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« on: July 21, 2007 05:56:54 PM »

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So I just moved to a new neighborhood a few weeks ago, and one of my neighbors is a very friendly, very bored elderly gentleman.  I'm going to visit with him on Thursday, and I'd like to bring a dessert of some kind.  He's got a lot of health problems, and I think he may be diabetic, though I'm not sure.  But I really don't like artificial sweeteners, not even Splenda.  Does anyone have any good recipes that are diabetic-friendly but don't use artificial sweeteners?  I've Googled and found a few things but y'all always come up with great stuff!
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007 07:26:32 AM »

Here's an easy one, I take ritz crackers, and make little peanut butter sandwiches with them. (That's great alone, but it gets better!) Melt some dark unsweetened chocolate over a double boiler and dip the sandwiches.  Place in fridge until solid. 
Very yummy, I make these all the time!

Make sure you check the peanut butter, sometimes they add sugar, but you can easily make your own by throwing peanuts and a bit of peanut or vegetable oil in a blender.  Takes about a minute and it's soooo tasty!
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007 05:46:02 PM »

You can also use stevia. It's a root (i think it's a root, I know it's some sort of plant) that's actually sweeter than sugar and all natural, and not only is it safe for diabetics, it's actually GOOD for diabetics! I am not sure if you can cook with it but it's worth researching.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2007 06:07:10 PM »

You can also replace sugar with fructose (fruit sugar) or agave syrup.  Both are sweeter than sugar so you use less.  Best thing is both have a low GI which means they have a low effect Blood Glucose Levels unlike sugar or glucose.   

It really depends on what the sugar does for the recipe.  In some things (like cakes and cookies) sugar also adds volumne to the batter/ dough particularliy the dry ingredients.  In that case I would use Fructose.  It is granulated and looks like refined white sugar anyway.

Something like muffins you could use agave syrup as muffins are much more forgiving when you substitute ingredients.

Try also replaceing white refined flour with wholemeal (whole grain) flour.  Wholemeal flour is slighty better than white flour in regards to effects on blood glucose.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2007 05:58:45 PM »

Here's an easy one, I take ritz crackers, and make little peanut butter sandwiches with them. (That's great alone, but it gets better!) Melt some dark unsweetened chocolate over a double boiler and dip the sandwiches.  Place in fridge until solid. 
Very yummy, I make these all the time!

Make sure you check the peanut butter, sometimes they add sugar, but you can easily make your own by throwing peanuts and a bit of peanut or vegetable oil in a blender.  Takes about a minute and it's soooo tasty!

DELICIOUS! Thank you so much, my grandma is right on the cusp of having diabetes and watches her diet, and these have become our new favorite tv time snack!
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2007 03:09:52 AM »

DELICIOUS! Thank you so much, my grandma is right on the cusp of having diabetes and watches her diet, and these have become our new favorite tv time snack!

Yeah, those are totally addictive!  Smiley
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