Before I dive into the cupcakes, a quick update. Tomorrow, I will be sharing how you can buy Health Buddy Melissa gift cards for loved ones for Christmas, and a cool freebie for five lucky people. So, be sure and check back tomorrow.
Now for the cupcakes. October 18th is Chocolate Cupcake Day. If you have CKD then you know chocolate has Phosphorus and Potassium, and store-bought cake mixes have added Phosphorus in the form of preservatives. These added phosphates are 100% absorbed by the body and are a hidden danger for people with CKD. So, here are a few tips to make the chocolate cupcakes more CKD friendly. For starters make them from scratch, not a box mix. There are tons of lovely recipes all over the web for mixes made from scratch. Use white flour to get the lowest amount of Phosphorus and Potassium. I don’t particularly like frosting from scratch, but that is another great way to know exactly what is in your cupcake. Another great tip is to have a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting or chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting. Again, store-bought frosting is going to have phosphates added to it as a preservative. Only eat one cupcake, and freeze the rest, or give them away. Now at my house, they would get eaten and I would be lucky to get one. Davita has a great cupcake in a mug recipe. However, it uses store-bought mixes and goes in the microwave. I don’t microwave food. But, that is another whole blog post. You could make your own dry mix and store it then make a cupcake in a mug when you want one. If you don’t own a microwave, simply make one cupcake in a muffin tin at a time. If you have food allergies, or sensitivities just alter the recipe as needed, but there are tons online for people with food sensitivities. Instead of adding eggs to your mix, if it calls for eggs, use applesauce. You would use a 1/4 cup of applesauce for each egg required. That will cut way down on Phosphorus. If you decide to make a Peanut Butter frosting, remember it may very like have Protein as well in it. If your doctor or dietitian has recommended you avoid any ingredients I have mentioned, then please do so. I read a very interesting article on Phosphorus in food, and I will be doing a blog post on that soon.
For Diabetics use unsweetened applesauce in place of eggs, especially if you also have CKD. Use the mug method mentioned above, use Stevia when making your own mix, or frosting, if sugar is called for. You could use other sugar substitutes I just prefer Stevia. Stevia is much sweeter than table sugar so be aware of that.
Just because you have CKD, or Diabetes does not mean you can not enjoy a chocolate cupcake.