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       Volume I - May 14, 2010

No More Blood Sugar Blues
"Legal" and Tasty Desserts

by Alice Osborne

Do you have any idea how hard it is to write food articles—especially dessert articles—when you struggle with blood sugar issues? Just run me over with a truck, that’s fun, too! Well, all whining aside, thank goodness there are some websites and cookbooks out there that are on OUR side!

I thought since I included some great cookie and candy recipes, etc., in my other articles this time around, I ought to see what we glucose-challenged folks could do with this dessert issue. Here are a few recipes you might want to try that I found in an old cookbook titled Thank Heaven for Homemade Cooks. Aside from the cute title, this book’s low-sugar recipes look good!

Apple Raisin Cakes
Small is a good thing to aim for when there’s a blood sugar issue goin’ on. These delectable little cakes are just right—they taste good and they’re a perfect size.

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, cinnamon, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla, and raisins. Form small cakes out of the batter. Heat a nonstick griddle over medium heat, fry the cakes until both sides are browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Amount Per Serving Calories: 205 | Total Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 71mg

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Blueberry Bake
(can substitute black berries as well)

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). To Make Biscuit Topping: In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix well then stir in buttermilk just until all ingredients are moistened and dough forms a ball. Set aside.
To Make Berry Filling: In a large saucepan combine honey, 1 tablespoon sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, water, and lemon juice. Mix until smooth, then add berries. Simmer over medium heat, stirring gently, until thickened (about 10 minutes). Spoon berry mixture into an 8x11 inch nonstick casserole dish. Drop biscuit dough onto berry mixture by tablespoonfuls. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until biscuits are lightly browned.

Nutritional Information: Amount Per Serving Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: < 1mg

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Tropical Mango Mousse

2 mangos - peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 banana
2/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
6 cubes ice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a blender combine mangoes, bananas, yogurt, honey, ice cubes, and vanilla extract until smooth. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Pour into individual dishes and serve.

Nutritional Information: Amount Per Serving Calories: 87 | Total Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: < 1mg


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