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Brownie in a Mug (FatCatAnna Style)


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Mar 30, 2014 21:15
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  • Brownie in a Mug (FatCatAnna Style)

    Okay that title in brackets almost sounds like Gangnam Style  – I don’t have many sweet things in the house for after dinner indulgence.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a diabetic or the way my Mum was (fresh fruit or occasional Betty Crocker mix in it’s own box cake were her favs for us).  I just know that sometimes I get that urge to have something I consider sinful (e.g. ice cream is a rarity in my freezer – usually it gets freezer burn as I forget I have some).

    So, lately, I’ve been playing around with recipes I’ve found online for making a brownie in a mug.  The best one so far, that I came across is from Simply Recipes.  It’s a no brainer.  The only thing I did with it though  – due to the carb count of the ingredients was a) make 1 portion into 2 nice sized treats; and b) go full out with making it gluten free as possible (I’m still new at this – so don’t shout me if there’s a hint of gluten in recipe below).

    No, I have not been diagnosed with celiac.  Though it seems many Type 1 diabetics are being diagnosed with it (and there’s a new test from Australia that says “ it doesn’t require a month or more of eating gluten or painful intestinal biopsies” along more accuracy of diagnosis).   All I know is, that sometimes I’m finding I have a few of the symptoms of possible wheat intolerance – despite not eating masses of bread – and wonder …. am I or am I not allergic to gluten?  So far, I’ve had no success in having my endo say yes to testing (some of my T1 diabetics online mates have said I should get it done – even in my later stages of life with diabetes).  For now, while I learn to deal with some other new health problems in my life – I just skip along merrily – and deal with having a yummy brownie in a mug that doesn’t make my #BGnow go wacko afterwards and makes me smile!

    My chocolate mug gluten free creation

    So with a drum roll …. here’s my easy peasy recipe – that hopefully you will find as yummy as I do.  Feel free to play around with the type of flour you want – just like I did.  Also, I have made it with 50/50 sugar & Splenda – but that was only when using mixture of wheat/rice flour.  It was great – but if I’m going to have something sweet – I might as well go all the way – with the real thing (see my little notes of other sweetners I've used below)!!!

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1/4 cup flour (I use a mixture of ¼ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup coconut flour)
    • ¼ cup sugar (I’ve played around with using Maple Flakes – which is  lower in carbs then regular sugar along with added vitamins/minerals in it that are natural.  I’ve even used my home made version of lavender sugar ).
    • 2 Tbsp of cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
    • Pinch of salt (like you’d throw over your shoulder for good luck – careful – not  that big a pinch)
    • Tiny pinch of cinnamon (I love cinnamon!!!)
    • 1/4 cup of water
    • 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil (Simply Recipes recommended not to use olive oil due to taste factor - but I have - along with trying it out with Organic Coconut Oil from this company)
    • 1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
    • 1 small (hee!hee!) scoop of ice cream or 1-2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream to serve

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Place flour(s), sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl (see pictures). Stir with a fork to mix well.  Next add oil, water,  and vanilla to bowl.  Mix well with a fork until the mixture is smooth and there are no clumps.  Take TWO mugs and divide mixture into them. Place in a microwave (I do each one individually) – heat on HIGH for 1 minute.  If you go more than 30 secs over – mixture may be too dry.  I find 1 minute makes it purrfectly yummy texture – not overly dry – not overly goopy.  Of course, this all depends on your microwave!  As the original recipe states at Simply Recipes – “it should still be moist when cooked through not dry”.  Let cool for a minute and serve with one of the toppings above.

    To see a FULL set of pictures of this recipe along with extra descriptiions and tips  - go to this link - and promise me - when you get there ...

    DO NOT LICK THE SCREEN!!!

    Unicorn licking screen

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  • By: FatCatAnna: May, 23, 2014 11:18 AM

    Good question!  Yes, I do have coffee with my mug brownie – an Americano to be exact.  I’ve never done a self test to see if not having coffee with a sweet treat affects my blood sugar (BG) differently.  As a diabetic on insulin (whether you’re Type 1 or Type 2 using our juice of life) – I just bolus (take insulin) to cover the carbs for all foods involved.

    I have read studies similar to the  links you’ve posted  over the years about the "benefits" of coffee for Type 2’s.  I have to admit – one day they say something is good – then next day it’s not.  The way I apply anything I read – is if it works for you – don’t change it.   

    I do know that some Type 1 diabetics say coffee raises their BG’s as well – whether it’s to do with adrenal rush (I maybe wording that wrong here – remember – I am not a medical expert!) – or perhaps they put sugar in their coffee (I do – I bolus for the amount I use).    It really varies on the individual.  


    By: 19556: May, 23, 2014 11:02 AM

    Do you have coffee with that brownie?   As a person with T1D how does it affect your glucose levels?  A new study following over 75,000 people over 4 years shows that increasing coffee consumption reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes.   However, the data (more anecdotal) on coffee consumption in T1D is mixed.   Maybe you have some insight?


    By: FatCatAnna: Apr, 05, 2014 02:29 AM

    A few people in other social areas I posted this recipe have asked if it's possible to make this without chocolate / carob (they are allergic to cocoa). 

    I'm thinking subbing some of the ingredients (brown sugar / Splenda Brown Sugar for the white sugar -  butter or coconut oil for the oils shown in the original post) might be the way to go for making a blonde brownie version of this.  

    I did come along with link quickly - if you find something better - let me know!

    I'll try it out next time I have a tub of ice cream - so it maybe awhile - since I only purchase ice cream a few times a year - it's a sinful treat that I don't like to keep in my freezer (I have no will power - and am TRYING to shed weight with peri-menopause and current diagnosis of Hashimoto's disease - yuppers another auto-immune disease - cursing my Mum's side of the family again!!! )



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