When you have diabetes, it is easy to think that your favorite foods are on a “bad” list and you cannot enjoy them without damaging your health. While it is true that changes in your diet will help you lead a healthier life, there is still room to indulge in your favorite foods. With a few modifications, you can still eat cookies, cake, or your beloved peanut butter cups. When you learn how to make sugar-free desserts, you will start to see that you are not as restricted as you may have thought. They're also great to give to friends with diabetes for brownie gifts or diabetic cookies. Put your sweet tooth on hold for a few minutes while you learn to make diabetic brownies.
One hundred years ago, about one percent of the population had diabetes; today, one-third of us will have diabetes at some point in our lives. Many people with type 2 diabetes can reverse the condition by paying careful attention to their diets. Sugars can wreak havoc in the body of a diabetic and contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. While you can make “diabetic” brownies and other recipes, it is a good idea for everyone to watch their intake of sugar, white breads, rice, and pastas.
The main difference between regular brownies and diabetic brownies is the substitution of a sweetener for sugar. Many recipes call for white flour, but remember, white, bleached flour raises blood sugar, too. The following recipe, courtesy of InformationAboutDiabetes, eliminates sugar and calls for whole wheat flour, which is lower on the glycemic index, meaning it releases sugar more slowly than bleached flour.
Start by preheating your oven to 350° and lightly greasing your baking pan with a light coconut oil spray or calorie-free vegetable oil spray.
Combine the cocoa, oil, and bananas in a mixer or blender and puree until smooth. You can also blend by hand, if needed. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar substitute, eggs, flour, and the banana puree. Blend this and then stir in the chopped nuts.
Pour the batter into your lightly greased 9x13 inch pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes. One way to see if the brownies are done is to insert a toothpick into them. If they are done, the toothpick will come out clean. When the brownies are cool, cut them into small squares. If you want delicious, warm brownies, cut them with a plastic knife using sawing motions.
Making your own diabetic brownies is as easy as making a batch of regular brownies from a mix, and they are certainly healthier for you and your family. One caution: Sometimes, when we’re eating healthier foods, we tend to let our sense of portion control go. Don’t! Too much of a good thing is just too much. For this recipe, cut the brownies into 24 or 48 squares. If cut into 24 squares, each brownie will have 115 calories, 2 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fat, and 104 milligrams of sodium.
Living with diabetes can be challenging; enjoying your favorite foods doesn’t have to be.