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Reduced Sugar Brownies with Splenda


Darn.  Being a diebetic is kinda hard.  You know what I mean?

So what do you do when you really crave brownies and want to try to stay on track without spiking the blood sugar?  My husband wouldn’t enable my bad behaviour, either.  He’s gained too much weight, so he refused to “beg me” to bake a batch of the classic Baker’s one-bowl brownies.

Another truly wonderful thing about my darling Chad is the way he’s always willing to dispose of my experiments, even when they fail.  In this case, the brownies turned out to be the perfect blend of fudgey, dense and chewey without being too sweet.  They didn’t rise much, but I can live with that.

This recipe is adapted from the One Bowl Brownie recipe I found on Pinterest.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (if you have a double oven use the small one).  Grease a 13×9 pan.  I used a Pampered Chef stoneware bar pan, sprayed with Pam and lined with waxed paper.

Melt 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butter in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, until melted and stirs smoothly.

Add 2 eggs, beaten, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.  Stir in 3/4 cup brown sugar (darker the better) and 1/2 cup Splenda (bulk) sweetener.

In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tsp cinnamon and a VERY SMALL PINCH of cayenne pepper.  Stir these ingredients, then add them to the chocolate mix.  Stir until blended.  Fold in 1 cup whole walnuts.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  Bake 25 minutes until the top is dry to touch and starts to feel firm.  Cool before slicing.


2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 12 oz)
1/2 stick butter
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 dark brown sugar
1/2 cup Splenda
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Kosher flake salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 VERY SMALL pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1 cup whole walnuts

Serves about 16, depending on how you cut the brownies.

These brownies are thin.  I think you could double the flour mixture and add another egg, but they would be more cake-like.  Not what I was going for.  Chad and I agreed these were perfect.


Welcome to Type II Diabetes, Right?

The first thing you hear after you pick your large butt off the floor when you get that diagnosis is “girl, you gotta lose weight.”

As IF I haven’t been trying to do precisely that my entire life.  I have lost and gained back the rough equivalent of an Olympics gymnastics squad over the last 30 years.  I’ve done Weight Watchers (have a nice, brass life member card for that one), Sugar Busters, South Beach, the Cookie Diet, medically-supervised Atkins, and a bunch of others.

Enter the 21st century and the computer, the internet and the smartphone.  I finally understand what it all comes down to.  Modern science is catching up to it as well.  Are you ready?  Take notes and feel free to share.

Angela’s Big Weight Loss Miracle Secret

  1. Eat fewer calories than you burn.
  2. Get some kind of physical activity in a few times a week, and the more fun it is for you, the more likely you are to do it.  If you call it fun, it ain’t exercise.  For me, gardening, loading or unloading and setting up or taking down the camper burn as many calories as running or working out at the gym.  So does building a cabinet, or pushing a lawn mower, or hauling a bunch of laundry baskets up and down the basement stairs.    Want to know how many calories you burn in your favorite activity?
  3. If you are, like me, into the menopausal years and can’t handle the carbs, then eat fewer of them, shift to high fiber, whole grains (go South Beach/Sugar Busters) and eat more lean protein instead.
  4. Weigh, measure and record everything you eat.  Sigh.  Yes, in that Weight Watchers had it right.  It’s easier now, though.  We have this wonderful, miracle, modern technological miracle called MyFitnessPal! It is a free member website and has companion apps for every breed or brand of smartphone or tablet on the market.  I use it every single day on my Android phone.  The database of foods is over 10,000 and growing exponentially every day as members use their smartphone cameras to scan the barcodes of new products, or create new recipies.  If you create a recipe, MFP adds up the nutrition of all the ingredients from the database and calculates the nutrition information for you.  There are great support boards, and you can sign up buddies to encourage you along the way. 

Blueberry Tendabake Pancakes

1 cup Tenda-Bake 7 Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup water

Mix together and cook on a hot (350 deg. F) until browned.  Don’t turn the first side until it’s bubbly, and take it off about 3 minutes later.  Top with a good-tasting omega-3 margarine (I like Fleischmann’s olive oil spread) and sugar-free syrup (try Hungry Jack).    I dollop of Ready Whip won’t kill you.

Who says dieting has to be boring, or unenjoyable?

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