Small Treats Low in Carbs for Diabetics

These delightful treats are low in carbs and fats.

Pinwheel Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup margarine, softened

1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract

2 egg whites

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together sugar, maple syrup, margarine, and vanilla. Beat in egg whites. Reserve 3/4 cup batter.

At low speed, beat 1 1/2 cups flour mixture into remaining batter until a soft dough forms; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat together reserved batter, remaining flour mixture, and cocoa until a soft dough forms. Shape each dough into a log; wrap in waxed paper, chill for 30 minutes.

Roll out each log, between 2 sheets of waxed paper, into 2 sheets of waxed paper, into an 1/8-inch-thick rectangle. Remove top pieces of waxed paper. Place 1 dough rectangle directly on top of the other rectangle. Remove top sheet of waxed paper. Using the waxed paper as a guide, roll up dough. Freeze for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 baking sheets with vegetable cooking spray. Cut dough crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices; place slices on baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and cool.

Nutrition per serving 1 cookie:

66 calories

12 grams of carbohydrate

1 gram of protein

0 mg cholesterol

2 grams of fat

7 mg sodium

These small treats are fun to munch on!

Alaskan Snowballs

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup dark raisins

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut

In a blender or food processor, fitted with the metal blade, combine graham cracker crumbs, almonds, and raisins. Process until finely ground.

Add confectioners' sugar, orange juice, honey, and cocoa. Process until mixture forms a thick paste.

Spread coconut on a flat surface. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper.

Shape graham cracker mixture into 1-inch balls; roll in coconut. Place snowballs on prepared baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition per serving 1 ball:

69 calories

12 grams carbohydrates

1 gram protein

44 mg sodium

2 grams fat

0 grams cholesterol

If you like the taste of granola, these are great small treats to make by Equal recipes.

Granola Bites

2 cups cornflakes cereal

2/3 cup quick-cooking oats

1/4 cup 100% bran cereal

1/2 cup chopped pitted dates or raisins

1/2 cup reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter

4 egg whites or 1/2 cup real liquid egg product

5 tsps Equal for recipes or 16 packets Equal sugar

2 tsps vanilla

Combine cornflakes, oats, bran cereal, and dates in a large bowl. Mix peanut butter, egg whites, Equal, and vanilla in small bowl until smooth; pour over cereal mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated.

Nutrition per serving for 1 Granola Bite:

67 calories

3 grams protein

9 grams carbohydrates

3 grams fat

0 mg cholesterol

61 mg sodium

1 gram fiber

Shape mixture into 1-inch mounds; place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 350 oven until cookies are set and browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

If you like marshmallows, this is a great treat to have.

Marshmallow Squares

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tbsps unsalted margarine

1 large egg

For the topping:

2 egg whites

1 large egg

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tbsps all-purpose flour

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1/2 cup dark raisins

1 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. On a sheet of waxed paper, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat together brown sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. At low speed, beat in flour mixture until a dough forms.

Press dough evenly into prepared pan. Prick with tines of a fork. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare topping. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, egg, brown sugar, and flour. Mix well. Fold in pecans and raisins. Spread topping over warm crust. Sprinkle marshmallows on top. Bake until topping sets, about 30 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into squares.

Nutrition per serving for 1 square:

109 calories

21 grams of carbohydrate

2 grams of protein

45 mg sodium

2 grams fat

27 mg cholesterol