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Mar 13, 2009 10:30 AM

Diabetic dessert help

Next weekend my husband is inviting his model train buddies over to help work on his train layout. I'm in charge of lunch and dinner for them. It'll be four guys, plus me! Two of them are diabetic, so I want to serve a dessert that everyone will like, and it will be ok for the two diabetic guys. What do you suggest?

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  1. The best go-to dessert in this situation is Angel Food cake. Everyone loves it and it's a great dessert for a diabetic. Serve plain with a berry-sauce on the side.

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    1. re: masha

      Angel food cake for a diabetic? Really? It's very low fat, but it has a ton of sugar, and because it has no fat, the sugar will be absorbed really quickly.

      Nuts are really good for diabetics -- they're low in carbs and have protein and "good fats." There are various desserts that are based on a combination of eggs or egg whites and ground nuts.

      I agree with chowser, though -- there's no "one-size-fits-all" food regimen for diabetics, and it would be a shame to go to a lot of trouble for something they can't eat.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I've got 3 Type-1 diabetics in our family and it is the one we do most often. Angel Food cake was on the approved list of desserts from the dieticians who were assisting us when our son was first diagnosed. It is a very healthful dessert from the standpoint of cardiovascular health, which is important for diabetics.
        As Type 1's they of course each take insulin so they can up their dosage of insulin to accomodate the increased carbs. For Type 2 diabetics who control their blood sugar levels solely through diet and exercise perhaps not.
        Which leads to the same advice to the OP that you and Chowser suggest. You should probably ask the guest.

        1. re: masha

          And agree, my aunt was type 2, borderline type 1. I think I forgot to mention I did agree with angel food which is always good. But I did find many recipes for type 1 or 2 that were allowed including some of the recipes I gave.

          You should ask what they like and what they can have.

          1. re: masha

            Right. My sister is a Type I, and she can balance her carb intake with her insulin, but for a Type 2, I wouldn't think it would be particularly good.

            I guess we can all agree that it really depends on the individual and their particular health needs.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Exactly--and a lot of type 2's have to watch their weight and potential for heart disease, hence watching fats, esp sat fats.

              I don't know if you could make an angel food cake with splenda, but if you could, that might not be a bad dessert. It's non fat, low flour. I don't know if the properties of sugar are needed for it. I've tried making splenda brownies and they were terrible.

              1. re: chowser

                You know, I didn't consider what kind of diabetic they are. One is type 1, the other type 2. I will ask what they can eat, since I want to be as accomodating as possible.

      2. I'd go with a baked sliced fruit topped with a rolled oat based streusel. You can use splenda and agave nectar to sweeten.

        1. My aunt was diabetic. Her favorite was baked apples, easy and simple. I would cover with oj, some cinnimon and stuff with some natural granola, raisins and nuts. Top with some natural cream or frozen yogurt. Very healthy and great.

          Chocolate cake topped with a orange liquior and a variety of mandarine oranges and raspberries and strawberries.

          There a host of diabetic brownie recipes with ice cream.

          I use a low sugar ice cream. melt it, add some fresh pistachios, fresh fruit and almost biscotti and mix and re freeze. Top with a couple cookies and some of the fresh fruit. A very simple dish.

          1. Diabetics, while having to avoid carbohydrates, have different needs. Some need to avoid fats, esp. sat fats, but not all. For my father, I've made a custard pie w/ splenda instead of sugar and everyone liked that. I've done nut cookies like russian tea cakes/pecan dainties but they have processed flour, another refined carb. You can also do panna cotta. You can also do cheese platter. But, those dishes have saturated fats. Vegan nut cookies would be a way to avoid sat fats. And, even though fruit is healthful for the average person, they also are filled with simple sugars and diabetics have to be careful of that. My fagher is very limited on how much fruit he can eat. It might be a good idea to find out what they need to avoid, before making a special dessert that they can't enjoy.

            1. The very best go to desserts for diabetics are cheesecakes sweetened with either xylitol or liquid sucralose or Isomalt or combination of the three, or flourless chocolate cakes, custards, etc. Avoiding flour/starches and using natural sugar alcohols is how I make diabetic desserts. If flour is necessary, I use carbalose flour that I buy online.

              I made this recipe with Meyer lemons yesterday and it can be done without a crust. It's to die for. You want it in the fridge overnight before serving:

              I'm able to keep my blood glucose and lipids in healthy normal range without medications by eating very low carb, higher fat after many years of type 2 diabetes.

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              1. re: mcf

                I make the Moosewood Dessert Cookbook walnut meringues. I'm almost sure I posted it here somewhere. Will check.

                I also make combo non/low fat yogurt sorbet with either a small amount no sugar (but flavoring such as orange juice and peel, etc.). People can sprinkle sugar or sweetener on them

                1. re: mcf

                  I checked out the lemon cheesecake recipe, and it's going to be my starting point, it that's acceptable to them. It looks delicious, and lemon is one of my favorite flavors!

                  1. re: heidip732

                    I just made it a second time. Only thing is that I reduced the filling sweetener combination to a total of 1 cup, and it's still a tad sweet for my tastes, but YMMV. I just want to add that no diabetic should be eating much starch or sugar, or restricting fats, which help to keep bg down. Even type 1, though they can control bg with extra insulin, are risking the cellular damage that high insulin boluses cause, whether endogenous or exogenous. The ADA approved diet is a license to kill, with it's emphasis on pushing starches and sugars, but I digress...