Celebrating A Provencal Christmas Eve With Diabetic-Friendly Sweets

Sunrise Senior Living  |  December 24, 2012

If you're a sweet tooth looking for a new Christmas tradition, you may look to Provence for some after-dinner inspiration. In this region of Southern France, it is customary to set out 13 desserts on Christmas Eve, a number that represents Jesus and the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper.

The tradition is fun, and if you're French, you might already be celebrating Christmas Eve this way. However, it seems like a bit of a nightmare if you're diabetic. Desserts range from fruit and almonds to dishes like buche de Noel, a Christmas yule log cake. If you want to indulge in some of the richer options, there are diabetic-friendly recipes for traditional desserts like fudge. In this delicious fudge recipe adapted from blogger "Chocolate Covered Katie," you will use all-natural ingredients to get a deliciously rich dessert that you'll forget is good for you!

Vegan Fudge


4 tablespoons coconut butter
1/2 a large, ripe banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
scant 1/16th teaspoon salt
sweetener if desired, to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


Start by melting the coconut butter, then combine all ingredients in a food processor. Once blended smooth, spread the mixture into a large, flat container - a jelly roll baking sheet or even candy molds if you're feeling creative. Refrigerate the fudge for several hours before cutting and serving.