water and fat in yogurt from separating during freezing, so your frozen yogurt bars will turn out nice and creamy. Additionally, Greek yogurt can contain twice the protein and half the carbs of traditional yogurt, making it an even better choice for people living with diabetes who are trying to eat food with low carbs. 

    Serves 1
    Serving size: 1 6-oz popsicle
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Freeze time: 2-3 hours

    Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Carbs: 9g
    Fiber: 1g
    Fat: 1.5g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Protein: 5g
    Sodium: 25mg

    Ingredients

    • 4 oz low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup fresh or frozen mixed berries

    Directions

    1. Layer yogurt and berries with a spoon into the popsicle mold. 
    2. Make sure contents are evenly distributed and freeze for at least two to three hours. Freeze time will depend on the temperature of the freezer as well as the popsicle tray used. 

    Strawberry Sorbet 

    Low-carb frozen strawberry sorbet dessert recipe for people with diabetes

    With just three ingredients, our strawberry sorbet is as simple to make as it is to enjoy. Strawberries contain a lot of water, so their carb content is relatively low, making them a solid choice for people looking for low-carb snacks and desserts.

    For a less sweet sorbet, use water instead of orange juice. For a sweeter sorbet, skip the orange juice and use three to four tablespoons of agave nectar, maple syrup, or liquid sweetener of your choice.

    Not a fan of strawberries? Swap them out for another fruit: honeydew, blueberry, and mango are just a few ideas.

    If your strawberries aren’t already frozen, cut them into half-inch pieces. Lay the strawberry cubes in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until completely frozen.

    Serves 2
    Serving size: ½ cup
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 10 minutes

    Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Carbs: 8g
    Fiber: 2g
    Fat: 0g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Protein: 1g
    Sodium: 0mg

    Ingredients

    • 8 oz strawberries, frozen
    • 2 tbsp 100% orange juice
    • 1-2 tbsp water
    • Squeeze of lemon juice, optional

    Directions

    1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the strawberries into small pieces. Pulse in short bursts to ensure the sorbet doesn’t melt from the heat of the blades.
    2. While still pulsing, add the orange juice one tablespoon at a time. The consistency will start to resemble a sorbet. Add more liquid if needed.
    3. Squeeze lemon juice into the blender, if desired. Blend to mix, or no more than a couple of seconds. Serve immediately and enjoy.

    Frozen Yogurt Bark 

    Low-carb frozen yogurt bark dessert recipe for people with diabetes

    Get creative with our versatile frozen yogurt bark recipe. Our recommended toppings—chocolate chips and unsalted almonds—can be swapped for coconut flakes, pistachios, a drizzle of peanut butter, or other goodies depending on what you like and what you have on hand. 

    You could also switch the honey for a different liquid sweetener, such as agave, allulose, or monk fruit. Your favorite low-sugar jam or fruit preserve would also work. 

    Keep in mind that frozen yogurt bark can only keep at room temperature for up to 15 minutes, so enjoy it quickly and store the leftovers in the freezer. 

    Serves 10
    Serving size: 2.5 oz
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Freeze time: 2 hours

    Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Carbs: 9g
    Fiber: 2g
    Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Protein: 7g
    Sodium: 15mg

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • ½ cup raspberries, roughly chopped
    • ½ cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
    •  2 tbsp dark chocolate chips, optional

    Directions

    1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium or large bowl, mix together the yogurt, honey, and half of the raspberries and almonds.
    2. Pour and evenly spread the mixture onto the lined parchment sheet.  
    3. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and the remaining raspberries and almonds on top.
    1. Freeze for about two hours. If the bark is not yet completely firm, let it freeze for an additional 60-90 minutes. 
    2. When firm, remove from the freezer and break into pieces. Serve and enjoy!

    This article has been clinically reviewed by Lisa Graham, RN, CDCES, clinical health coach and director of clinical operations at One Drop.

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    Sara Huneke
    Jul 20, 2022

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