Energy bars: delicious & diabetes-friendly!

Editor’s note: This is a guest post for the American Diabetes Association. It will be featured in the ADA Tour de Cure’s Twin Cities July Red Rider Reader.

New Note (added after original publishing): I mentioned in the original post that I would try making pumpkin maple bars in the future. I made some last night and they were a hit! They were so very good that I will definitely make them again! After posting a picture of them on Facebook last night, I had several requests for the recipe. I have updated this post to reflect the addition of Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal Bars (seen below the Banana Chocolate Almond Bar recipe!)

Hello Red Riders! How is your summer going? Did you enjoy the Tour de Cure this year? I had a blast! It could not have been a more perfect day – weather wise and everything else too. Plus we raised a lot of money to help STOP diabetes. Yay! We had 1,805 riders and so far raised more than $630,000! Woohoo! It is wonderful to see so many people come together for a great cause. And as someone living with Type 1 diabetes I sincerely appreciate each person’s hard-earned efforts helping us move closer to a cure for diabetes. It fills my heart with so much gratitude and hope. I’m already looking forward to next year! June 1, 2013 is the date. Mark your calendars!

I received a special request for this month’s recipe for the Red Rider Reader – ENERGY BARS!! I thought this was a great idea as we are out cycling and active this summer. A healthy energy bar is an ideal snack for anyone before, during or after cycling or any other exercise. Thanks for this fabulous suggestion Janeece Oatman! Janeece is the amazingly talented and passionate Associate Director for the Twin Cities & Rochester, Minnesota Tour de Cure rides. Continue reading

Be my Valentine Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I am excited and honored to be writing this as a guest post for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It is a recipe for the Minnesota Red Riders riding in the 2012 ADA Tour de Cure bike ride! Welcome and GO RED RIDERS!!! Woohoo!! This will be my second year as a Red Rider and I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 24 years. When brainstorming recipes to include in our first Red Rider Reader, I knew right away this was the one!

It is one of my favorite dessert recipes and quickly became well-loved by family and friends. I have served it at family gatherings and events as elegant as a bridal luncheon — where my husband’s Aunt Loene once proclaimed, “This is the best flourless chocolate cake I have ever eaten!” Continue reading