Have you ever found yourself staring at the pantry for an after-school snack?
My oldest son just started kindergarten this year, therefore you could say I am a novice in the lunch packing department. Over the course of this school year I have obtained a wealth of information about everything regarding lunch packing, thanks to my MOMables subscription.
After the first month of school; he came home one day and said, “Why don’t you ever pack me dessert, mom?” Even though I knew the answer before asking, I inquired why he thought he needed a dessert with lunch. He said: “Well, all my friends have dessert in their lunches.” Yes, this already starts in kindergarten!
If you didn’t know this already, my son has type 1 diabetes. So… traditional “desserts” are out since they tend to be high in carbohydrates and sugar.
Because of his type 1 diabetes, it can be challenging to keep the carbohydrate count in his lunches within a reasonable range while making them with healthy and nutritious foods.
Adding a treat to his lunch? Well, this could be a carb/sugar bomb waiting to go off. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t ever get treats. But while he is at school we like to take every precaution possible to ensure the best management of his blood sugar. We try to save treats for when he is at home.
Sympathizing with his request, I went on a search for items that qualified as desserts that were low carbohydrate and didn’t completely forfeit nutritional value. You have to get a little creative to fit those criteria, but it is possible.
I came across these Baked Cinnamon Sugar Chips on the MOMables blog and made them diabetic friendly. I used my go to tortillas, which are only 7 carbohydrates each, and made a cream cheese and yogurt based dip to go with them. My son absolutely loved it! The dip was excellent on the chips but also tasted great with fruit. This gave him his dessert fix, while still staying in his target carbohydrate range for lunches- the ultimate win-win!
Of course, if you don’t worry about the carb count, just enjoy this as a little lunch treat, after school snack or pre-soccer practice tray.
4 baked cinnamon sugar chips (1 tortilla cut into fourths) = 10
2 Tablespoons dip= 5
Carbohydrate Total= 15 carbohydrates
*Calculations may vary depending on brand of tortilla and yogurt used.
- 3-4 medium sized tortillas
- Heart cookie cutter (or any other shape)
- 2 Tablespoon butter, melted
- 3 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4oz reduced-fat cream cheese
- 6oz vanilla yogurt
- 2 teaspoons sugar, honey or maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar together.
- Using your cookie cutter, cut hearts out of your tortillas.
- With a basting brush, lightly coat your heart chips with butter on each side.
- Sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mixture on each side of the tortilla.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes
- Let the chips fully cool before enjoying!
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, yogurt, sugar and cinnamon until smooth.
- Serve with cinnamon chips and/or fruit.