Follow These Diabetes-Friendly Baking Tips

Follow These Diabetes-Friendly Baking Tips

Use Wholemeal Flour instead of White Flour

Wholemeal flour is healthier than white and can help with gut and heart health. It’s more filling than white and processed flour. In fact, its smaller portion satisfies for the longer term. It is perfect in most recipes, but if you find it a bit heavy for things like sponge cakes, try using a ratio of 30:70 or 50:50 wholemeal flour to plain flour.

Use an equal amount of mashed banana or pureed apple in place of butter

Mashed banana or puréed apple can be beaten with a little sugar and rapeseed oil to get a similar effect to creaming butter without an additional saturated fat from butter. It also adds natural sweetness. The key is to beat it well, which helps add air to the mixture.

Experiment with less sugar and sugar substitutes

Add fresh fruit, grated or finely chopped apples, pears, blueberries, blackberries, or chopped peaches and nectarines for flavor and natural sweetness. You can also sweeten cakes with dried fruit rather than sugar as it contains fibre. Soak raisins, sultanas, and currants in a little boiling water to plump them up and make them juicier, also use the water. There are also available many other sweeteners such as agave nectar and syrups, don’t forget honey, that is marketed as natural and healthy. But the truth is, your body still processes these as sugar, so they count towards your free or added sugar intake. They are best avoided but if you have to use them, try to use in small quantities to be at par with the diabetes medication.

Add vegetables

Grate vegetables and add to a cake mixture. Courgettes, carrots, and beetroot soften up once cooked, adding moisture without overpowering flavour.

Try porridge oats

Reducing flour and replacing it with the same weight of oats also adds soluble fibre, which can help lower cholesterol and help promote high blood sugar control.

Prefer low-fat oil

Use oil such as rapeseed or sunflower oil or lower-fat spread rather than butter. Olive oil is good too, but it has quite a strong flavour. Also, coconut oil is used for baking, but it’s high in saturated fat. There is also no evidence to support many of the health claims. Use it by all means, but treat it the same as you would use butter and use in moderation.

Experiment with something else instead of regular milk

You can also try using soy milk or vanilla soy milk in place of regular milk. Generally, soy milk is counted as lower in fat and higher in protein than regular milk.