Bake Better Brownies

Consuming too much sugar is considered by some to be the ultimate marker for developing adult-onset, or type 2, diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), though, being overweight is the biggest risk factor. However, you can still bake a cake and eat it too if you have diabetes.

Desserts and diabetes: The best diabetes-friendly sweets

Certain ingredients have the power to transform traditional sweets into suitable substitutes. Not only will your sweets still taste great, they may even be good for you.

Portion control is the second part of the equation. A little bit of something delicious can go a long way.

Sugar-Free Stevia Brownies

Sugar-Free Stevia brownie
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Source: Sweet as Honey
URL: http://www.sweetashoney.co.nz/

These sugar-free brownies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sweetened with stevia. The Center for the Science in the Public Interest reports that small amounts of stevia are probably safe. The recipe also calls for protein-rich oat flour. You can make this ingredient inexpensively at home by pulsing dry rolled oats in your food processor, blender, or clean coffee bean grinder. For an extra protein and fiber kick, try adding your favorite nuts.

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Single-Serving Brownie

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Source: Southern in Law
URL: http://www.southerninlaw.com/

Unsweetened applesauce takes center stage in this gluten-free, grain-free, low-fat, vegan recipe. The single serving size is perfect for portion control. It is sweetened with a small amount of maple syrup. Plus, you can make this recipe in the microwave if you need a quick treat.

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Black Bean Brownies

Beans are one of the ADA’s top 10 diabetic super foods, and they take center stage in this delicious recipe. The best part is that you’d never guess this dessert contains a heaping helping of black beans. The result is a fudgy treat with almost 4 grams of protein and only 12.3 net carbs per serving.

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Sweet Potato Brownies

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Source: The Healthy Foodie
URL: http://thehealthyfoodie.com/

These brownies help you to get your chocolate fix while providing a good dose of nutrition via sweet potato and avocado. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and are an excellent source of fiber, and avocados are a source of heart-healthy fats. The recipe is sweetened with homemade date paste, which contains a good mix of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

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Source: Preheat to 350°
URL: http://www.preheatto350.com

Peanut butter gives these easy-to-make one-bowl brownies some extra flair and protein to boot. If you don’t have almond meal on hand, try grinding raw almonds in your food processor until they’re like flour. This is a high-fat recipe since it includes butter, coconut oil, almonds, and eggs, so a small portion is highly recommended. The risk of heart disease among people with diabetes is doubled (and may even be as high as quadrupled), so moderation is key.

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Zucchini Fudge Brownies

zucchini fudge brownies
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Source: Chocolate Covered Katie
URL: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

You can use zucchini straight from your garden to bake these veggie brownies. Coconut flour is on the shelves at most grocery stores these days. It is rich in dietary fiber, packed with protein and good fats, and suitable in moderation for people with diabetes.

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Sugar In Small Doses

Baked goods, like brownies, can be a part of your diet even if you have diabetes. To make it work, you just need to keep the count. The ADA recommends keeping your carb content at most meals between 45 and 60 grams total, while most often focusing on high fiber and complex carbs. If you plan to eat dessert, try cutting back on carbs in the rest of your meal. Alternatively, if you find yourself having trouble eating just one, save treats for birthdays, holidays, or other special occasions. Whatever you do, enjoy!