Alternative to Chocolate {Renal and Diabetic Friendly Version}

Chocolate in the renal diet is the one thing that people really miss. What are the alternative to chocolate?

Luckily, there are several healthy alternatives to chocolates that can satisfy your sweet cravings while STILL providing nutritional benefits. 

I promise you, although these ideas are NOT CHOCOLATE, they are satisfying and fulfilling and provide you with other nutrition benefits. Add them to your grocery list!


My TOP 5 chocolate-less desserts are:

  • Macadamia nut butter.
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Fruit Pies
  • Snickerdoodle

I will include the Amazon links to my chocolate-less recommendations below for purchase.

(As an Amazon Associate, I earn commission from qualifying purchases with no additional cost for you). I only recommend products that I would personally use and recommend only to my family and friends.

Macadamia Nut Butter

The only nuts that have no oxalates, good for those who have suffered from kidney stones.

To satisfy that subtle crunch you find in chocolate, I often recommend baking your own dessert using macadamia nut butter. 

Macadamia nut butter has that similar “melty” effect as they have in chocolate. 

Whether you can use them in cookies or as a protein bite, this nut butter gives that thick, sticky, richness taste. Macadamia Nut Butter promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol effect, PLUS it has anti-inflammatory function. 

You can buy macadamia nut butter ready online on Amazon or Whole Foods. Even better, you can make them your own using 4 simple ingredients: macadamia nuts, salt, maple syrup, and oil. 

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Macadamia Nut butter Amazon link: CLICK HERE

Nutrition Facts: This one has Thiamin (B1), Manganese, Dietary Fiber, copper, Omega3, folic acid, calcium, magnesium , Iron and Potassium (does not list how much potassium in the actual Nutrition Facts)

Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs is a healthy treat made from cacao beans with that bitter, “chocolatey” flavor. They are HIGH in PROTEIN and FIBER and LOW IN SUGAR. 

You can make your own brownie using cacao nibs in replace of chocolates, or enjoy them in ready to eat treats. Some of my favorite Cacao nibs snacks are Tart Cherry Cacao Nib Almond Crisp from Amazon.

Nutrition Facts: 3g Protein, 170mg Sodium, 60mg Calcium, 101mg Iron, 70mg Potassium

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To Buy Tart Cherry Cacao Nib Almond Crisp: CLICK HERE

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are easy, versatile and fun to make. Read nutrition labels and ingredients for healthy sugar cookies that are ready to eat. 

Made from gluten-free flour, my favorite sugar cookie is from Made Good brand Vanilla Cookies. It has low potassium, and no added Phosphorus additives. Link below.

 You can also bake your own sugar cookies using naturally sweetened coconut sugar or Agave or maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts: 85mg Sodium, 10mg Calcium, 20mg Potassium, enriched with Iron, and B vitamins (Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1)

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To Buy MadeGood Vanilla Sugar Cookies: Click Here

Fruit Pies

Best fruit pies that resemble chocolate are apple pecan fruit pies. Not only is an apple good for you (one apple a day keeps the doctor away! )

Apples are low glycemic, meaning they do not shoot up your blood sugar, are rich in fiber, and naturally sweet. Combo that with pecan; rich in fiber, zinc and B-complex, apple pecan fruit pie is the ultimate chocolate-less dessert.

Check out this recipe from “Crazy For Crust” that is simple and low in potassium.


Famous simple snickerdoodle cookie is made out of flour, cinnamon sugar, salt, and some type of fat like coconut oil, olive oil, or butter. 

Cinnamon sugar is healthier than refined sugar. The fact that cinnamon has been used thousands of years ago as spices, they are a natural antioxidant, help in regulating your blood sugar and help to fight against infection.

These snickerdoodle cookies made from Quest tasted great and has low net carbs. Just Perfect!

Nutrition Facts: 15g Protein, 4g Net Carbs, < 1g Sugars, 11g Dietary Fiber, 250 Calories, 16g Fat

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Buy Quest Snickerdoodle Cookies: CLICK HERE

There it is! My TOP 5 healthy chocolate-less recommendations. These tasty and enjoyable treats should be included in your sweet daily lives. 

I also recommend them for your upcoming Valentine Day treats. 

Remember, moderation is key even with healthier alternatives. It’s essential to balance your diet and enjoy treats in moderation as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Always consult with your healthcare team or a registered dietitian before making significant changes to your diet, especially if you have kidney issues or are on a renal diet. They can provide personalized guidance based on your specific health status and dietary requirements.

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