Well, I'm back. I know it's been torture to have me gone...well for me anyway. I missed blogging terribly and realized what a void it fills in my soul. I have finally found a way to touch lives and bring joy and love to many new and wonderful friends. I just want to say thank you to so many who have sent their love and encouragement to me the last week as we have been going through this life change. Taking on a new challenge has been exciting as well as difficult. There is a part of me...as small part...that wants things to remain as they always have. The other part of me is jumping at and chomping at the bit. I'm feeling so much love and support from God and so many on Earth. Thank you all! I stopped twitching from all the life change-anxiety and am starting to feel a semblance of normal. So...in an effort to not go completely insane...
I want to share the first dessert I made for my diabetic mother in law. Hence forth known as Granny. If I refer to Granny and you don't know who that is, just know she is crazy, zany fun. I love her. She cusses a little...and keeps me laughing. A very strong woman. After the dust settled and my new kitchen was a bit organized, I started in. I think one of the biggest challenges for a diabetic (and I have a dear sister and mother in law who tell me this...) is finding something to satisfy the sweet tooth without having to shoot up on insulin. As fun as insulin shooting is, I can well imagine that it gets old. I wanted to find a few things that would help with the blood sugar levels as well as give a satisfying sweetness. Baked domestic fruit has been helpful. By domestic fruit, I mean apples, pears, peaches, apricots. Here's a website that has been a great resource.http://www.glycemicindex.com/ I'm not claiming to be an expert, I just have seen some good results so far.
For the baked Spiced Peaches I simply peeled 3 fresh peaches and sprinkled 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg over the fruit. No added sugar. I baked them in a shallow casserole dish for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. While they baked I made some spiced nuts and sugar free Chocolate raspberry sauce.
For spiced nuts:
1 cup Walnuts, Pecans or Almonds (I used almonds)
1/2 tsp rum extract
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp sugar or Splenda
melt all together in a heavy skillet until the butter is melted and the nuts are coated. Remove from the heat. Toss into the pan:
1 T sugar or Splenda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
Allow to cool.
Chocolate Raspberry Sauce
1/4 cups sugar free seedless raspberry jam
1T unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 T orange juice
In a small microwave safe dish, heat all ingredients until jam is melted, about 1 minute. Stir well.
Remove 1/2 cooked peach from the baking dish and place in a bowl. Drizzle with 1T chocolate sauce and 2T nuts.
1/2 peach, 8.5 carbs Og fat
Chocolate sauce1T, 4g carbs Og fat
5 almonds 3 gr fat 2 carbs
There you go.