All you need to Know about Low Sugar Recipes
When dealing with complicated topics like nutrition and fitness, the internet can be a scary place in terms of finding accurate information. For example, I found these two recipes on two highly respected food websites.
“No Sugar Oatmeal Recipes #1” Food.com
“No Sugar Oatmeal Recipes #2” Sparkpeople
The recipes read something like this:
3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup apple sauce
Newsflash internet recipe makers … bananas contain 19 grams of sugar per serving. And raisins — a whopping 25grams. Cranberries? More sugar. Applesauce? Unless it’s unsweetened, it is laden with sugar.
So can you make Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies?
Yes, but to make them taste good, you need use spices instead of sweeteners. Here’s my favorite recipe:
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate
1/4 c. almonds (chopped fine)
Cookies take about 12 minutes at 375°F. Makes about 50 cookies.
Analysis of Recipe:
Ingredients like dark chocolate, whole wheat flour, applesauce, etc. do have some sugar and starches that have a glycemic load that is not insignificant. However, the fiber in the applesauce, chocolate, almonds, and oatmeal help slow down the action of the sugar. It’s a good quality snack, enjoy!