Enjoy some of our favorite desserts which fit nicely into a balanced and healthy diabetic diet.
May 21, 2013
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Sweets in a Diabetic Diet
A healthy diabetic diet is all about balance. As long as moderation is taken into account, a small amount of sugar is accounted for in the total amount of carbohydrates in your diet. As a general rule, diabetics should try to cut down on foods and drinks that have large amounts of sugar because they can make blood sugar control and weight control more difficult.
First up is our Browned Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Butter moves from nutty and brown to bitter and burned quickly, so be sure to take the pan off the heat once it turns amber-brown. To keep cookies from spreading, make sure the cookie sheet is completely cool before starting the next batch.
This pudding isn't just delicious, it's easy to make, too. Tip: Tossing the bananas with lemon juice is more about preserving color and texture rather than enhancing flavor. When coated with lemon juice, the bananas will keep from turning brown as quickly.
You can mix these incredibly easy fudge cookies right in the saucepan. When freshly baked, these thin cookies have crisp edges and chewy centers. You can make them with either Dutch process or natural unsweetened cocoa powder; we opted for the latter.
We love these thick, satisfying cookies. They're as humble as peanut butter cookies but not as crumbly. Dried cranberries provide a slightly tart counterpoint to the macadamia nuts' richness. The dough is somewhat sticky; chilling it briefly makes handling easier.
Our version of this quick dessert uses shaved bittersweet chocolate for added richness. Look for amaretti cookies at specialty or gourmet markets; they have a distinct almond-amaretto flavor and crunchy texture that make this dish memorable. In a pinch, you can substitute crumbled almond biscotti.
For this simple dessert, top tangy-sweet orange slices with homemade caramel-and-cardamom syrup; finish off with a dollop of Greek yogurt flavored with honey and orange-flower water, which can be found in gourmet markets or Middle Eastern grocery stores.
This moist cake offers a triple punch of orange flavor: juice, marmalade, and liqueur. Wrap cooled, unglazed cake in plastic wrap to freeze. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, glaze, and serve. Garnish with fresh raspberries or strawberries, mint, and grated orange rind, if desired.