Sugar Free Londoner http://sugarfreelondoner.com Easy And Delicious Family Recipes Without Sugar Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:58:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Low Carb Zucchini Muffins http://sugarfreelondoner.com/low-carb-zucchini-muffins/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/low-carb-zucchini-muffins/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:51:46 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=5153 Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. They are grain free and sugar free. These days, I’ve been thinking about mother’s love. My daughter has just come back from a week long school trip abroad, during which I made worrying one of my favourite pastimes. The 11-hour-long bus trip....

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Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. They are grain free and sugar free.

Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. Grain free and sugar free.   

These days, I’ve been thinking about mother’s love.

My daughter has just come back from a week long school trip abroad, during which I made worrying one of my favourite pastimes. The 11-hour-long bus trip. Caving. Rock-climbing. Kayaking through rapids. Imagine all the things that could have happened!

Friends, I always thought I was a cool mom (most of the time, at least). And while I tried to keep up that relaxed facade, deep down I did not like her being away one little bit.

Not cool at all.

Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. Grain free and sugar free.   

On a rational level it’s obvious that kids need to find their own way, grow more independent each day and our job as mothers and parents is to let go bit by bit. I remember well those times I used to claim more freedom than I was given when I grew up. When the world starts to open up, you are growing into yourself and you just cannot wait to get older, life just keeps on getting better.

No-one had prepared me that growing up is way more difficult for parents than it is for children! On the one hand, the enjoyment and pride of seeing your child mastering life is immense. But there is this darn bittersweet tinge that you just feel you shouldn’t have lurking in the background. That’s the uncool bit us wannabe cool moms try to hide from them. Let’s call it the clingy-clucky-mom-reflex. It can be rather overwhelming!

Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. Grain free and sugar free.   

Well, to make myself feel a little better, I thought I’d find some wise quotes about mother’s love.

  • “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” Agatha Christie
  • “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm
  • “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”– Jewish proverb
  • “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C Garretty

Aaah. Nice.

Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. Grain free and sugar free.   

Obviously, there is another way to channel your unconditional mother’s love – through food. Good food!

Maybe that’s why I made low carb zucchini muffins today.

They are basically muffins injected with an extra dose of mother’s love – in the form of grated zucchini.

As my regular readers will know well, my muffin pan sees a lot of action. Some of my breakfast favourites are these grab & go low carb muffins and my chocolate banana muffins. I love pure egg muffins such as my slightly confusingly named spinach & chive mini quiches or these chorizo egg muffins. Don’t get me started on the dessert front – the list would be endless.

Low carb zucchini muffins are the bomb!

Zucchini aka courgette is such an easy-going veggie. I love it in salads, sliced and fried in a little oil and garlic as a side and I hide it in practically any tomato-based sauce.

Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. Grain free and sugar free.   

Its slightly sweet, unassuming taste makes it a perfect ingredient in muffins. It gives just the right amount of moisture and, weirdly, FRESHNESS. Not sure whether this is because of KNOWING I’m eaten a vegetable or whether the individual taste is actually shining through. Plus, you get the added benefit of feeling slightly smug/clever for adding a veggie into the mix, a bit like when you make chocolate avocado ice cream.

I use cinnamon and nutmeg in this recipe, which works really well. Don’t miss out the nutmeg (unless you truly detest the taste of it). Whilst the zucchini is the secret star, it’s the nutmeg that seeks attention – in all the right ways. I got the idea from this paleo coconut zucchini bread recipe from Detoxinista.

In my first attempt, I used less coconut flour. If you do this, you’ll get a lighter muffin that tastes good, but is ever so slightly on the eggy side. To get your muffin lighter, you can also separate the eggs, whip up the egg whites and fold them in after mixing the rest of dough.

And one more note – if you have kids with a keen anti-vegetable radar, simply peel the skin off before grating the zucchini. That way you don’t see the tell-tale green specks when you dig in.

That’s clever mother’s love!

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Yields 8 muffins

Low Carb Zucchini Muffins

Low carb zucchini muffins are a tasty snack or grab & go breakfast. Grain free and sugar free.

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 75g (3/4 cup) coconut flour
  • 125g (1 cup packed) grated courgette/zucchini
  • 75ml (1/3 cup) melted coconut oil
  • 30g (1/4 cup) erythritol or xylitol
  • 4 drops liquid stevia (equivalent to 1 tsp table sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius/356 Fahrenheit
  2. Grate the zucchini and melt your coconut oil in a pan or the microwave. If you do not want to see green specks in your muffins, peel the zucchini first.
  3. Combine all ingredients except the zucchini in a bowl or a food processor and mix well.
  4. Stir in the zucchini.
  5. Line a muffin pan with paper cups and half-fill each cup with the dough.
  6. Bake at 180 Celsius for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Notes

I used both erythritol and liquid stevia in this recipe, because I find that this prevents either taste (the cooling taste of erythritol and the metallic taste of stevia) from coming through.

