For the Diabetic Kid in All of Us

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This article was written by Ward Alper, a type 2 diabetic and chef who lives and eats decadently in Portland, Maine. Since his diagnosis more than five years ago, Ward has refocused his recipes and eating to support his diabetic health.

You may have noticed that my articles and recipes don’t focus on desserts and sweets. I think that one does not live by dessert alone. Most of my recipes are for side dishes and main courses because that is what makes a big difference in my eating well and managing my diabetes.

Now don’t get me wrong; I am the kid who was told, “Eat all your pickled parsnips and you can have dessert.” I love dessert. As a restaurateur, I made sure that the desserts were placed up front where every patron could see them. Desserts are still the reward for doing what you should do anyway. I have dozens and dozens of dessert recipes. In fact, when my book is published, desserts will be the first chapter.

Speaking of kids, I know a few young people with diabetes, and I am flat out inspired by the grace they have in living with their diabetes. This article, and the diabetic-compatible, kid-friendly recipe below, is for them and the kid in all of us.

Mini Cupcakes

One of my diabetes buddies, Mr. Seven, is just that – 7 years old. His mom tells me he has a sweet tooth. She contacted me online and asked if I had any recipes for cupcakes for her son. My recommendation was to use my carrot cake recipe and make that into cupcakes. Mr. Seven found them awesome. I later suggested my easy chocolate cake recipe (below), so now Mr. Seven has two little treats to enjoy.

His mom had mentioned that she made the cupcakes half-size because Mr. Seven had “tummy” issues with the artificial sweetener that I use, so I suggested she try mini cupcakes. I have been making mini cakes for years for my New Year’s Day brunches. They look so good on a plate, and the concept of having more than one appeals to the kid in all of us.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Mini cupcakes cook faster than a cake or regular-size cupcakes (7-12 min.)
  2. You need to line the mini cupcakes with paper cups to avoid sticking.
  3. A mini cupcake is equal to 1/3 of a serving of cake in my recipes. To figure out the NET carbs per mini cupcake, divide the number of net carbs in a serving of the cake recipe by 3.

Other than that they are a piece of cake, pun intended.

Low-Carb Cookies

Another thing that no kid needs to be without is cookies. I have always used leftover sweet pie crust to make “the chef” a cookie treat. I just sprinkle it with a little cinnamon sugar and bake them up.

What makes a really terrific cookie is the dough that I use for my tarts and cheesecakes. The recipe is so flavorful that it simply makes a great, crisp little cookie. I especially enjoy it when I have extra dough left over from my chocolate crusts. Who is kidding whom? I just make up the batch to have a low-carb cookie around.

Enjoy, be happy, be Healthy and BE DECADENT!

Click here for Ward's Simple and Sweet Chocolate Cake recipe!

Get more nutrition tips and recipe ideas from Ward Alper, the Decadent Diabetic, on his website.

Image credit: Prevention.com