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Dec. 5, 2011 12:15 pm 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2011 7:12 pm
The Holidays!  Love em!  The Baking! Love it!  What to do now?

The hardest thing I have found to manage is not the sugar, it is the starches.  There are many healthy sugar substitutes out there and I have a couple of favorites.  For baking, I buy Stevia Blend<   and Poly D Fiber<   Since the Stevia blend is twice as sweet as sugar, I make up the bulk difference with Poly D Fiber which acts like sugar and fat in recipes but is about 90% fiber!  I don't think we can argue with that!  Sometimes I use straight Eurethrotol and add some pure stevia liquid to make up the sweetness, it depends on what I am making.

The problem for me is to eliminate the carbohydrates in baking.  For sure, the Poly D helps reduce the net carb count - but beware my foodie friends, using too much can make you really gassy.... pwew!

So this is how I am handling the problem this year and still making merriment over the holidays:
  1. Select to make goodies low in flour.  Truffles, cheesecake, pecan tarts, and fruit pies
  2. Load cookies up with nuts, fruits, and yes, chocolate!  Forget, cakes!
  3. Substitute part of your flour with  a mixture of coconut flour, almond flour and oat flour all low in carbohydrates. (warning, if rising is involved this is tricky due to a lack of gluten in these flours)
  4. Increase the fiber in your baking by adding wheat protein, flax seed meal, almond meal.  Fiber reduces your net carb count.
  5. Most importantly, don't stop baking!  I am slowly morphing my recipes and will make sure to share some on further posts.
I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed and Sweet Holiday!
Sugar Free Sal
Dec. 5, 2011 12:26 pm
Sally, This has been very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and wisdom. Scott Live, Love, Laugh.
Dec. 5, 2011 7:42 pm
Sally--you have really put a lot of thought into baking. Thanks for all the hints. Have you ever tried agave nectar or sweetener? I just saw it advertised in a magazine. I hope you find time to share some of your wonderful recipes and blog here. Happy Holidays!
Dec. 13, 2011 7:12 pm
Thanks! @ Lela, Agave isn't actually that healthy and for those who have to watch their sugar intake it does cause your glucose levels to rise. Still, better than refined sugar though!
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About Me
I am a full time IT employee for a large data storage company who loves to cook for her family and entertain guests - especially when it involves wine! I have recently encountered a few medical problems that required a change in the foods I eat and so I am now trying a do-over on many of my favorite recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian! Pasta, gravy, meatballs, manicotti, lasagne... I also love cooking mexican, cajun and indian foods. Spicy is good....! :) I love to bake as well and would do it every day if it were healthy. Sigh..........
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday baking is a big one. Not sure how we will manage that this year with the sugar free thing going on! We also have a lot of fun at Thanksgiving. My son's birthday is very close to Thanksgiving each year so after Thanksgiving we make a big pot of Jambalaya with the leftovers. Everyone looks forward to this tradition!
My cooking triumphs
Sugar free flourless chocolate cake!! WOW! Homemade pizza - the best! Cinnamon Buns to die for! (I can't eat these anymore... :( Homemade pasta and gravy
My cooking tragedies
Low carb pizza crust - YUK Lentil Soup
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