Diabetes does not have to mean that you cannot enjoy a tasty treat! However, one must be aware of candy advertised as “sugar free”. In reality, many of these candies contain artificial sweeteners, called sugar alcohols, that contain high percentages of fats and carbohydrates. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association, consumers should cautiously use artificial sweeteners.
What does this mean?
Maybe we should think twice about buying “sugar-free” candy in a store. The solution to this is making it at the comfort of our own home! This can help diabetic consumers eat conscious and guilt free. Instead of the use of artificial sugars, natural sugar substitutes can be put in place. This article will share delicious recipes that not only taste great but are great for health as well.
The first candy recipe was adapted from everydaydiabeticrecipes.com, and it is peanut butter cups! The ingredients you will need are:
- 1/4 cup of peanuts
- 1 ounce of squared unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/3 cup of Splenda sugar substitute
- 1 tablespoon of half and half
- 4 tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter
Once you have got all the ingredients lined up, it is time to start baking!
First, place about 10 muffin cups on a counter table. The first ingredient you will wants to add to the cups are crushed peanuts. This way you add a delicious savory and crunchy taste to your creamy peanut butter cups. Next, in a microwave friendly bowl, you will need to heat the unsweetened chocolate, butter, and Splenda on high for about one to one and a half minutes or until everything is completely melted. One important note to keep in mind is to not let it come to a boil! After you have your melted ingredients, you will want to add your half and half to give it that heavy, creamy taste, and also the peanut butter.
Finally, divide the mixture evenly into the muffin cups and place inside the freezer. Keep the peanut butter cups in the freezer until they are completely firm. The last step is to enjoy your delicious, sugar-free, homemade candy!
Another candy recipe that is super delicious and easy to make is apple crunch balls. Not familiar with this candy? Do not worry- it is a super easy and healthy recipe that can be done in just a couple of minutes at the comfort of your own home. The ingredients that you will need are:
- 1/3 cup of reduced fat peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of light margarine
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 2 cups of crushed, wheat flakes cereal
- 1/3 cup of thinly chopped dried apples
- 2 tablespoons of thinly chopped walnuts
- 1/8 teaspoon of apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon of sugar-free caramel syrup
Just like in the previous recipe, once you have all of your ingredients lined up, it is time to start baking! Also, keep in mind that for these recipes to be tasty, you do not need to follow the ingredient list word for word! Just make sure that any substitutes that you desire to make are sugar-free, of course!
In a saucepan that is about medium size, mix the light margarine, honey, and peanut butter. Place that on medium heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Then, remove the pan from the heat, and add in your finely crushed wheat cereal, chopped walnuts, and apple pie spice. After you have mixed this thoroughly, place ingredients into a separate bowl, cover it and let it chill for about half an hour. After chilled, the mixture should be firmer. Divide the mixture into 18 portions, and with semi-wet hands, firmly roll it into balls. Using wax paper so that they do not stick, neatly line them up and let chill for about 15 minutes, or until they are firm. Once they are, you can drizzle the caramel syrup on them and let chill for at least 15 minutes. Finally, after the syrup has chilled, you can enjoy!
Once trying these two recipes, you will realize that being diabetic does not have to mean no candy! There are a ton of sugar-free recipes that can satisfy that sweet tooth just as much as any regular candy that contains sugar!