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Thanksgiving/Holiday Desserts that Are Diabetic Friendly

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Hi There, Pinehurst the Pest here.

DH is going to a football game tomorrow, and after I turn into a cleaning whirlwind, I'm going to start thinking about holiday menus. Thanksgiving was never too carby in our house, with the exception of parker house rolls and of course, pies.

Do you have any good tart/pie/etc ideas that aren't horrifically carb laden? And as always, because my DH is a picky eater, I have requests (sight).

No puddings/mousses.
No pumpkin, unless it's in bread or cake. He hates pumpkin pie. Blasphemy, I say.

Due to the size of my dining room table and because I just don't have the darn time, I am going to serve whatever dessert you recommend to all the guests (probably 6 or so), big and small.

THANK YOU

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  1. What *does* he like? That might be a shorter list! Does he like fruit crisps or crumbles? How about stocking up on all that rhubarb that's out there now, sweeten with an alternative, add some blackberries and top with a mixture of carbalose, or just almond meal and some chopped pecans, Diabetisweet Brown (the other brown subs taste bad) and butter. If he doesn't want mousse, but likes truffles/ganache, how about boule de neige? Also, I think chayote squash with sweetening and plenty of apple pie spice could make very good apple cobbler. I've seen, but don't have, recipes for almond flour pound cake. Cheesecake works great low carb, and pumpkin cheesecake is subtle but seasonal and really a nice texture. Almond flour mixed with ground ginger, sweetener and melted butter makes a great sub for ginger snap crust. Nigella Lawson has a great recipe for a damp apple or apple and almond cake, could probably be adapted. Also, if he has red wine with dinner (if not contraindicated) you'd be surprised how well it keeps post prandial bg down.

    1. Red wine is okay w/ dinner. Well, his two most traditional faves are apple pie and pecan pie....the latter being a sugar bomb and the former not really an alternative anymore. I'm thinking something like a cheesecake, which will taste decadent.

      I would be happy as a clam with a rhubarb/berry dessert or maybe a small cheese plate but I know he wants (bass drum and trumpets playing) DESSERT! in a big way.

      I should also look up the Lawson recipes. Thx as always mcf!

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      1. re: pinehurst

        Nigella makes a lot of very gooey, sweet stuff, all of it comfort food that's bad Bad BAD but so good, too. Don't forget The Low Carb Gourmet...maybe your library system has it? I've never tried it, but I think there are some low carb pecan pie recipes floating around, where you use SF syrup and other thickening, maybe gelatin? Here's one I saved in my archive but have never made... I have a feeling there may be a need for a better textured thickening agent:

        Low-Carb Pecan Pie Filling
        From Stringbeanz
        1 c. Xylitol
        ½ c. Steel's Honey (or this? http://www26.netrition.com/natures_ho...
        )¼ c. Davinci SF Vanilla Syrup
        Other Ingredients
        3 eggs
        ½ tsp. salt
        2 tbsp. butter, melted
        ½ c. heavy whipping cream
        1 c. pecan halves
        In a small mixer bowl beat eggs, xylitol, salt, butter, honey, and cream. Stir in vanilla syrup, then add the pecan halves.
        Pour into low-carb pie crust and bake for 30-45 minutes at 375° Fahrenheit, or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Cool on a rack.

        1. re: mcf

          I think I will do a test run of this pie this coming weekend. It would be a coup if it turned out well...DH would be over the moon. THANK YOU!

          1. re: pinehurst

            Ooh, please report on your result!

      2. Red wine is okay w/ dinner. Well, his two most traditional faves are apple pie and pecan pie....the latter being a sugar bomb and the former not really an alternative anymore. I'm thinking something like a cheesecake, which will taste decadent.

        I would be happy as a clam with a rhubarb/berry dessert or maybe a small cheese plate but I know he wants (bass drum and trumpets playing) DESSERT! in a big way.

        I should also look up the Lawson recipes. Thx as always mcf!

        1. http://www.cookingforseven.com/2010/0...
          http://www.marthastewart.com/314036/p...

          I came across these two recipes while browsing for Thanksgiving desserts. The flourless choc/cheesecake should suit if you can substitute the sugar with sweetener, and you might be able to pull inspiration from the choc-pumpkin brownies if you have a flourless/diabetic-friendly brownie recipe...

          1. Just posting that I had an unexpected visit from my nephew this weekend so I couldn't try the pecan pie recipe....it's on deck for next weekend though (barring unexpected company!)

            And it's good cold weather in the NE now...good for makin' pies!