I made some very special keto cupcakes in honor of the diabetes community. These tangy sweet strawberry lemonade cupcakes are perfect for your low carb parties. This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
So I find myself in an interesting position lately of becoming something of a spokesperson for the keto diabetes community. It’s interesting how it has developed and grown. As so many of you are aware, I’ve never done the keto diet for weight loss. I came to the low carb way of life because it seemed like the best way to manage my blood sugar and stay off insulin. My “official” diagnosis is pre-diabetes but I consider myself a Type 2 diabetic. What is pre-diabetes if not a part of the diabetes spectrum? I just happened to catch mine early enough to take action and keep it from getting worse. Lucky me.
Lucky me is right. Because I do actually feel lucky. Lucky to have found this amazing (and delicious) lifestyle, lucky to have the chance to become healthier, lucky to have found a way to express myself through cooking and baking, and truly lucky to have the chance to show others the way. To show others that it’s not as hard as it seems and that it can truly be enjoyable. To show others that the best, perhaps the ONLY way, to truly manage diabetes is with a low carb diet.
So to that end, I am thrilled to tell you that I will be attending and speaking at The Blue Ball in Sioux Falls, SD on April 7th. And the ball itself will feature TWO of my low carb desserts, including these delicious Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes, which I developed specifically for this event.
And as over 300 people will be attending The Blue Ball, my friend’s at Bob’s Red Mill generously donated the almond flour for these desserts. Bob’s has always taken their mission of better nutrition very seriously. They offer some of the best low carb products out there and it makes living with diabetes a whole lot easer. Swerve Sweetener also donated all of the sweetener for the desserts. I am honoured to work with both of these companies.
If you happen to be in the Sioux Falls, SD region AT ALL, I will also be signing books at Pomegranate Market on April 7th! Come join me –> EVENTBRITE
Blue is the colour of Diabetes Awareness, and The Blue Ball is a fundraising event for LetMeBe83.org.
More About Let Me Be 83
Let Me Be 83 is an organization dedicated to helping people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We respectfully reject the ADA guidelines given to newly diagnosed families to count unlimited carbohydrates and try to match their break down with a corresponding dose of insulin. We fundamentally believe that if you have an illness whereby a person can’t break down carbohydrates, the most logical method to manage this disease would be to significantly decrease their carbohydrate consumption.
Insulin is an unpredictable medication. People with diabetes are safer and are less likely to have a dangerously low blood sugar with less insulin in their system. Limiting carbohydrates also reduces the frequency and intensity of elevated blood sugars which lead to life-long complications. Utilizing a low carbohydrate diet and the proper insulins, a person with diabetes can achieve normal blood sugars.
The Blue Ball is an advocacy and awareness fundraiser to raise money for Let Me Be 83. The funds raised this evening will be used to construct patient Success Kits. These comprehensive kits will contain a book called Diabetes Solution, by Dr. Richard K Bernstein, a low-carb keto cookbook by Carolyn Ketchum, a shopping list, a blood sugar journal, an educational booklet, and a fanny pack to transport diabetes supplies. Our goal is to send newly diagnosed families out of the door of the hospital with everything they need to successfully manage their disease.
The founder of Let Me Be 83, Bethany McKenzie and her husband Matt have a 10-year-old son, River, with type 1 diabetes. For 3.5 years they faithfully followed the ADA guidelines to count carbohydrates and dose insulin. They meticulously measured carbs and precisely dosed insulin, yet this still resulted in roller coaster blood sugars and lackluster health for their son. One evening after hitting rock bottom with unpredictable blood sugars, they drastically changed their son’s (and whole family’s diet.) The joy and relief they felt by finally being able to achieve normal blood sugars propelled them to start a foundation so that every family could enjoy this level of health and happiness. Their son is growing and thriving in both academics and athletics, and he inspires other families to gain control of their diabetes.
Low Carb Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
- 6 ounces frozen strawberries thawed
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ cup plus 2 tbsp powdered Swerve Sweetener divided
- ½ cup whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with parchment or silicone liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, protein powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, melted butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon extract, and water and stir until well combined. Add more water if batter is very thick.
- Divide among the prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown and set to the touch. Remove and let cool completely.
- In a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries and lemon juice together. Set aside.
- Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Beat in ½ cup of the powdered sweetener, then beat in the strawberry puree until smooth.
- In another bowl, beat the whipping cream with the remaining 2 tbsp of powdered sweetener until it holds stiff peaks.
- Gently fold the cream cheese mixture and the whipped cream together until no streaks remains. Pipe on to cooled cupcakes and refrigerated at least 1 hour to set.
Many thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for partnering with me to bring you this recipe.