For anyone dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome, finding desserts with a low glycemic index can be one of the biggest challenges to following a PCOS diet plan. Finding low-GI desserts without added sugar that taste delicious can be even more challenging. But don’t get frustrated just yet–these low GI dessert recipes will not only satisfy your cravings for sweets, they’ll fool your family into thinking they’re eating the real thing.
A key part of the PCOS diet is eating foods with a low glycemic index. Low-GI foods still contain carbohydrates, but they don’t create sudden increases in your blood sugar levels like high-GI foods. For women with PCOS, proper nutrition can lead to weight loss and increased odds of getting pregnant naturally, without the use of IVf or other fertility treatments.
Low Sugar and Flourless Apple Cranberry CrumbleThis recipe for Low Sugar and Flourless Apple Cranberry Crumble from Kaley’s Kitchen would make a great a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, but it would be equally delicious after a weekday dinner too.
This crumble is made from red and green apples along with tart cranberries and cinnamon, then topped with a crumble made from oats and almond flour. Yum!
Low-Glycemic Peanut Butter CookiesPeanut butter is one of my favorite foods, so when I learned that peanuts are a low-GI food I was thrilled. Even better, these Low-Glycemic Peanut Butter Cookies only take 15 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake! I made these last week and my hubby ate five of them in one sitting. That’s how good these are.
But make sure you use natural peanut butter–the kind that has to be stirred–not the sweetened kind with added sugar like Jiff, Peter Pan, and Skippy.
Low Glycemic Blueberry Pie with Gluten-Free CrustBlueberries always remind me of visiting my grandparents’ Maine lake house in the summer where I picked wild blueberries. The pies my grandmother made with these wild blueberries were so tart and sweet and yummy–just perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Nothing at all like store-bought blueberry pie filling.
This recipe for Low Glycemic Blueberry Pie with Gluten-Free Crust from Kelly uses frozen blueberries, coconut sugar, vanilla-flavored stevia , agar, and arrowroot to create a sweet, dense pie. Yum! If you don’t have vanilla stevia, regular stevia and a little vanilla extract would also work.
Low Glycemic Gluten-Free Carrot CakeThose of us on a PCOS diet are lucky that carrots, raisins, almonds and walnuts are all allowed since they’re all low GI foods. This Low Glycemic Gluten-Free Carrot Cake from Elana’s Pantry uses all those ingredients and is topped with white frosting sweetened by agave nectar.
My favorite carrot cakes are moist and sticky, and this recipe looks like it will do the trick. Caution: this recipe yields two pans of carrot cake!
Low Glycemic Pecan BrowniesBrownies are another of my guilty pleasures. In the past, I’ve been known to eat a quarter of a pan in one sitting! Luckily for my waistline, I’ve stopped doing that!
But these Low Glycemic Pecan Brownies look tempting! They use beans (your choice of black beans, cannellini beans, or kidney beans) to make thick, chewy pecan brownies that you could wash down with a glass of milk. Brownies are easy to make and quick to put together, so they’d make a great dessert for weeknights when you don’t have hours to devote to cooking.
As you can see, following a PCOS diet plan does take planning. You may need to buy some of the ingredients online or from a natural grocery store like Whole Foods, but it’s totally worth it.