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Sugar Free Londoner – Best Food Blog Finalist!! http://sugarfreelondoner.com/bib-awards-sugar-free-londoner-best-food-blog-finalist/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/bib-awards-sugar-free-londoner-best-food-blog-finalist/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:43:38 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=5145 First of all, a huuuuuuuge THANK YOU! I feel grateful and humbled that so many of you nominated Sugar Free Londoner for the Bib Brilliance in Blogging Awards, one of the largest and most renowned blog awards in the UK. Because of you, Sugar Free Londoner has made it into the final 8! Amazeballs. Guys,...

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First of all, a huuuuuuuge THANK YOU!

I feel grateful and humbled that so many of you nominated Sugar Free Londoner for the Bib Brilliance in Blogging Awards, one of the largest and most renowned blog awards in the UK.

Because of you, Sugar Free Londoner has made it into the final 8!

Amazeballs.

Guys, I need you one more time.

Vote here to help Sugar Free Londoner win!

BiB Awards Finalist Sugar Free Londoner

It’s been almost 1 1/2 years since I launched this website, sharing my favourite meals and secretly plotting to make the whole world sugar free.

Along the way, I’ve gained something way more amazing than this growing compendium of easy sugar free and low carb recipes: a network of wonderful, like-minded people who are just as passionate about healthy eating as I am – yes, I mean you!

Finally, I can have lengthy discussions about the stuff that gets me excited, such as:

  • the Almond vs coconut flour debate (and which crackers rule – these Paleo almond crackers or these cheese thyme crackers)
  • what are the best sweeteners for which dish (aka are you in the stevia camp – I used it here in my orange almond breakfast cake – or an erythritol lover – gosh, I use it just all the time. The proof is all over the dessert section of this site)
  • how many ways can you make eggs for breakfast (this is a very long discussion).

I could go on, but you get the picture. You are food nerds too, that’s why you are reading this.

Have you got a minute? Head over to the BiB Awards voting form and make sure you click on Sugar Free Londoner in the Best Food Blog category.

A healthy version of an all time favourite candy: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy a decadent treat without the sugar rush. The best things in life are simple - like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles. Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free. These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients! This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges - skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia.

It would mean the world to me.

Voting is open from Monday 19th June through Sunday 2nd July at 23:45 UK time.

Thanks, friends. And as always – let me know what sugar free recipes you’d like to see next – I’d love to hear from you on Facebook, Instagram or, of course, here on the blog.

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Low Carb Gluten Free Twix Bars http://sugarfreelondoner.com/low-carb-gluten-free-twix-bars/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/low-carb-gluten-free-twix-bars/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:02:12 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4983 Low carb gluten free Twix bars are a healthy version of an all time favourite candy. Enjoy a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   Perfection, my friends, is overrated. Imperfection is where it’s at! Why, might you ask? It’s simple. Perfection is the opposite of fun. The way to the top of the pile...

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Low carb gluten free Twix bars are a healthy version of an all time favourite candy. Enjoy a decadent treat without the sugar rush.

A healthy version of an all time candy favourite: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy the pleasure of a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   

 

Perfection, my friends, is overrated.

Imperfection is where it’s at!

Why, might you ask?

It’s simple. Perfection is the opposite of fun. The way to the top of the pile is littered with failure, disappointment, nervous cramped stomachs and sweaty armpits.

If you strive for perfection, you are telling yourself that anything less is not good enough. What a depressingly negative outlook on life.

A healthy version of an all time candy favourite: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy the pleasure of a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   

And anyway – will you enjoy life more if you looked like a supermodel? Will you have more fun if you have a home straight off the pages of the Architectural Digest? Are you going to feel true inner peace if Anna Wintour is jealous of your wardrobe? Will your existence be greatly improved if your kids win all the gold medals at school sports day? If your face is forever wrinkle-free?

There you go. Imperfection is about being open-minded and relaxed. It’s about being able to think out of the box. About enjoying all aspects of life and embracing the journey.

Friends, let’s be proud all our idiosyncrasies and peculiarities. Let’s be happy about who and what we are, because that’s what makes us unique, interesting, special – quite simply, perfect in our imperfection.

A healthy version of an all time candy favourite: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy the pleasure of a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   

And for goodness sake, let’s chill out in the kitchen! As long as a dish tastes amazing and is made with love, is it really important how perfect it looks?

Now you get my drift. I’m looking for some open-minded thinking here.

Friends, these low carb gluten free Twix bars would not pass the perfection test in terms of presentation.

But they taste so good!

A healthy version of an all time candy favourite: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy the pleasure of a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   

I had just made this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce and was keen to incorporate it into a dish. Low carb gluten free Twix bars seemed like the perfect candidate!

In the recipe description below, I am putting forward two different ways to spread out the ground almond dough. If you roll it out between 2 sheets of baking paper, you’ll get it looking perfectly smooth and straight, which will most certainly result in a more handsome Twix.

As you can see, I just pressed the dough into a casserole dish lined with baking paper. When I poured over the chocolate topping, the chocolate ran over and around the irregular sides and some settled underneath the almond base (which incidentally made it look more like a “real” Twix bar!).

