Flourless Chocolate Muffins…YUUUUUMMMMM

Excuse my muffin pan, it’s not very pretty is it lol.  But as mentioned in the last blog post, I have been working my way through various recipes, mainly found on Pinterest (if you aren’t a part of Pinterest, you really are missing out), trying to discover how to make some of my favorite foods, without the sugar spikes.  This has become increasingly more important with the addition of my pregnancy and the risks now to not just me, but my baby.

Enter these AMAZING muffins.  These pictures are from my first attempt and total pregnancy brain moment, I put 2 cups of zucchini instead of just 1, hence why they look a little deflated (they still tasted so good that I’ve made them twice since).

I have left the banana out of this recipe most of the times I make it (just as I get a ripe enough banana, someone goes through and eats it – sigh kids).  I’ve also left out the flaxseed since I never remember to buy it.  I did add salt to some of them from this batch on the top for a dark chocolate salted taste but I honestly I don’t think the salt added much and I haven’t included it since.  These took hardly any time to make too, just adding to their fabulousness.  In the time between finishing dinner and going to bed at 10 PM, including taking a walk, I had these muffins made.

For the record, I’ve tried 2 different chocolate chips in here and my absolute favorite is Kroger’s Private Selection Dark Chocolate Chips.  If you don’t have a Kroger near you, you could try a different brand, but I think the Dark Chocolate really delivers awesome flavor in these.

I seriously powered through these pretty quickly, and what’s even better is my kids liked them!  Although that meant less muffins for me…but if I can get my kids to eat muffins that don’t have refined flour or refined sugar in them, I’m going to take that as a win and keep serving them up as the calories and carbs are pretty drastically reduced from conventional muffins.

If you are like me, on the hunt for muffins that satisfy that occasional need for something decadent, but you can’t risk the sugar spike, I highly recommend you try this recipe out.  It will definitely satisfy that sweet tooth!  You can find this awesome recipe on Running With Spoons blog.  If you would like to follow me on Pinterest as I scour for more recipes to try, you can follow me here.

Until next time friends, good luck in your journey and let me know of any questions you might have!  We can figure this out together.



Little Bean

So I have these two amazing kids right?  They are funny and sweet and I could not be more blessed.  And then comes the curveball – Baby 3 is on his or her way!  (We don’t like to find out what we are having – it’s a great motivator through labor!)

Now I had gestational diabetes with both Luke and Reagan.  With Luke I was able to control it with diet and exercise until 35 or 36 weeks.  With Reagan, as soon as I hit 12 weeks I had to go on medicine.  This time, the diabetes existed prior to the baby.  I did not realize it but that presents new challenges like possible heart defects, preeclampsia and premature birth.  My A1C prior to conceiving was 6.5 and with a recent doctor appointment, when I asked about the increased risk of birth defects he said that 6.5 is a number he likes to see (YAY!!) and that he doesn’t feel I need to stress too much.  (Although looking back he could be saying that just to get me to not stress and try to ease my mind a bit…)

With finding out about this pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, controlling my sugar numbers has gotten increasingly difficult.  It is to be expected as the higher the hormone levels due to pregnancy, the more insulin resistant the body becomes.  I wonder if somehow that is to help the baby’s development?  So the mom isn’t getting all of the energy but the baby is getting some as well?  I’ll have to see what I can find on that.

Anyway, with this pregnancy, I decided to try something different.  I would like to stay on the lowest dose of medication I possibly can.  As of right now, the doctor has not increased my dose in 2 months (Double YAY!)  I’ve been through diabetes education multiple times, however, it never answered my question of “But if I stayed within my 45 gram limit, why is my blood sugar still high?”

I started cutting out what I saw spiking my sugar.  Pasta is no longer an option (so much for easy after work dinners), and as I’ve progressed, I’ve had to also cut out anything with wheat flour, corn or white potatoes.  This includes tortillas, pizza crust, muffins, you name it.  Pretty much everything I have been craving!  In my Pinterest feed, I saw Paleo and Keto diet items and up until now I never really paid much attention.  Then I read into these diets a bit more and realized I was already practicing them!  I have now found recipes for chocolate chocolate chip muffins (one of my absolute favorites) that only cost me 15 grams of carbs and even with those carbs, they don’t spike my sugar at all.  I plan to start linking to these recipes so you too can find something that works for you and allows you to still have a little fun in your diet!

I will be 100% honest that this has not been an easy journey.  I get mad about how much time I spend figuring out what I can eat and what I can’t eat and sometimes I just WISH that my body gets that we are straying off course for ONE BITE so maybe it could not overreact with a 150+ blood sugar number?  But no, evidently it doesn’t work that way.  At any rate, we are going to stay this course and pray that with all the hard work a healthy baby will show up in March.

I encourage you to take a look at Paleo and Ketogenic diets – I know they don’t sound fun but trust me in that they are effective.  I can definitely detail more in coming posts for all of you but this post is already pretty long!  Until we get deeper into that, I wish you strength in your journey to overcome diabetes – we can do this!