Last night while we were at the roller derby (yes, roller derby! which actually was fun) a friend of ours asked if I had any suitable cake recipes for someone with Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol and I immediately thought of this one.
The requirements for someone with both conditions is to choose food that is low GI, low in saturated fat and high in soluble fibre. This cake is all of those things – low GI, low in saturated fat and a good source of soluble fibre. The other thing to consider of course is the serving size. Keeping to around 15g of carbohydrate for a snack serve is a good guide (which is roughly equivalent to a medium sized piece of fruit)
This is a high fibre chewy style of cake that is rather delicious straight out of the oven and can be spread with low fat cream cheese or ricotta for a few extra calories. It is very filling and keeps suprisingly well, but I can only guarantee 4 days as in my house it is all gone by then!
Fig Date and Walnut Loaf or Muffins
Makes 18 muffins or 1 loaf cut into 18 slices
- ½ cup dried figs, chopped
- ½ cup dried dates, chopped
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 50g margarine (or butter if you don’t have high cholesterol)
- 125ml water
- 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
- ½ cup wholemeal plain flour
- 1 cup wholemeal self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 small banana, over-ripe and mashed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Place figs, dates, sugar, butter or margarine and water in a small saucepan and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from stove, add soda, stir through well, then allow to cool.
Meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 160 degrees and grease and line the base of a loaf tin or paper line muffin trays.
Sift together flours, ginger and cinnamon. Add walnuts. Mix together banana, egg and vanilla. Add to date mixture, then fold in dry ingredients.
Spoon mixture into loaf tin or muffin tins and bake for 40 minutes/15 minutes approximately, until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Remove from tins and cool on wire rack
17g carbohydrate (approx 1 carbohydrate serve/exchange)
0.6g saturated fat