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There are several diabetics in my family and holidays are especially challenging. Does anyone have any good recipes that they can share? I have made chocolate chip cookies with brown sugar splenda, bu
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Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 5:46 AM EST
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There are several diabetics in my family and holidays are especially challenging. Does anyone have any good recipes that they can share? I have made chocolate chip cookies with brown sugar splenda, but they spread all over and many of them break before I can get them from the cookie sheet to the rack to cool.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 7:41 AM EST
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My husband has tried some of the diabetic recipes, but he did not have much better luck.  I do better to just cut the amount of sugar in a regular recipe.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 7:55 AM EST
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Keep looking, or e-mail, I found Sweet-n-Low brown sugar that bake the same as regular.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 8:06 AM EST
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Angela - I have a good friend I bake for frequently.   I use the standard chocolate chip recipe with sugar-free chips and  white and brown Splenda  and a cup of pecans.  
For a chocolate cookie I use the same recipe and add a scoop of dry cocoa.... enough to make the dough look chocolaty and use macadamia instead of pecans.
I don't have trouble with them spreading because when a recipe calls for (let's say) 1 1/2 cups flour, I use heaping measuring cups ... and I always let the dough set in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours or overnight.
I'm no expert or even trained, but I do love to bake good cookies.
Hope this helps.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 4:04 PM EST
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For the cookies that break trying to put them on a rack, bake them on parchment paper.  slide the sheet of parchment paper off the cookie sheet onto the wire rack and cool.  The cookies should slide right off once they are cooled. 

I have two cake recipes that should work for diabetics, both given to me by a friend who has a daughter that was diagnosed in the past 2 years.
Cake # 1:
1 cake mix, any flavor you want.
1 Can diet soda, any flavor that will go well with the cake mix.
Pre heat oven as directed on package.
Prepare pan as directed.  I happen to like using a Bundt pan because you can omit frosting and use a glaze.

In a large bowl pour cake mix, add can of diet soda and mix until well combined.
Pour into prepared pan.  Bake as directed.  Cool as directed.
NO oil, No eggs, just cake mix and a can of soda.

Cake #2:
1 Angel food Cake mix
1 Can crushed pineapple, in juice.
Pre heat oven as directed.
Prepare pan, use tube or Bundt pan.
In a large bowl combine cake mix and pineapple with juice. 
Bake as directed. 

Hope these help out.  Have not made the angel food cake one but the other is good.  A bit on the "crumbly" side but all in all pretty good.  I like Chocolate cake mix and Diet Dr. Pepper.  A friend made it with White cake mix and a peach soda.  I think a spice cake and ginger ale would be pretty good.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 4:51 PM EST
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I have a sister-in-law who is diabetic and it's always a challenge coming up with something she can eat too.  I have made sugar-free pumpkin pie in the past for her.  Everybody else ate it too and nobody knew that it wasn't the "real" thing.  I do worry though about the artificial sweeteners though,  so many reports on those not being good for you. 

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/10/2010 5:41 PM EST
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nikki - when I read your post I got very excited and ran to my cupboard to see what kind of cake mix I had.
I read the ingredients on three different flavors and all three list sugar at the largest one.
I don't know what to do.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/11/2010 8:41 AM EST
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One of the companies making cake mixes has come out with a sugar free one.  Not sure of the brand name.  I tend to not make a lot of things with the artificial sugar. 
I was just reading my paper last night and there was a whole article on sweeteners.
Do a search for The Chicago Tribune the section is called Good Eating the article is called Slicing Calories From Cake. 
They made a Basic Butter Cake and used Real sugar, Splenda, Splenda Sugar Blend, Organic Zero, and Stevia.
The results gave the top marks to real sugar after that it looked like the two best ones were Splenda Sugar Blend and Stevia. The photos of the cakes that were made it looks like the Splenda Sugar Blend rose a bit better than the Stevia.
I hope this helps a little and I hope you can find the article if you want to look at the reviews a bit more.
Sorry the recipes I passed along were not helpful.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/11/2010 11:48 AM EST
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i am diabetic and i just gave up on cookies i made chocolate chip cookies with splenda and they were ok but then you have the carbs. and store bought cookies sugar free has sugar alcohol in them and it can go right through you if you eat to many. like so many sugar free foods good luck

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/11/2010 1:57 PM EST
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Diabetic Gormet Magazine (http://diabeticgourmet.com/) has a lot of information on dibetic diets, recipies for all types of foods (a very large section on baking), and even tips and useful medical articles.  Just yesterday I saw the magazine in the grocery store that highlights cakes. Hope that helps!

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/13/2010 6:44 AM EST
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Thank you all!!! I cannot express my delight at all the responses. I hope that it helps others who must cook for diabetics and using less sugar in the recipes also must be a benefit to the rest of us who need to watch our weight.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 11/13/2010 8:58 AM EST
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I have been a Diabetic for over thirty five years,on a daily basis I do watch what I eat.There are only a handful of holidays during the year and I have discussed this with my Dr.,If you don't over do it you can enjoy an occassionnal goodie without beating yourself up.Just go back to your normal diet the next day.By dening yourself some times is more harmful than good and then you binge because of it.

Re: Baking for Diabetics

posted at 12/30/2010 1:32 PM EST
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And collecting points while learning what it takes to be healthier. When the meals are good they can be used to help all of us be healthier.

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