Being a diabetic, I have to really watch my sugar consumption. This means I can’t enjoy the desserts I so love. I can occasionally indulge, however.
Special low-sugar desserts are the answer. Most are prepared with applesauce or bananas to replace part of the sugar.
Several of my favorites follow. They are special because they are delicious, convenient to prepare, and have far less sugar than their regular counterparts.
Microwave Fudge Mug Cakes
These are portion-controlled
¼ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ cup milk chocolate chips
¼ cup 2% milk
¼ cup apple sauce
½ tsp vanilla
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large egg
4 tsp of sugar
Microwave chocolate morsels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl for approximately 1 minute, stirring every few seconds until melted.
Mix in the applesauce, vanilla, cocoa powder, sugar.
Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Beat in egg.
Spray a large microwave-safe mug with cooking spray. Pour batter into the mug and set on a plate to catch overflow. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Cool and enjoy.
Garnishes: Fresh fruit, sprinkling of powdered sugar, low-cal chocolate syrup.
Variations: Drop a tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut syrup on top of the middle before baking. For a cream-filled cake, drop a tablespoon of marshmallow cream on top before baking (or push one large marshmallow into the middle of the batter).
Another favorite recipe:
Filling and healthy
Oatmeal Apple Cookies
½ cup sugar
½ cup sweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
1 cups oatmeal (any type)
1 cup chopped apples
Cream sugar and applesauce, beat in eggs. Combine 1/2 of oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in remaining oats and add apples.
Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment-paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 mins.
Modifications: Add raisins or grated carrots. Lightly ice with a thin cream cheese glaze or sprinkle with powdered sugar. These will add extra sugar and calories.
Third, but definitely not least, is a very simple, 2-ingredient recipe with low sugar content.
Mock Ice Cream Sandwich
1 rectangle graham cracker-honey, plain, or chocolate
2 TBS Cool Whip Free
Spread cool chip on one half of graham cracker. Top with the other half. Place in freezer until frozen. I make a lot at a time and keep a bag of them in the freezer.
Add a chopped maraschino cherry to Cool Whip.
Add candy sprinkles around outside edges of Cool Whip.
Pour a teaspoon of fudge or caramel sauce over the graham cracker before freezing.