WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHUNK AND CHERRY COOKIES

1/4 cup soft vegetable oil spread
2 tbsp + 2 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/3 cup Splenda Granular
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg
2 tbsp cocoa baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 oz white baking chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup dried tart cherries, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixer bowl on medium to high speed, beat the vegetable oil spread. Add the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, Splenda Granular, baking soda and salt. Beat until the mixture is well mixed, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally.

Beat in the egg, cocoa powder, and vanilla until combined. Beat in the flour. Using a wooden spoon or large plastic spoon, stir in the oats and flaxseed. Stir in 3/4 of the chopped dark chocolate and 2 tablespoons of the chopped white chocolate along with 1/3 cup of the chopped cherries.

Drop the mixture by rounded teaspoonsful 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Top with the remaining chocolates and cherries. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are set. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

To store cookies, layer them between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature. Will keep for 5 days or a month in the freezer.

Yield: About 28 cookies.
Per cookie: 84 cal, 4 g (2 g sat)fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 53 mg sodium, 14 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein (If you use egg substitute, that lowers the calories to 70 and the carbs to 10 grams.