Vanilla Cupcakes & Cookies for the gestational diabetes diet with only 16 carbs and 6 ingredients and done in 25 minutes! Also Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, dairy free and sugar free!
Why Vanilla Cupcakes and Cookies?
Because you need a low glycemic cake option with good flavor and accessible ingredients. These are perfect for those who have birthdays during gestational diabetes, or when having a baby shower!
These Vanilla Cupcakes were delicious with in-season strawberries, and guess what, I didn’t miss the icing! I know you probably miss the buttercream, but other options for frosting are CoolWhip, ReddiWhip or cream cheese frosting. CoolWhip and ReddiWhip are convenient and come in different flavors! Cream cheese frosting, on the other hand, you’ll have to make, and you’ll need to replace the sugar with a zero glycemic sweetener. I say zero glycemic and not low glycemic because the recipe calls for sugar, so you don’t want to up the carb count unnecessarily. If you need guidance, check out my guide for sweeteners.
For the Gestational Diabetes Mama’s
These cupcakes are made with sugar because that’s most common, but if you swap out the sugar for a dry low glycemic sweetener, it brings them under 15 carbs each. To me that sounds like you can sneak one in with breakfast. ????
This recipe can be altered to your tastes by adding extracts, spices or zests for different flavors! Try something like cherry extract, or cinnamon, or orange zest, etc. These kinds of additions will not raise your blood sugar. I added imitation Rum extract and it was a game changer!
I like to use Red Bob’s Blanched and Finely Ground Almond Flour. You can find it at your small grocers like Kroger, Safeway, etc., or at a health food store. I think it gives the best texture in comparison to white flour. However, I’ve noticed lately that there are protein flours or otherwise fortified flours in Wal-Mart. I’ve yet to use them, but they are acceptable substitutes. Just stay away from white flour, because it’s nothing but empty carbs that’ll spike your blood sugar.
Keto and Paleo
To make it Keto, swap out the sugar for your choice of sweetener and butter for grass-fed or use approved oil. To make it Paleo, swap out the sugar, butter, baking powder and vanilla for your choice of approved options.
- Ideally the protein count would be a bit higher, but 7g isn’t bad at all!
- There’s enough (good) fat to even the playing field with the carbs.
- If you’re unsure as to how you’ll react, throw in more protein from somewhere (not into the batter; just an additional food item), especially if you’re eating with strawberries like I did.
Did you see last week’s Tropical Treat? ? The basic pudding is my favorite thing right now!
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Vanilla Cupcakes & Cookies
- 2 Tbsps Butter (softened)
- 3 Tbsps Sugar
- 1 t Vanilla Extract
- 1 each Large Egg
- 3/4 cup Finely Ground, Blanched Almond Flour
- 1/8 t Baking Powder
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Beat butter and sugar together until well combined; anywhere from 2-5 minutes. The longer you beat it, the fluffier your end product.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined and airy; about 4 minutes. Scrape the batter back down from the sides of the bowl to ensure it’s all incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix the almond flour and baking powder together.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Beat until just combined; 20-30 seconds. The batter will be thick.
- Place the liners into the pan and spoon the batter into the lines. Fill each about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes for a gooey center and eat immediately. Best with a scoop of ice cream. Bake 13 minutes for a complete bake and let cool completely.