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SparklePony
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Registered on: ‎12-24-2013

Dessert recipes without artificial sweeteners

Does anyone have good dessert recipes to share, that don't have artificial sweeteners in them?  They don't have to be super sweet, but I can't eat artifiical sweeteners -- or chocolate for that matter -- because they give me headaches.

 

Are xylitol and agave nectar really okay for diabetics?  I don't like the taste of stevia.

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marty1955
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Registered on: ‎05-12-2013

Re: Dessert recipes without artificial sweeteners


SparklePony wrote:

Does anyone have good dessert recipes to share, that don't have artificial sweeteners in them?  They don't have to be super sweet, but I can't eat artifiical sweeteners -- or chocolate for that matter -- because they give me headaches.

 

Are xylitol and agave nectar really okay for diabetics?  I don't like the taste of stevia.


Here is a link to a topic on the board which discusses all types of sweeteners, real and artificial http://community.diabetes.org/t5/Eating-Right-with-Diabetes/Natural-and-Artificial-Sweeteners/td-p/4....  There are links within the links and some have recipes.  Xylitol is ok, but since I have 5 dogs, there is no way I will have it in my house...extremely poisinous to pets.  I hate stevia too.  Flour can be the worst offender in desserts....not just the sugar.  Read about the Swerve sweetener that Jax recommends....you might be interested in that.  It may be the sugar alcohols that cause the problem with your use of artificial sweeteners. 

TikTok one of our members here uses only real sugar for her baking and I know she will be glad to share some recipes with you.  I can't tolerate the higher carbs, but by eating smaller amounts of something made with real sugar you should be fine. 

"The road to success is always under construction."
- Lily Tomlin

01/2013 - diagnosed with T2 and hypothyroidism
A1c - 7.2
04/16/2013 - A1c 6.1
07/24/2013 - A1c 5.8 (bayernow)
09/21/2013 - A1c 5.6 (bayernow)
10/10/2013 - A1c 5.7
04/30/2014 - A1c 5.5
12/10/2014 - A1c 5.4
500 mg Metformin/1 per day
Low Carb
Beginning weight - 183
08/27/2013 - 143
10/03/2013 - 141
12/05/2013 - 138
12/10/2014 - 144
Blood Pressure 12/05/2013 - 118/60
Blood Pressure 02/2014 - 106/54 (too low, medication cut to maintenance dose)
Blood Pressure 04/29/2014 - 110/65
Blood Pressure 12/10/2014 - 105/72
T2 paternal grandmother, father, two sisters, my deceased husband, and my ex husband

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marty1955
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Registered on: ‎05-12-2013

Re: Dessert recipes without artificial sweeteners

This is a wonderful site....I use her recipes for the gluten-free, but usually change the sugar or honey amounts to splenda.  It is all Paleo based and she has lots of desserts that I believe you might like....http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-recipes/desserts/.  Also, almost any of the recipes we have here under muffins, cookies, and cupcakes could be altered as well...if splenda is called for you just add back the same amount of sugar....or you could cut-it down by 1/2 the amount if you like.  

"The road to success is always under construction."
- Lily Tomlin

01/2013 - diagnosed with T2 and hypothyroidism
A1c - 7.2
04/16/2013 - A1c 6.1
07/24/2013 - A1c 5.8 (bayernow)
09/21/2013 - A1c 5.6 (bayernow)
10/10/2013 - A1c 5.7
04/30/2014 - A1c 5.5
12/10/2014 - A1c 5.4
500 mg Metformin/1 per day
Low Carb
Beginning weight - 183
08/27/2013 - 143
10/03/2013 - 141
12/05/2013 - 138
12/10/2014 - 144
Blood Pressure 12/05/2013 - 118/60
Blood Pressure 02/2014 - 106/54 (too low, medication cut to maintenance dose)
Blood Pressure 04/29/2014 - 110/65
Blood Pressure 12/10/2014 - 105/72
T2 paternal grandmother, father, two sisters, my deceased husband, and my ex husband

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TikTok2
Total Posts: 2,240
Registered on: ‎05-13-2013

Re: Dessert recipes without artificial sweeteners

A fruit crisp is pretty low in sugar, the way I've modified it over the years:

 

I use mixed berries or blueberries as they are a low sugar fruit

 

I use hazelnut or almond flour instead of flour 

 

I use some unsweetened coconut

 

I use olive oil instead of butter

 

I use gluten free oats

 

I use 1/2 the sugar that most recipes call for

 

 

I also make amaretti cookies (ground roasted almonds, egg whites, vanilla and almond extract, sugar)....no flour, all that fat and protein from the nuts offsets the sugar very well.

 

 

And then there is always fruit.  I love fruit, all by itself. 

 

 

TikTok2

• Diabetes on both sides of my family.
• Assumed trouble metabolizing sugar as long as I can remember; migraines induced by hunger, very sleepy after meals high in carbohydrates from childhood. Learned how to avoid sugar and lots of complex carbs early on.
• Since early 2000s, "prediabetes" controlled through low carb diet and exercise, mostly walking. FBG 95-105, A1c below 6; glucose tolerance test was borderline.
• But weight drifted upwards but working on it.
• NAFLD brought under control with pravastatin.
• Metformin ER, 500 mg, started sept 2013 when A1c reached 6.5 despite diet and exercise regiment since early 2000s. A1c back down to ~6.0.
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TikTok2
Total Posts: 2,240
Registered on: ‎05-13-2013

Re: Dessert recipes without artificial sweeteners

Too, this cookbook which I've bought, looks promising:

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gluten-Free-Almond-Flour-Cookbook/dp/158761345X

 

Its gluten free, soy free, dairy free, largely.

 

Most recipes use almond flour, nut milk, agave nectar, grapeseed oil (I still need to get grapeseed oil from our local food co-op as our grocery store doesn't carry it).

TikTok2

• Diabetes on both sides of my family.
• Assumed trouble metabolizing sugar as long as I can remember; migraines induced by hunger, very sleepy after meals high in carbohydrates from childhood. Learned how to avoid sugar and lots of complex carbs early on.
• Since early 2000s, "prediabetes" controlled through low carb diet and exercise, mostly walking. FBG 95-105, A1c below 6; glucose tolerance test was borderline.
• But weight drifted upwards but working on it.
• NAFLD brought under control with pravastatin.
• Metformin ER, 500 mg, started sept 2013 when A1c reached 6.5 despite diet and exercise regiment since early 2000s. A1c back down to ~6.0.