A healthy version of an all time candy favourite: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy the pleasure of a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   

To make your low carb gluten free Twix bars look 100% professional, you’d need to use a silicone mold like this. Pour some of the chocolate at the bottom, cut the baked almond base into the correct size, add the caramel and finish off with chocolate.

Not difficult, a little more time-consuming but thankfully, absolutely not necessary. Because we’re all about the taste, right?

Once you bite into your very own healthy homemade perfectly imperfect Twix, you’ll know you’re in your happy place.

Enjoy!

If you are interested in trying your hand at other little morsels, you could also check out my sugar free pistachio chocolates or these matcha latte chocolates.

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Serves 25g bar

Low Carb Gluten Free Twix Bars

A healthy version of an all time candy favourite: low carb gluten free twix bars! Enjoy the pleasure of a decadent treat without the sugar rush.   

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Ingredients

  • For the shortbread base
  • 2 cups (200g) ground almonds
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla bean powder
  • For the caramel
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut milk (full fat, from a can)
  • 4 tbsp Sukrin Fibre Syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • For the chocolate topping
  • 1/4 cup (60g) good quality coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (20g) 100% unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp Sukrin Fibre Syrup
  • (alternatively: 80g (1/3 cup) melted chocolate, at least 85% cocoa solids

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius/350 Fahrenheit.
  2. First, make the shortbread base. Simply mix the ground almonds with the egg and vanilla. Either roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper or line a 9x6 inch pan with baking paper and press the dough down evenly.
  3. Bake for ca 25 minutes or until lightly browned
  4. Next, make the caramel. Bring the coconut milk and fibre syrup to the boil. Turn the heat down and let it bubble away gently until it has reduced by half.
  5. When the shortbread is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool down.
  6. Spread over the caramel and place in the fridge for 10 minutes until it has firmed up.
  7. Now make the chocolate topping - either heat coconut oil in a pan until liquid and add the cacao powder plus 1 tbsp of fibre syrup. Alternatively, melt 80g of dark chocolate (minimum 85% cocoa solids or higher).
  8. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel layer and let it firm up in the fridge.
  9. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

If you want to use a full can of coconut milk (normally 400ml), increase the amount of fibre syrup to 7 tbsp. You'll have some leftovers for waffles/ice cream or pancakes. Just put it into an air tight container and keep it in the fridge.

These bars are quite dense and filling. I found that a good size was around 25g. Therefore, my bars ended up smaller than your regular shop-bought Twix. I have calculated the nutritional info according to a 25g bar.

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2 Ingredient Sugar Free Caramel Sauce http://sugarfreelondoner.com/2-ingredient-sugar-free-caramel-sauce-low-carb-vegan/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/2-ingredient-sugar-free-caramel-sauce-low-carb-vegan/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:02:41 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4949 The best things in life are simple – like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles. Aaaah, simplicity.  There is beauty in simplicity. Think of the clean lines in Scandinavian design. There’s no...

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The best things in life are simple – like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles.

The best things in life are simple - like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles.

Aaaah, simplicity. 

There is beauty in simplicity. Think of the clean lines in Scandinavian design. There’s no fluff, no frills, no sofa cushions with an attitude larger than yours. The Scandis are the masters of creating an atmosphere that’s grown-up and hygge (the infamous Danish trend word that describes anything cosy, charming or special) at the same time. Theirs is a simplicity that oozes friendliness and warmth.

There is calmness and infinite style in simplicity. Take the Japanese tea ceremony, a celebration of the sacred in everyday life. Every movement is deliberate, thoughtful, meaningful, perfection, like a graceful dance. If you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing a tea ceremony, you’ll know it’s as calming as meditation. Unless you’re a child maybe, in which case it’s probably more like… I’ll let you finish that sentence.

The best things in life are simple - like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles.

And last but not least, simplicity is all about easy. I love easy. Who doesn’t?

Easy means no struggle. No hassle. No annoyances. Easy is fun! It’s gratification without having to fight for it. How wonderful is that?

Now, I do see there’s an argument for how much more proud/happy/on top of the world you feel when you’ve worked hard for something and succeeded. That you truly DESERVED whatever it was that you strived for and you EARNED it. That’s what my parents told me and that’s what I tell my own children.

Here’s the secret no parent will ever tell you.

When something is easy, it feels just as good. Because at the heart of easiness lies being CLEVER.

The best things in life are simple - like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles.

This 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce is the simplest, cleverest thing I have made in a while.

It is beauty, perfection and EASY rolled into one. That’s pure joy.

2 ingredients, friends! If a recipe contains only one ingredient, I’m not sure you can call it cooking. Unless it’s an egg maybe.

Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details here. Classic caramel sauce is made with butter, cream and sugar. There are many good low carb versions of caramel sauce online which just replace the sugar with natural sweeteners such as erythritol, xylitol or stevia.

My interest got piqued when I heard from a vegan friend of mine that you can make caramel with coconut milk and agave or maple syrup.

And the idea for 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce was born.

The best things in life are simple - like this 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce. Low carb, vegan and delicious, it can be used in candy or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pancakes or waffles.

