Friday, April 22, 2011

Brownie Cheesecake, anyone?

Since I've already admitted to being the imperfect diabetic, I'll go ahead and make my brownie cheesecake confession.  My oldest child is not very domestic, so when she asked to bake yesterday I was all over it.  She wanted to make a brownie cheesecake recipe that she had made in school recently for a get-together a group of them was having today.  I nicely informed her that if she only made one brownie cheesecake, it wouldn't make it to the party.  She had to make two.

So last night we went to the store to purchase the few things we didn't have at home already.  One of her close friends has celiac disease and is on a gluten free diet as a result.  A proud parent moment came to me last night as my daughter asked if she could make the cheesecake gluten free.  Of course!  I really care about her friend and wanted to include her in as many of the goodies as possible.  We found gluten free brownie mix.  It was three times the price of the regular brownie mix that we were buying (on sale), but I considered it my gift to the friend. 

Then the questions came... What about chocolate chips?  Cream cheese?  Vanilla extract?  Were they all gluten free as well?  We didn't want to go to the effort and expense of gluten free brownies only to add something else that contained gluten.  We weren't at the grocery store that keeps a dietician on staff and lots of information, so I did the next best thing.  We called the friend's mom.  (Thankfully it was only a little after 9 pm, so I felt ok about calling her.)  She gave the all clear to the other ingredients.

So last night, my oldest makes a gluten free brownie cheesecake.  This morning, she made the non-gluten free version.  I had suggested baking them at the same time to save time, but she wanted to avoid possible cross-contamination between the gluten-possessing and gluten-free desserts.  Very smart!  And very thoughtful!

So this evening, while she is with her friends enjoying the gluten-free goodness, we had the gluten-containing dessert.  My little ones didn't care for the cheesecake portion, but gobbled up the brownie.  (Here comes my confession...)  *sigh*  Not only did I eat my piece of brownie cheesecake, but I also at the cheesecake portion of two other pieces.  I know, I know.  I can feel my sugar rising as I type.  Thankfully I cut all the pieces small, so it's not as bad as it could have been.  No, I don't do this on a regular basis. Yes, I'm still human, and this human loves the brownie cheesecake made by her oldest child!

I'm still debating if I want to test my glucose levels.  I know it's got to be high.  I don't take medication for my diabetes, so testing wouldn't help me with dosage levels.  It's almost 10 pm and I'm not going to work out.  I already know it would not be wise to have another slice (or any other food with a trace of carbs for that matter!).  Testing right now, honestly, would only be for my own curiosity.  Ok, I'll do it....

After carefully washing my hands to make sure there wasn't a sign of the yummy delicious brownie cheesecake on my fingers, I tested my sugar.  I was actually surprised.  177.  I was expecting posibly higher, but maybe not.  I knew I was over 150, but I wasn't sure if I was as high as 200.  I have a few things to do before bed (get two sleeping kids off the couches and upstairs, tidy up the kitchen a little, etc), so hopefully it will start going down. 

Was the brownie cheesecake made by my amazing child worth the slightly elevated glucose levels?  You bet!

1 comment:

  1. Water, vinegar, lemon juice, cinnamon and exercise can all help lower your blood glucose naturally. The best approach is exercise. If your monitor is reading high, try a ten minute swift walk around the block. I'm type 2 on pills and have learned these tips the hard way. Hope this helps.