Cookies, brownies, cakes… There’s nothing more tempting than seeing all of these sweet treats laid out on a table all together at a bake sale. Although we know our children with type 1 diabetes can have these sugary desserts, it seems to work out better sometimes if we can nudge them toward options that are a bit kinder on the blood sugar. Even if ever so slightly.
So here I’m sharing three such options for delicious recipes for your child’s next bake sale.
Each one comes together quickly, because, let’s be honest, kids aren’t always the best at communicating important information—notes get lost in the bottom of backpacks, etc.—and often times we’re left baking the night before the goods are needed!
Each recipe also gives the option of using real sugar or a sugar substitute. On the one hand, there’s been a lot of news and opinions coming out about non-caloric sugar substitutes lately. On the other hand, real sugar has a greater impact on blood sugar than lower-carb alternatives. It can leave a mom confused! For me, I try to strike a balance and use them each about half the time. Ultimately, I think that is my goal when feeding my family all around…balance.
No matter how you decided to prepare them, these bake sale treats are bound to be bestsellers!
Ironically, when it comes to bake sales, a no-bake option can often be your best bet—especially if you’re pressed for time. These no-bake cookies are quick and easy and use some household staples that you just might have on hand already.
Peanut butter and honey add an interesting new element to this slightly healthier twist on traditional rice cereal bars.
These cute little chocolate spoons give the term “bite-sized” new meaning. Prepared on a disposable spoon, sprinkled with your favorite toppings, and individually wrapped, they’re the perfect treat to offer at a bake sale…or anytime, really! With their silky truffle texture, you’d never know avocado is the secret ingredient—and more importantly, neither will the kids!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.