Iced Spiced Biscuits

Now this isn’t the healthiest recipe but I have been making these biscuits since I was a child, my Auntie Kath and I would make them for when my brother and Dad got home from football and they are my all time favourite at this time of year. I made them for my neighbours last …

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Plum and Almond Cake

This cake is gluten free and a really delicious way to use up any excessive plums at this time of year.

Almond, Beetroot and Cacao Cupcakes

Although these have beetroot in them, you can barely taste it so it’s a great way to get extra vegetables into children’s diets. Beetroots also contain betaine which is great for supporting the liver. The avocado in the frosting is well hidden and another great way to sneak extra vegetables into children’s diets. Avocadoes are an essential fat for the body and are great for supporting brain development and healthy skin. These are really indulgent and a deliciously chocolately alternative to cupcakes laden with sugar.

Date, Almond and Cacao balls

These are super quick to whip up, taste great and are a healthy treat on the go. I use almonds and dried cranberries but any mixed nuts or dried fruit will work. I also soak the dates for 10 minutes before but this isn’t essential. Whilst I’m not a fan of too much dried fruit due to excessive fructose, as these are mixed with nuts which are more in quantity than the dates, this slows down the absorption of the fructose and prevents any blood sugar peak.

Fruit and Nut Bites

These delicious fruit and nut bites are one of my essential snacks as they offer a small sweet kick without being a guilty treat. I adapted the recipe from Marilynn Glenville’s book ‘natural alternatives to sugar’ but have found it so popular with friends and family, especially children, I decided to publish it on here. Can be made in a batch and stored in an air tight container for around a week. I use mixed spice for flavouring but this is optional or you can experiment with your own depending on your taste preferences.

Fruit and Chia Seed Jam

This is such a quick and easy way to make jam which doesn’t require a whole tonne of sugar! Use any fruit of your preference, I find it a great way to use up fruit which is ‘on the turn’. The chia seeds are what gives it the jam consistency and if the fruit is ripe, you won’t need to add sweetener. if it is a little on the tart side, then a drizzle of honey or maple syrup is fine! Delicious on toast, stirred into porridge or as a topping on puddings.

Indulgent Cacao and Banana Puddings

I whipped these up quickly one evening when I was craving an indulgent pudding, simple ingredients which I had in the cupboard anyway. The maca powder adds a malty taste which I adore as, when mixed with cacao, the pudding takes on a caramel flavour. Maca powder can be expensive so if you buy it, use it in smoothies too so it doesn’t become one of those ingredients that sits unused! Or leave it out altogether, the pudding will still be delicious! These puddings are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.