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Diabetics can enjoy the occasional cake with this recipe made with artificial sweetener. This cake recipe especially designed for diabetics is flavored with raisins, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Other ingredients used to make this recipe include eggs, vegetable oil, baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour. Make this delicious cake for friends or family who have diabetes on their birthday or special occasion to put a smile on their faces.
Those who have diabetes need to cut down sugar from their diet and require a strict and planned nutrition. Craving for sweets can be quite a struggle and one way to curb cravings for something sweet is to use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes, which are often low in calories. These are used to sweeten drinks and foods for less carbohydrates and calories than regular sugar. They typically have a lot more sweetening power than regular sugar and require only a small amount when they are used as a sugar substitute. A lot of these sugar substitutes cannot be broken down by the body (except for aspartame) and pass through the system without being digested, this providing no extra calories.
The five artificial sweeteners approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes acesulfame potassium (also called acesulfame K), aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, and neotame. Commercial food companies often use these sweeteners to make diet products including drinks, candies, desserts, baked goods, and chewing gum. Some of these are available in granular form and can be used in baking and cooking at home.
Another popular sugar alternative is Stevia, also sold as Reb-A, rebiana, or Rebaudioside. Reb-A is a processed and purified product derived from the stevia plant, which is a hundred times sweeter than regular sugar. Stevia or Reb-A are considered to be safe as a food additive and table top sweetener according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long as it is used in appropriate amounts.
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup raisins, seedless
1 cup applesauce - unsweetened
2 large eggs – well beaten
1/2 cup artificial sweetener
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour, all-purpose
Pour the raisins in a saucepan and cover with the water. Cook over low heat until raisins are soft.
Drain away the excess water and mix the raisins with the applesauce, eggs, sweetener and cooking oil. Blend well. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well.
Pour the batter into a greased baking pan. Bake in a 350 degrees F. preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Diabetic Cake from gourmandia.com