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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

BLUEBERRY TART WITH WALNUT CRUST*

*I got the original idea for this tart from a diabetic recipe website (I believe it was EatingWell).  I have made some changes that I think make it healthier.  Walnuts and blueberries are two of the healthiest foods and are especially good for diabetics.  So make this dessert one you turn to often.

CRUST:
1/2 cup lightly toasted walnuts
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 large egg white
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch of salt, optional

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Coarsely chop the walnuts in a food processor; add Graham cracker crumbs and process until the mixture is fine crumbs.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy; add crumb mixture, butter, coconut oil, and salt - if using.  Toss the mixture to combine well.  Press onto the bottom and 1/2-inch up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan that has a removable bottom.

Set tart pan on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes or until dry and slightly darkened around edges.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

FILLING:
1 brick (8-oz) Neufchatel (low-fat) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp pure maple syrup**, divided
2 cups fresh blueberries

In a mixing bowl with mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and 1/4 cup of maple syrup until smooth.  Carefully spread the mixture into the cooled crust.  Place the blueberries over the filling and drizzle with the remaining two tablespoons of maple syrup (I omit this syrup).


Refrigerate at least an hour before serving.  Can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated.

**If you have serious problems with your blood sugar, use sugar-free maple-flavored syrup