Flavoring products for those with gastroparesis and diabetes are somewhat limited. It is easier to flavor drinks with chocolate sauce or cinnamon
than it is to find sugar-free, no-fiber low-fat fillings for many desserts. I like Smuckers selections to add fruit fillings to thumbprint cookies even your children will like. (www.Smuckers.com/products). You can find a few flavors that aren’t at the local Kroegers, such as Guava and Black Raspberry.
They even have a seedless strawberry jelly which would make a good filling for a jelly roll. I’d jazz it up with a thick vanilla pudding made from scratch or a packaged mix made with 1 1/2 cup milk instead of the usual 2.
Spread it on the flat jelly roll before the jelly, not all the way to end – it spreads as you roll.
You’ll need a jelly roll pan, that’s the ‘cookie sheet’ with the rim around the edges. You might get away with a a 13 x 9 casserole dish, or even a rectangular roasting pan! Prepare your fillings first! A jelly roll made as it is with a sponge cake, doesn’t take long to bake. (10 minutes or less @ 350 degrees). I use a parchment baking sheet to help unmold it later.
Sponge cake recipes abound and some are easier than others. Joy of Cooking recommends a Hot-Milk sponge and you can make this in a multitude of flavors, including chocolate, which is as you may know, the foundation of the infamous Buche de Noel, a Christmas tradition. For those with diabetes try Smucker’s Hot Fudge topping as a frosting substitute. You’ll need to find your own recipes – they’re simple but depend on technique. I recommend making a few small cakes before having a grand presentation. You might be serving scrambled eggs with flour and chocolate topping ! Surprise! You betcha.
Sprinkle powdered diabetic sugar on top. Buy some xylitol at the health food store. Take 1/3 cup and put it in your clean coffee bean grinder.Zap ’til it looks just like…
If you do this right, it can be a stunning centerpiece, but in any case it’ll taste yummy.