Diabetic Pecan Pie Recipe

How to change a regular pecan pie recipe into a delicious diabetic pecan pie recipe.

One of the worst parts of being diagnosed with diabetes is that you may have to make substantial changes to your lifestyle. It can mean that you’ll have to cut the amount of sugar you intake everyday to meet your blood sugar level requirements. It can also mean that you will either have to stop eating certain foods completely or modify certain recipes so they will have less of an impact on your blood sugar level.

Today, I will put a spin on an all time favorite: pecan pie. When people think of pecan pie, the first thing they think about is how sweet it is. Pecan pie cannot possibly be made into a diabetic friendly recipe? – Or can it? Well let me show you a couple of changes you can make to the regular pecan pie recipe so it can take less of a toll on your condition.

The basic pecan pie recipe usually consists of:

  • An unbaked pie shell
  • Karo syrup
  • Pecans

Pie shells are usually filled with refined sugars which can be disastrous for someone who is affected by diabetes. The best way to circumvent that inconvenience is by going for a whole wheat pie crust. Whole wheat is made of complex carbohydrates that are slowly decomposed by the body and have less of an impact on your blood sugar level. You can either buy a pre-made whole wheat crust or create your own replacing white flour with whole wheat flour and sugar with a sugar free sweetener such as Splenda.

Another potentially dangerous ingredient in pecan pie is karo syrup. Karo syrup is very high in sugar and may have a huge effect on your glucose level. There are many alternatives to karo syrup that you can use to make the recipe more suitable for diabetics. The best alternative to karo syrup is maltitol syrup. Maltitol syrup is a derivative of malt. It is not a sugar and does not activate your glucose. It is used as a softener in all gums to keep the base soft and pliable. It is also gluten free. Maltitol syrup will allow you to keep the regular texture of the pecan pie filling without affecting your blood sugar level.

Now, all you have to do is go with your usual pecan pie recipe and replace the karo syrup or any other sweetening agent with maltitol syrup and replace the regular crust for a whole wheat pie crust. While maltitol syrup may not be as readily available as karo syrup, it is well worth the trouble of enjoying small pleasures of life such as a delicious piece of pecan pie. You don’t have to say goodbye to all of your favorites just because you have diabetes; sometimes, a couple of small adjustments can be enough to turn the sweetest of desserts into a diabetic friendly treat…