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Low GI Dessert Recipes for PCOS Prevention


Be inspired by our low-GI dessert recipes and other healthy dessert ideas that can bring relief for PCOS sufferers! The dessert recipes you find below use ingredients like whole wheat flour, raspberries, beans, and apples which are thought to have PCOS-preventing properties.

If you are new to HealWithFood.org's online Guide to PCOS Prevention, you may also want to check out the diet tips for women with PCOS and the list of the best foods for fighting PCOS before you get started with the dessert recipes below.


Whole Wheat Brownies

This brownie recipe uses whole wheat flour and dark cocoa powder, both of which deliver magnesium. Research indicates that there is a strong link between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance associated with PCOS. Magnesium is required for proper glucose utilization and insulin signaling, which are impaired in people with insulin resistance.

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100 Simple, Delicious Smart-Carb Recipes

In The Low GI Diet Cook (from the New York Times bestselling series The New Glucose Revolution), world's leading authorities on the Glycemic Index deliver 100 mouthwatering recipes that incorporate the top 100 low-GI foods. You will find recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, plus some divine desserts to keep your sweet tooth satisfied.




Buckwheat Crepes with Prune Compote

Buckwheat is a concentrated source of magnesium. Research indicates that there is a strong link between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance associated with PCOS. In fact, magnesium appears to be the most common micronutrient found to be depleted in insulin resistant people.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Muffins Featuring Chickpeas

Good news: you don't need butter to create mouthwatering muffins! This dairy-free recipe uses pureed chickpeas and walnuts to replace the butter and cream most muffin recipes call for.

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Chocolate Sorbet

This sorbet recipe calls for dark chocolate which is chock-full of magnesium. Research indicates that there is a strong link between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance associated with PCOS. Magnesium is required for proper glucose utilization and insulin signaling, which are impaired in people with insulin resistance.

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Nettle Crêpes with Raspberries

Don't worry about this dessert dish stinging you; the nettle in these crepes will only do you good. Young, cooked stinging nettle shoots are perfectly edible, and they are packed with PCOS fighting nutrients, including B complex vitamins, magnesium, and zinc. As a bonus, these delicious crepes, served with fresh raspberries, are loaded with antioxidant nutrients, which can give you a real health boost.

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Apple Slices with Cinnamon

This dessert is a cinch to prepare, and it contains only 95 calories! As apples have a low glycemic index (GI) rating, this dessert will also help reverse insulin resistance. Also cinnamon contains a bio-active component that may help fight insulin resistance.

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Weight Loss Muffins

Obesity and excess body weight have been associated with an increased risk of PCOS. These scrumptious muffins are packed with weight loss promoting fiber and protein, while being extremely low in fat.

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Low Glycemic Raspberry Muffins

This muffin recipe is a must-try for those who love muffins but are concerned about the high amount of simple carbohydrates in most muffins. This PCOS-fighting muffin recipe uses for low-glycemic ingredients, including soy flour, whole wheat flour, and raspberries. It also features cinnamon which helps further lower the glycemic index of these delicious anti-PCOS muffins.

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Chocolate Cake

Here's a wonderful dessert recipe for all chocolate-loving PCOS sufferers! This flourless chocolate cake recipe calls for black beans which are supercharged with magnesium. This is great news for women with PCOS as inadequate magnesium levels have been associated with insulin resistance. Also dark cocoa powder provides a rich source of magnesium.

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Quinoa Crepes with Applesauce

If you are looking to prevent or treat PCOS symptoms naturally through diet, it is best to choose low glycemic foods, such as these quinoa crepes, over high glycemic foods. High glycemic foods and meals break down quickly, causing rapid fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy, but high amounts of insulin can lead to insulin resistance and obesity, which may worsen PCOS symptoms.

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Low-Fat Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Not only does this divine dessert tempt your taste buds, it is also low in fat and processed sugar, which makes it a dieter's delight. In addition, this dish contains plenty of magnesium and zinc, both of which are thought to fight PCOS.

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Banana Cantaloupe Smoothie

The combination of buttermilk, banana and cantaloupe in this smoothie packs a powerful punch of all the B vitamins that are thought to be particularly important for women with PCOS. These include riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and pyridoxine (vitamin B6). In addition, this smoothie supplies a good amount of calcium.

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Want More Recipes?

For more recipes that help fight PCOS, please visit the main recipe directory of HealWithFood.org's Nutrition Guide to Fighting PCOS.