I have been playing around with a new product by Sukrin (at least new in the UK) – their fibre syrup. Quick disclosure here: Sukrin sent it to me to try, but I am not getting paid for promoting it in any way. I normally do not go on about a specific product, but this syrup tastes good and has been approved by my daughter, who can sniff out “diet foods” like nobody else I know. It is made with a beneficial prebiotic plant fibre called isomalto-oligosaccharide.

To make the caramel sauce, all you need to do is grab yourself a can of good quality coconut milk (not the milk you can buy in the 1 litre tetra packs – it’s got to be a can so you get a higher fat content) and add 4 tbsp of syrup per 1 US measuring cup of coconut milk. I used a 400ml can, to which I added 7 tbsp of syrup.

Then you let it bubble away happily on the stove until it has reduced by half and turned into a wonderfully sticky, thick caramel sauce. That’s it!

The uses for my 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce are many:

  • You can make homemade candy (watch that space, coming right at ya next week)
  • pour it over cakes
  • spoon over pancakes such as these almond cream cheese pancakes
  • enjoy with waffles
  • add some pumpkin spice and boom, it’s a Christmas sauce.

In terms of simplicity, this sauce is a total winner. No, hang on. You’re the winner. Because you get low carb and sugar free (which equals clever), delicious and EASY in one spoon of happiness. Perfection.

 

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Yields 15 tbsp

2 Ingredient Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (Low Carb, Vegan)

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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5 based on 6 review(s)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put coconut milk and fibre syrup into a small non stick pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and let it reduce to half the amount, stirring frequently. This takes around 20-30 minutes.
  3. Pour your thickened syrup into an airtight container and let it cool down.

Notes

I calculated 1 serving as 1 tbsp To my readers in the US, use 4 tbsp of syrup per 1 cup of coconut milk

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2 Ingredient Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

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Rustic Paleo Bread With Seeds http://sugarfreelondoner.com/rustic-paleo-bread-seeds/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/rustic-paleo-bread-seeds/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:37:38 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4923 This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It’s perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets. Have you ever been to Ibiza? Many people think it’s the kind of place where you go to party with your shirt off, drink 3 litre-buckets of sangria and fall asleep on...

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This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It’s perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets.

 This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It's perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets.

Have you ever been to Ibiza?

Many people think it’s the kind of place where you go to party with your shirt off, drink 3 litre-buckets of sangria and fall asleep on the beach in a drunken stupor whilst turning the colour of a lobster.

You CAN do that in Ibiza.

But you can do so much more.

For me, Ibiza is my secret haven. The nature is beautiful. It’s so peaceful, if you stay away from the hotspots. Coming from a place like London, you’ll notice immediately how clean the air is. You just don’t even want to breathe out any more – just fill your lungs with as much of that beautiful sweet air as possible.

Life slows down.

 This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It's perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets.

Do you know that wonderful feeling of just living in the moment? Enjoying the here and then, not regretting the past or worrying about the future? When you feel like you’ve shaken off the stresses of daily life? Gone all those little niggly things that make you shoulders feel tense and cause the lines of worry in your face. And you realise – they weren’t really that important in the first place.

That’s the feeling I get when I’m in Ibiza.

Why I am talking about a random island in the Med?

Naturally, because of this Rustic Paleo bread.

I went to Ibiza recently and was leafing through this cookbook at a friend’s house. I don’t know about you, but for me reading cookbooks is one of the most relaxing things I can think of. I’m a total recipe nerd – when I see something that looks yummy, I’ll read through the ingredients, the method, the lot. For me, this is as relaxing as an Indian head massage. Or stroking your favourite pet. You get the picture.

This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It's perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets.

This rustic Paleo bread is an adaptation from a recipe in the aforementioned cookbook.

It is so good!

If you want to eat sugar free and low carb, you want to stay away from wheat and switch away from a grain-based diet. A couple of slices of “healthy wholegrain bread” will send your blood sugar levels as high as sucking on a sugar cube does.

I used to eat large amounts of bread – toast with jam for breakfast, a wrap for lunch, a sandwich for dinner. Bread makes for a quick and easy meal. But it does not fill you up for long. Your body is sent on a blood sugar rollercoaster – after feeling satisfied for a couple of hours, your blood sugar levels drop and you end up feeling exhausted and hungy again.

This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It's perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets.

Enter this rustic Paleo bread. It is made with almond flour, eggs, olive oil and MASSES of seeds. Not a grain in sight!

It’s….

  • dense
  • satisfying
  • gluten free and low carb
  • packed with nutrients
  • easy to freeze
  • delicious when toasted
  • perfect with some sugar free jam, such as my raw raspberry vanilla chia jam or sugar free blueberry jam. If you don’t feel like making your own (and are in the UK), check out the stevia-sweetened jams from The Jam Goddess.
  • a great base for fried eggs. Just let that egg yolk run all over your slice of toasted paleo bread and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Yields 20 slices

Rustic Paleo Bread With Seeds

This rustic Paleo bread is nutrient-dense, grain free and packed with seeds. It's perfect for gluten free, sugar free and low carb diets.

