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The holidays can be not as exciting for individuals with gut health issues. A nice banana bread or sugar-free peppermint zucchini bread can seriously make all the difference when having dessert options at your family gathering.
Sugar-Free Peppermint Zucchini Bread Bundt Cake: Easy Way To Make The Holiday Season Healthier
Years ago when I worked on a cardiac floor of a local hospital there were many patients with Clostridioides difficile infection (more commonly known as C. diff). It’s important to remember that C. diff sufferers still want to be with loved ones at the holidays and food is part of these gatherings. In particular, desserts can cause gut health issues for someone with recurrent C. diff.
What is C. diff?
Ferring Microbiome is an excellent resource for information about C. diff.
First, it’s important to understand just what C. diff is. This infection is extremely contagious and can cause major gut health issues. Certain holiday foods can be particularly menacing to someone who suffers from C. diff by triggering their issues. Anyone can be affected by this infection, but it tends to strike those who are taking, or have recently taken, antibiotics, have weakened immune systems, have been in the hospital for an extended period, are in a long-term care facility or are 65 years or older.
I myself have gut health issues and have to be careful with the various foods or desserts that I eat. Otherwise my system is thrown out of whack for days! It can at times be very upsetting and depressing. A person with C. diff will often suffer from relapse in infection, which is called recurrent c. diff. They worry constantly about recurrence and the foods that can trigger a reaction. Doctors are the best source of telling you what you can eat during and even after a C. diff infection.
If you are suffering from a C. diff infection, it’s important to speak with your doctor about your situation and how to help prevent C. diff recurrence. Ferring Microbiome has so much good information for patients as well as family members.
Here is a gut-friendly dessert option that is an excellent way to make the holiday season happier and healthier.
Sugar-Free Peppermint Zucchini Bread Recipe
Sugar-free peppermint zucchini bread is the healthier alternative to cake and it’s perfect for baking in a bundt pan so it’s in cake form! By simply adding some crushed sugar free peppermints you’ll create a delicious holiday dessert that all of your guests will love.
2 cups sugar substitute (such as Splenda)
1 cup oil
2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium size zucchini)
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup crushed sugar-free peppermints
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1.) Shred 2 cups of zucchini.
2.) Combine eggs, sugar substitute and oil into large mixing bowl.
3.) Mix well.
4.) Add flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon to the mixture.
5.) Mix well.
6.) Add vanilla, shredded zucchini and coconut.
7.) Mix well.
8.) Fold in crushed sugar-free peppermint.
9.) Pour dough into bundt pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and dusted lightly with flour.
10.) Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.
11.) Before completely cool, flip the bundt pan over onto a cooling rack.
12.) Serve alone or with fruit.
This sugar-free peppermint zucchini bundt cake is delicious and so easy to make. The entire family will enjoy this recipe. Not just the family member the dessert is prepared specifically for. Depending on their dietary restrictions, other family members might like to have a chocolate ganache drizzled on top or a slice served with whipped cream.
Need more ideas for how to help the family members with C. diff have a more enjoyable holiday? Get more information from Ferring Microbiome HERE.