I poured some dry packet mix into a mixing bowl on Sunday afternoon.
I added an egg and 40 grams of melted butter to the bowl, stirring it together with my wooden spoon watching it all combine together.
I scooped up little balls of this moist brown mixture, placing it carefully onto my baking tray 2cm apart. As I began to divvy up the remaining mixture among the 15 balls on my tray, my hands were beginning to feel sticky.
I had no temptation to lick any of the residual mixture that was stuck to my hands. I wasn’t even tempted to grab a small spoon from the kitchen drawer and devour all of the residual mixture stuck to the sides of the bowl.
As I opened the door to check on my creation that was baking away in the oven, there was absolutely no sweet aroma wafting its way towards my nostrils.
I kept poking and prodding at my browning vanilla almond biscuits, thinking that they felt far too soft for biscuits. After pulling them out of the oven and letting them cool for 15 minutes, they were still yet to harden despite having exceeded the cooking time. After putting them back into the oven for another ten minutes, I felt that I was at risk of burning them and switched it off.
As I later placed my cooled biscuits-that-didn’t-feel-like-biscuits into an airtight container, I was not even inclined to break one of these biscuits in half to taste. I sealed the lid and placed the container into my bag for the following day.
When I arrived at Monday evening’s meeting with my fellow Young Adult Diabetes Committee members, I placed the container of biscuits on the table. Despite watching my peers eat these biscuits and tell me that they were good, I didn’t really want one. Even knowing that the 1g carb count per biscuit would have minimal impact on my blood sugar couldn’t tempt me.
These vanilla almond biscuits that I had spent my Sunday afternoon baking were sugar free, sweetened with what I believed to be Stevia.
If this kind of baking is what you choose to do in managing your diabetes, then I completely support and respect you for doing so.
But if I am being absolutely honest, for me personally, low carb baking does not come anywhere close to the real deal.
I would much rather have those sweet smells wafting through my kitchen, lick my fingers clean, scoop residual doughy mixture from the side of my bowl, break a hot cookie in half, have the real taste of sugar on my tongue, swag bolus some insulin through it all and correct a high blood sugar afterwards.