5 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 150g (1 1/2 cup) almond flour
  • 80g (1/2 cup) chia seeds
  • 70g (1/2 cup) sesame seeds
  • 140g (1 cup) pumpkin seeds
  • 140g (1 cup) sunflower seeds
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 Celsius/ 340 Fahrenheit
  2. Place the almond flour and eggs in a food processor and mix. You can also do this in a big bowl with a stick blender.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blitz briefly until the seeds are broken down a bit. You want to keep a decent crunch.
  4. Form your dough into a loaf and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake for ca 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned on top
  6. Cool completely before cutting.

Notes

As this bread is very dense and filling, I cut my slices fairly thin. One slice weighed just over 40g (yes, I actually weighed one for you, so I could calculate the nutrition per slice). For me, 1 slice was enough, although my teenage son wanted 2 for breakfast. How many you need will all depend on your personal needs for that day.

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Almond Butter Chocolate Pralines http://sugarfreelondoner.com/almond-butter-chocolate-pralines/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/almond-butter-chocolate-pralines/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 16:23:08 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4907 Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free.   Let’s talk about decadence. It’s had a bit of a bad rep recently, poor old decadence. Sensible people frown upon it. It’s the opposite of minimalism, which is all the rage...

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Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free.

Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free.

 

Let’s talk about decadence.

It’s had a bit of a bad rep recently, poor old decadence. Sensible people frown upon it. It’s the opposite of minimalism, which is all the rage currently. The opposite of frugal – which is, as we all know, also very “now”. Decadence is seen as everything we don’t actually need. It’s over the top, unnecessary, shiny, crass nonsense.

In its purest form, decadence is sitting atop a gigantic yacht moored in Monaco drinking a Methusalem bottle of Dom Perignon. Or pouring its contents into the Med because it’s not bubbly enough. Or showering with it whilst laughing obnoxiously loudly into the perma-blue skies and then stuffing your face with anything that’s smothered in truffle shavings and gold dust.

You get the picture. The trendy minimalist, frugal lot want you to believe that decadence is a no-no.

I beg to differ.

Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free.

There is such a thing as GOOD DECADENCE.

Good decadence is clever, fun and never, ever bad for you. It is that little bit extra in your life that puts a smile on your face. Is good decadence ever naughty? No. How can it be? It’s GOOD!

Good decadence does not necessarily have to be food. But one perfect example of good decadence in edible form are these Almond Butter Chocolate Pralines.

Let me prove it to you. Almond Butter Chocolate Pralines are…

Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free.

1. CLEVER. You do not need to be bake them and they have only 5 ingredients. That’s minimal effort for maximum wow factor.

2. FUN. If you’re like me you will actually have fun making these. You know that calming feeling you get when you’re doing something with your hands (and I don’t mean typing on a computer) – something tactile like pottery for example? Well, rolling those cute little balls, getting your hands dirty and possibly licking them before rinsing them off feels good. (Let me know if you think I’m crazy in the comments!)

If you’re not with me on the prep part, imagine biting into a perfectly formed Almond Butter Chocolate Praline. There is the crunchy chocolate shell, delightfully dark. Then your teeth sink into the almond butter filling. It’s soft and gooey, but with substance. You chew on it, and let yourself get swept away in a whoosh of buttery nuttiness. I’d say there are 3 bites in every praline – that’s 3 times fun!

3. GOOD FOR YOU. What’s actually in Almond Butter Chocolate Pralines? You’ve guessed it: mostly almond butter. I’ve added some almond flour to thicken things up and a bit of sweetener. I used some stevia and Sukrin fibre syrup, which just launched in the UK. I also added cinnamon because I think it makes everything taste better, but that’s entirely optional.

Then the lot is covered in dark chocolate. If you can’t source sugar free chocolate, use a variety with at least 90% cocoa solids. You could even make your own, like I did in my pistachio recipe ). This way we’re  staying low carb and blood sugar levels are stable. This is a treat without drawbacks.

See? Good decadence!

Almond butter chocolate pralines are perfect for those moments when only a decadently nutty bitesized treat will do. Low carb and sugar free.

 

You might remember the coconut tahini bliss balls I posted last year. They are another bite-size morsel I like to make now and then. A lot of you have told me since that they prefer almonds to coconuts, so that’s why I wanted to create a recipe so everyone can choose their favourite.

One of the benefits of no bake recipes is obviously speed. If you don’t want to wait 20 minutes for the chocolate covering of your almond butter chocolate pralines to set, you could also just roll them in 100% cocoa powder. You can still call them almond butter chocolate pralines (how handy is that??). Again, you might like to add some cinnamon to it. Just saying.

Good decadence. It’s the way forward.

