These refined sugar free brownies are a real treat – super gooey in the middle and hard on top, just as a brownie should be!
When I decided to cut out refined sugar, one thing I didn’t ever, ever want to stop having were my favourite chewy chocolate chip cookies. Fortunately for me, although perhaps unfortunately for my overused oven, I didn’t have to.
Previously, when baking chocolate chip cookies I would use heaps of brown sugar, flour and sugar laden chocolate. Now, after (happily) testing out many different versions, I have developed my best cookie recipe yet.
I have been experimenting for a while to make a refined sugar free alternative to the ever so popular lemon and poppy seed cake. As I was using honey as an alternative to refined sugar, the cakes were coming out quite dense, with each cake I became more and more frustrated and hungry. Then it hit me, the idea I mean, not the heavy cakes, that would have knocked me out cold, ground nuts! I tried one last attempt using ground almonds instead of flour and it finally worked! The cake is super light and fluffy with a soft lemon flavour that leaves you with a light, summery aftertaste.
This recipe started out as an experiment using chestnut flour from Planet Organic which I was given as a gift from my work colleagues. I was really excited to bake with chestnut flour as I’d been eyeing up alternative flours in the wholefoods aisle for some time now. How things change, this time last year I had no idea what chestnut flour even was and here I am today, ecstatic over flour from a nut.
Happy New Year! Many of you may be starting the year with the intentions to eat healthier, ‘new year, new you’ etc. Others, like myself, may be on the continuous journey to find new ways to consume chocolate. Whichever category you fall in to, these raw chocolate brownie bites are both chocolatey and healthy, with no refined sugars or artificial flavouring.
I’m just going to start this off by saying that if it was socially acceptable to drink mulled wine for breakfast, I totally would. With that as background information, I think you can understand my intense disappointment when I realised that most store bought, bottled mulled wine contains added sugars. Don’t feel too bad for me, it took me about 30 seconds to grab the stranger next to me in the wine aisle by the collar and say ‘I’ll just make it myself!’* and I’ve been existing 50% on my sugar free mulled wine recipe ever since.
It is so simple to make mulled wine, all you need is a stove top, some spices and of course, a bottle of red wine.
*NOTE: This is not 100% true, I was actually in the checkout line.
Sugar Free Mulled Wine Recipe – Ingredients – Serves 4 (or just you, I ain’t here to judge)
1 Bottle of red wine
3 Bay leaves (supplied by Bearfaced Groceries)
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 Teaspoon of cloves
1/3 Teaspoon of grated nutmeg, for good measure
Pour the wine into a small pot.
Add the bay leaves and spices.
Cover the pot with a lid and leave to simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
Enjoy with cheese, on the bus on the way to work (what – who said that) or with sugar free gingerbread cookies