How to Carb Count Recipes

One thing that I had trouble with was figuring out how many carbs would be in any given recipe I would make. I spent countless hours finding recipes that had their carb information included, but the supply was limited. Then it dawned on me… I could figure it out on my own! Here’s how:

  1. Look at the ingredients list- When you look at the ingredients list, figure out everything that has carbs on the list. Look at the nutrition labels if you are not sure. Some common things that have carbs are: milk, flour, and sugar.                                                               photo1
  2. Look at the labels- Find the nutrition labels on the packages of the ingredients. There will be a serving size and the amount of carbohydrates for that serving size.
  3. Figure out how many servings of each ingredient are in the recipe- For example, if the serving size is 1/4 cup, and the recipe calls for 1/2 cup, there are 2 servings in that recipe. Do this for all the ingredients in the recipe.
  4. Multiply the number of servings by the number of carbs per serving in each ingredient- For example, if there are 2 servings of flour in a recipe and each serving of flour has 20 grams of carbs (this is made up), then the recipe would have 40 grams of carbsImage
  5. Add all of the carbs together. This will give you the total amount of carbohydrates for the entire recipe.                                                                        Image
  6. Divide the total carbs in the recipe by the number of servings you got from the recipe. Do this after you have finished making the recipe– For example, if an entire recipe has a total of 200 grams of carbs in it and it yielded 20 cookies, each cookie would have 10 grams of carbs 🙂                      Image

This is just an example. If you are going to use this recipe, be sure to use sugar substitutes to make it more diabetic friendly!