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Serves 1

Almond Butter Chocolate Pralines

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 200g / 1 cup smooth almond butter
  • 50-75g / 1/2-3/4 cup almond flour, depending on the thickness of your almond butter
  • 8 drops stevia glycerite (equivalent to 2 tsp sugar)
  • 2 tbsp sugar free syrup (I used Sukrin Fibre syrup )
  • optional: 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Bar of dark chocolate with at least 90% cocoa solids (I melted 80g, of which I used ca 50g)

Instructions

  1. Blend the almond butter with the sweeteners and 50g (1/2 cup) almond flour. Check consistency. If your almond butter is quite runny, as was mine, add another 25g (1/4 cup). You are looking for a dough-like consistency that can be easily rolled into balls without being squishy or falling apart.
  2. Roll into balls weighing ca 10-12g. I got 25 from my mix.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a non stick pan. Depending on the sweetness of your chocolate, you might want to add another 4 drops of liquid stevia (equivalent to 1 tsp of sugar).
  4. Using a spoon, coat each ball in chocolate. This adds ca 2g to the weight of the praline (yes, I did weigh all of this out so I could give you an accurate nutritional breakdown later). I melted an 80g chocolate bar, but ended up using only around 50g.
  5. Place the chocolate-covered pralines on a sheet covered with parchment paper and let them set in the fridge for ca 20 minutes.

Notes

You can use any sweetener you like in this recipe. Personally, I find that by mixing sweeteners you don't get that one overpowering taste which makes sugar free sweets taste like "diet food". However, if you decide to sweeten your chocolate, it's easiest to use either a liquid sweetener or, if using erythritol, make sure it's powdered. Erythritol does not melt like sugar does and the regular granules will just collect at the bottom of your chocolate.

I calculated the nutritional facts on the basis that a sugar free chocolate is used. if you use a dark chocolate with 90% cocoa solids, the 50 g you will use will contain ca 5 grams of sugar. Divided between your 25 pralines, the amount of sugar per praline will only go up by ca 0.2 grams. As always, if a nutritional breakdown is important for your health, don't forget to make your own calculations as well. I do my best, but I cannot guarantee they are 100% accurate as I use an online calculator.

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“Sugar is addictive” – Dr Gaye (PLUS GIVEAWAY!!!!) http://sugarfreelondoner.com/sugar-addictive-dr-gaye/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/sugar-addictive-dr-gaye/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 17:24:55 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4823 Do you want to know why we eat what we eat? Ask Dr Morgaine Gaye. As a Food Futurologist, she looks at food and eating in relation to everything from society to fashion, marketing to biology and culture to geopolitical perspective. Morgaine lectures at universities, publishes an international food trend report and is a sought-after brand strategy...

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Do you want to know why we eat what we eat? Ask Dr Morgaine Gaye. As a Food Futurologist, she looks at food and eating in relation to everything from society to fashion, marketing to biology and culture to geopolitical perspective. Morgaine lectures at universities, publishes an international food trend report and is a sought-after brand strategy advisor for food companies. She also happens to have her own superfoods brand called Dr Gaye and a vast and wondrous knowledge of all things culinary. With Sugar Free Londoner, she talks about why we need to get off the sugar and start drinking the Dr Gaye Super-Shake.

Dr Gaye Interview - Sugar Free Londoner

 

Sugar Free Londoner: Why should people give up sugar?

Dr Morgaine Gaye: At Dr Gaye we make products that are sugar-free and the reason we do that is because we realise that sugar stimulates people’s appetites. It is addictive, unnecessary and not nutritionally beneficial. The more we can avoid it, the better.

Sugar has the same kind of receptor in the brain as cocaine. You get a quick rush, a fix from it. It peps you up, makes you feel good. Sugar is a great way to propel people forward, even though they are nutritionally depleted and exhausted.

Would you say that many people are essentially malnourished even though they eat plenty of food – just the wrong kind?

Most people are indeed malnourished, as well as tired and stressed. Rather than sleeping, we opt for either caffeine or sugar. When we want a quick snack, out of habit we reach for something sugary like a granola bar.

People are already hardwired to like sugar from a young age. And we are now accustomed to devoting very little of our time to food, especially the preparation part – cooking, making things from scratch.

Eating well is about planning. When we cut corners, which we often do because of time issues or convenience, we end up eating pre-made food with a long shelf life, and sugar really helps the shelf life. With our products, we try to re-mineralise people so they stop being attracted to the junk.

Dr Gaye Sugar Free Interview

Sugar is also a cheap ingredient.  

Yes. Sugar is cheap. Very cheap. It’s a great seller. In the 80s fat became the demon. It was the rise of the fat free diet and a lot of that fat was replaced with sugar. It made for a great advertising campaign. Fat makes you fat. People thought, yes, I understand that. But of course it’s not true.

The thing with sugar is that we are being sold it in many different forms all the time. Whether that is visually or whether it’s sold as a good time, or as a relief, or as a treat. It has become one answer to many different issues or questions or desires. It is presented as a solution for lots of things.

Which in reality, it is not.

No. In the long term it definitely is not. We know that if you get a petri dish of cancer and put it in a sugar solution, the rapidity of cancer cells is incredible. They grow very fast. As soon as you have cancer, you need to cut all sugar out of your diet. It really is key.

Is there one ideal diet that works for everyone?

From a health perspective, everybody is unique. What people need to be finding is their own personal journey. We know diets don’t work. There is no one quick fix, no short term solution. It’s about small changes over long periods of time. Some of people’s issues are genetic, some people through having lots of antibiotics as a child have gut biome issues, absorbability issues.

The future of diet, the future of health is very bespoke. It’s not even just for that person generally, it’s for that person that day and that moment. If we are really connected to ourselves and what we should be eating, the ideal diet is not a fixed solution, it’s a movable thing. It is weather dependent, stress dependent, time dependent, actually.

How did the Dr Gaye brand start?

I have been making the Super-Shake since 2000, drinking it myself and giving it to friends and family. My partner lost a lot of weight taking it. So we decided to give it a go – to try and make a batch by hand and put it on the internet. That’s how it all started.

What are the benefits of the shake? 

With the shake, your body gets everything it needs – healthy fats, proteins, broad spectrum seaweeds, trace minerals. Every single mineral, micronutrient and vitamin is in the Super-Shake. Most people don’t eat the copious amount of greens the body needs. They don’t want to do it, haven’t got time, whatever it is. We can survive on coffee, fast foods and sugary snacks, but we can’t thrive on it. Over time, our body will start to pay the price.

What is the feedback you get from customers? 

The feedback we’ve had, especially with men, is weight loss. We’ve seen sugar cravings disappear; we’ve seen people come off long term medication, blood pressure medication, skin improving, bowel function improving, increased energy levels and better overall wellbeing. People’s diets are changing by taking it. Because they are getting re-mineralised, they stop reaching for the junk.

 

GIVEAWAY!!!

Sugar Free Londoner is giving away one 20-day supply of the Dr Gaye Super-Shake (original or instant) and 1 bag of Dr Gaye Super-Golden, a blend of turmeric and other organic spices to make a dairy free instant drink.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter Widget. Simply like Sugar Free Londoner on Facebook and comment on this post, letting me know which prize you’d like to win. Good luck!

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Paleo Almond Crackers http://sugarfreelondoner.com/paleo-almond-crackers/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/paleo-almond-crackers/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 12:29:11 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4783 These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients! A good crunch gets me excited. When you bake grain free, a really decent crunch can be hard to achieve. But these paleo...

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These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients!

These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients!

A good crunch gets me excited. When you bake grain free, a really decent crunch can be hard to achieve. But these paleo almond crackers, they’re so crunchy you can hear it next door. For reals!

Quite a few of you have been asking for more almond flour recipes recently, especially readers who liked the look of my cheese thyme crackers. These crackers are deeeeliciously cheesy and use coconut flour. Coconut flour has a whole range of health benefits and only a mild coconut taste which you can easily mask with a strong taste like cheddar. Unfortunately, some people are simply allergic to it.

This is exactly where these paleo almond crackers come in.

Ever since I made the pastry for my low carb chocolate tart, which turned out to be super-crunchy, I have been meaning to adapt the simple crust recipe to make savoury crackers. A little research online naturally revealed a host of almond flour cracker recipes, the earliest of which appears to be this one by Elana’s Pantry.

These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients!

The best recipes are so easy it’s almost laughable. In this one, the basic ingredients are almond flour and eggs. You can then add sea salt and pepper, and, if you really want to push the boat out, sprinkle parmesan on top. That’s it!

Here’s the really important thing: you can make this recipe with either almond flour or with ground blanched almonds. Both variants taste great.

But!!!!!

You have to change the amount of egg you use. Almond flour requires 1 egg per cup of flour (or per 100g), ground almonds, which have a coarser texture, only need 1 egg per 2 cups (200g).

What is the difference between almond flour and straight-up ground almonds/almond meal?

Almond meal is made from almonds with skins left on. The texture is coarse and you’ll see darker bits in it. The “ground almonds” you find in the baking section of British supermarkets are ground blanched almonds – almonds without their skins. The texture is still coarse. If you have a food processor, you can easily make your own.

These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients!

Almond flour is much, MUCH more finely ground, which makes baked goods fluffier and resemble the texture you get from baking with wheat. There are big differences in the texture of the various almond flour brands, so try a few different ones to see which is your favourite. In this recipe used the almond flour by Sukrin, which is produced by cold pressing the almonds. During this process they extract 80% of the fat, which makes the flour taste “lighter” whilst retaining high levels of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Basically, the only downside of almond flour is that it does not come cheap.

In the picture below, the round crackers are made with almond flour. The ones on the left have melted parmesan added on top, the ones on the silver bowl are with cracked black pepper and sea salt only. The square (or diamond-shaped) crackers are made with simple ground almonds. I grated some pecorino cheese over them.

These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients!

Both varieties came out really crunchy. You must try to roll out the dough as thinly as possible though – if it gets too thick, you’ll lose crunch.

I think the round crackers look prettier, but they obviously take a bit longer to make. If you feel you don’t need to impress, just roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Remove the top paper. Then run a knife or pizza cutter over it before baking to form the cracker size you like. Once the crackers come out of the oven and have cooled down, you can easily separate them. Voila!

These Paleo almond crackers are great with dips and the perfect accompaniment to a cheeseboard (or a glass of wine). They are gluten free, low carb and use only 4 basic ingredients!

