3 Easy to make desserts the are diabetes-friendly

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The Hughes family above

I was approached by Barbara of the Village Bakery, which looks like a really great cooking resource. Barbara and Joe Hughes started the Village Bakery in 2011 to share their knowledge of home-style cooking, tips, techniques, and recipes. The site has since grown into a very large, engaged, and sharing community.

Barbara asked if she could share a few desert recipes with my readers. “Why not,” I said.

So read on and find a few recipes you may want to add to your special dessert nights.

From Barbara: We are truly caring of those who would benefit from diabetes-friendly foods. We know this can be a part of how people take back their health and manage their condition, naturally. As you know, one of the best ways to help regulate your blood sugar is to limit the amount of carbs that you eat. When you control the amount of carbs, you tend to have more stable blood sugar.

So below are three delicious cake recipes that are low in carbs. Take a look and then think how you can incorporate these healthier desserts into your meal plan and still satisfy your sweet tooth.

Angel Food Cake

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Nothing beats the fluffiness and tenderness of angel food cake. Here is a super easy way to make angel food cake with fruit topping that will be kind to your diet.

What you need:

  • 2 Sugar Free Angel Food Cakes
  • 1 quart of Strawberries
  • 1 large container of Cool Whipped topping
  • 2 Packets of Sugar Free Strawberry Jell-O

Prepare the Jell-O in advance and slice strawberries according to preference. Layer the cake with strawberries and Jell-O. Garnish with whipped topping.

Coconut Cake

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Coconut is a favorite for many sweet lovers. Here’s a recipe for a simple coconut cake.

What you need:

  • 8 oz Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Coconut Butter
  • 4 tbsp. Raw Cacao Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Raw Agave Nectar or Raw Honey
  • 1 Whole Banana (optional) – mashed
  • 3-4 Strawberries, sliced

Mix warmed banana with softened coconut oil. Add in cacao powder, agave nectar and remaining banana. Cover bowl and place in fridge to cool for 2 hours. Cut out chunks and place in serving cups/bowls. Garnish with strawberries or fruit of choice.

Easy Carrot Cake

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Carrot cake is a timeless classic and people with diabetes can enjoy it too. Here’s a delicious recipe for an easy carrot cake.

What you need:

  • 1 ½ cup Flour
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 Tbsp of Nonfat Dry Milk Powder.
  • ¾ cup Sugar Substitute
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Ground Allspice
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¾ cup Egg Substitute
  • ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ Canola Oil
  • 1 large Egg White
  • ⅛ tsp. Salt
  • 1 ½ cup finely Grated Carrots
  • 1 can Unsweetened Crushed Pineapple
  • 1 container Cool Whip Nonfat, Sugar-Free Whipped Topping
  • ¼ cup finely Chopped Pecans

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take all your dry ingredients and sift them thoroughly. Then, add in your wet ingredients and mix them at a low speed. Fold in the remaining walnuts, pineapple and carrots. Spray the inside of a cake pan and pour the batter. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick or fork comes out clean. Top with whipped topping.

Desserts aren’t out of the question for people with diabetes, they just need to be taken into account when you look at your carbohydrates for the day.

We’re grateful Riva gave us the opportunity to share what we love with you. For additional resources to learn more about taking care of your diabetes we can’t recommend Riva’s books highly enough.


What severe hypoglycemia looks and feels like, it happened to me

I was visiting a friend for the weekend at her beach house when in the evening my blood sugar dropped like a stone. Funny thing is, it’s the first time my friends told me, and I was aware, it looked like I was drunk.

That’s how severe hypoglycemia can make you look. I posted the story today on the HuffPost-

It was 10 PM and I was weaving on the boardwalk. “Are you okay? Are you okay,” my acquaintance Susan asked several times. I couldn’t respond. My brain wasn’t working. Like a firefly it was flitting on, off, on, off, refusing to hold its light…

For the full story, click here.