People with diabetes deal with many myths. One of them is that sugar causes diabetes. This is not true for Type 1 diabetes. For those with Type 2 diabetes, obesity is a contributing factor to its development. However, the calories that lead to obesity can come from any source. The only link that research has confirmed with regards to sugar, is consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas and pop.
When you think about your blood glucose, some types of carbohydrates affect the speed of blood glucose rising. But you should be watching your total amount of carbohydrates in a meal as opposed to the type of carbohydrates. This is why carbohydrate counting and making exchanges are important. Please check the posts Be Confident: Face Carb Counting Positively and Carbohydrates: Why We Love Carb Counting (And You Should Too!) to learn more about how to exchange carbs. Then, use the recipe below. Remember between 45 and 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal is right for most people with diabetes.
Below is a guest post by Holly Clegg for gluten free and “diabetes-friendly” cookies.
By Holly Clegg
Peanut Butter Cookies
My Favorite Cookie from KITCHEN 101 Cookbook
Do you have a sweet tooth, but with a diabetes diagnosis you think you can’t have dessert? When eaten as a part of a healthy meal plan, sweets and desserts can definitely be enjoyed by people with diabetes.
Portion control, moderate sugar, and low fat are not just guidelines for people with diabetes to keep in mind, but for everyone’s health, as it really is the healthiest way to eat. My favorite Peanut Butter Cookie from my cookbook, KITCHEN 101, actually is “diabetic-friendly” and gluten-free. Besides being the best Peanut Butter Cookie, it is the easiest!
Yes, these simple ingredients create a dynamite peanut butter cookie!
Dynamite Peanut Butter Cookies
MAKES 30 cookies
PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 10 minutes
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, and baking soda until well combined. Stir in peanuts.
3. Place dough by teaspoonfuls on nonstick baking sheet and press down with a fork to form ridges. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 73, Calories from Fat 57%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 59mg, Carbohydrates 6g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 4g, Protein 3g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat