4 Dessert Bariatric Recipes for Seniors with Diabetes

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Mon, Nov 26, 2018

After undergoing surgery it is important to stick to the diet set by your doctor to insure proper progress toward better health. Even when you are trying to eat healthy, the craving for a sweet fix can hit you hard, and it can be easy to turn back to unhealthy options. Set aside the thought process that healthy food isn’t as delicious and use some of these fun bariatric recipes for desserts to help make it easy to eat better and feel better.

1. Delightfully Baked Apples

This dessert is like an apple crumble with less sugar and fat, making it perfect for a senior’s post-bariatric diet. This warm, tart and sweet dessert is sure to kick the cravings and keep you on track. You know what they say about apples and doctors, so this one is a definite must-have in your dessert rotation.


  • 2 large apples, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar, unpacked
  • 2 tbsp all purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 4 tbsp quick oats (check for Gluten Free)
  • pinch of cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cut apples in half and remove core and seeds with a small paring knife or spoon.
  3. In a small bowl combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Spoon on top of the apple halves and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve warm.

2. Berry White Ice Pops

This recipe is great for the beginning of your recovery when you aren’t quite to whole foods yet. The red, white, and blue colors are fun and offer a delicious bite to go with the appealing colors. The normal recipe recommends whole milk, but we suggest using coconut milk or almond milk for extra sweetness and flavor and to abide by bariatric guidelines.


  • 1-3/4 cups unsweetened coconut or almond milk, divided
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 10 freezer pop molds or 10 paper cups (3 ounces each) and wooden pop sticks


  1. In a microwave, warm 1/4 cup milk; stir in honey until blended. Stir in remaining 1-1/2 cups milk and vanilla.
  2. Divide berries among molds; cover with milk mixture. Top molds with holders. If using cups, top with foil and insert sticks through foil. Freeze until firm. 
3. Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Drops

Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt? With these homemade fro-yo drops, you can get your fix and keep an eye on how much sugar you are actually eating. These drops have a bit more sugar compared to some of the other desserts, but they are still a much better alternative to a scoop of ice cream or a trip to a frozen yogurt shop where the toppings are just too tempting. Yogurt is great to help with digestion, and honey is a wonderful alternative to refined sugar. These are also great treats for the beginning of your recovery process before whole foods become an option.


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (get the low-fat version for an even healthier treat)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add some protein powder for an easy snack substitute


  1. Mix yogurt and honey together in a bowl.
  2. Add vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into a Ziploc bag.
  4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  5. Make a small snip at the end of the baggie. Squeeze drops onto wax paper.
  6. Freeze for about 30 -45 minutes until hard. 
4. Raw Almond Butter Coconut Cheesecake

These slices of almond butter heaven are filled with protein from the nuts and on the lower end of a sugar rush, making this a perfect dessert to kick your craving and boost your protein intake. This one is a little more time intensive than the others, but if you like a challenge then this dessert won’t disappoint.


For the Crust:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4-5 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup coconut meat (if frozen, defrost overnight)
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted


For the Crust:

  1. In your food processor, combine the cashews, shredded coconut, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Once the mixture becomes fine, add the dates one at a time while the food processor is still on.
  3. Lightly oil two 4-inch springform pans with coconut oil. Press the crust into the bottom of each pan.

For the Filling:

  1. In your blender, combine all ingredients except for the coconut oil and blend them on high until they’re creamy.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and blend it again for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the filling into each pan and smooth out the top. Any leftover filling can be stored in a jar in your refrigerator.
  4. Place both cheesecakes in your freezer overnight. The next day, remove the cheesecakes from the freezer, wipe around the pan with a wet dish towel and remove the cheesecakes from the molds.
  5. Place in your fridge to defrost (about 2 hours) and serve them with your favorite toppings.

Like anything in life, moderation is key. Keeping your sugar intake low while enjoying a sweet treat is a must, especially for seniors. No matter what you decide to eat to satisfy your dessert needs, stay away from pure sugary candies and the frozen aisles of your grocery store. In homemade desserts you have control over portioning and how much sugar is going into the dessert. If you have any questions about the above recipes or your recovery options our team is happy to help.

Tags: Bariatric Diet & Nutrition

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