A diabetes-friendly candied yams recipe exists, and ingredients include 6 medium yams, raisins, spices, brown sugar and a sugar substitute, according to Diabetic Connect. Water and margarine are needed as well. Recommended spices include cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
This recipe's nutritional facts are as follows: 81 calories, 3 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates and 63 milligrams of sodium. One serving is the equivalent of 1/4 cup and is equal to one starch, states Diabetic Connect. An alternate candied yams recipe for the diabetic diet, posted by CD Kitchen, recommends substituting vanilla for brown sugar and minimizing the spice list to nutmeg only.
Sweet potatoes, orange juice and sugar-free maple syrup, instead of brown sugar, are the only ingredients needed for the diabetic version of the candied sweet potatoes recipe by Just A Pinch. This recipe also notes that, rather than making a glaze, a chef can drizzle fresh-squeezed orange juice and syrup over the steamed sweet potatoes prior to baking.
Beans, citrus fruits, berries, sweet potatoes and dark, leafy green vegetables are among the list of diabetic superfoods, according to the American Diabetes Association. While yams are not on the list, sweet potatoes are a healthy substitution and can be candied in a similar fashion.