My 2 cups of almond flour mix made 40 round crackers weighing in at ca 5 grams each. I did not bother to count the number of ground almond crackers – they came in all kinds of sizes because I cut them in a hurry! Therefore, I’ve calculated the nutrition for the almond flour version only. If you add parmesan, the fat content rises to 1.2g per cracker – it does not affect the carb content.

If you want to experiment with this recipe, you could also try to add garlic or onion powder or herbs such as thyme or rosemary. I imagine a pinch of cayenne pepper would work well too if you’re up for a bit of heat!

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Yields 40 crackers

Paleo Almond Crackers

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 200g / 2 cups almond flour (or ground almonds )
  • 2 medium eggs (1 egg only if using ground almonds)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • optional: 40g / 1/2 lightly packed cup grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Pulse the almond flour and 2 eggs / ground almonds and 1 egg plus pepper and salt in your food processor until a dough forms. You could also use a stick blender to do this.
  3. Roll out the dough THINLY between 2 pieces of parchment/baking paper. I found that the almond flour dough was quite firm, so if you decide to make the almond flour version, use some elbow grease to flatten it.
  4. Remove the top paper.
  5. Use a small glass or cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes. I used a ca 5 cm diameter glass to make 40 round crackers (they weighed around 6 grams each). Place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. A quicker way is to pre-cut the dough into squares or diamonds with a knife or pizza cutter. In this case, you leave the dough on the same baking paper you have rolled it out on.
  6. If using parmesan, grate 1/2 lightly packed cup or 40g and sprinkle over the crackers.
  7. If making without parmesan, sprinkle over some extra sea salt and cracked black pepper.
  8. Bake at 180 Celsius/350 Fahrenheit for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.
  10. If you have opted for pre-cutting the dough, you can now easily break the crackers into single pieces.
  11. Enjoy!
  12. The crackers can be kept in an airtight jar for up to a week.
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Nominate Sugar Free Londoner for the BIB Blogging Awards! http://sugarfreelondoner.com/nominate-bib-blogging-awards/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/nominate-bib-blogging-awards/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 20:08:31 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4735 Please take a minute to nominate Sugar Free Londoner for the BiB Brilliance in Blogging Awards! The BiBs are one of the biggest blogging awards in the UK and I have entered in the Food category. YOU CAN CLICK THROUGH TO THE NOMINATION FORM HERE. IF YOU ARE READING THIS ON A DESKTOP, JUST CLICK ON...

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These creamy, fruity individual mini raspberry cheesecakes are a perfectly guilt free low carb indulgence. Flaxseed Keto Wraps are a nutritious and delicious low carb alternative to bread. They are wheat free, gluten free and easily pliable. Perfect for lunch boxes! Light and fluffy pancakes that are low carb, gluten free and so easy to make: These Almond Cream Cheese Pancakes are a healthy sugar free breakfast choice.

The BiBs are one of the biggest blogging awards in the UK and I have entered in the Food category.

YOU CAN CLICK THROUGH TO THE NOMINATION FORM HERE. IF YOU ARE READING THIS ON A DESKTOP, JUST CLICK ON THE BIB BADGE IN THE SIDEBAR. NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL 7TH JUNE AT 23.59 GMT.

Sugar Free Londoner has been online over a year now and it’s been a fantastic journey.

Do you want a quick low carb, gluten and sugar free breakfast that is perfect for busy weekday mornings? Say hello to these Grab & Go Low Carb Muffins. A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip. Deliciously crunchy on the outside, delightfully soft on the inside - these easy hazelnut low carb keto cookies are your favourite new low carb and gluten free snack. Here's a staple for your fridge: sugar free blueberry jam! Spread on low carb bread or use it as a fruity sauce with yoghurt, pancakes or waffles. This really simple and decadently creamy low carb chocolate tart is assembled in minutes. It is gluten free, keto, low carb and sugar free.

I love the process of creating sugar free versions of my favourite recipes, coming up with new recipe ideas and experimenting with ingredients. Writing about food is almost as good as eating. I feel all warm and fuzzy chatting with the foodie community out there on Facebook and Instagram who feel just as passionate about healthy eating as me. And I love the enthusiasm and support I get from you, my fantastic readers.

Heck, I even love installing new Plugins and Widgets on my website. If they work.

There have been great successes in this kitchen (we regularly can’t decide whether to have almond and cream cheese pancakes or almond butter waffles on weekends – they are both just so good). And plenty of failures. Like that time when I did not close the lid of the food processor properly and covered the room in green omelette. Or that time I forgot to set the timer on my phone and got carried away on Facebook until my batch of chocolate chip cookies set off the fire alarm.

I can recount (several!) occasions when my to-be-photographed finished dish has been gobbled up. Nice when people like your food. But. Bad timing!!!! Last but not least, it’s taken quite some persistence to get used to the capricious nature of low carb baking ingredients. Coconut flour, yes, I’m talking about you.

This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges - skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia. Enjoy this rich and creamy chocolate avocado ice cream as a sugar free, low carb and keto treat. And feel that satisfaction of hiding a vegetable in a dessert! Bolognese sauce - a family favourite that is loaded with hidden veggies. This sauce is the essential ingredient in a variety of dishes, from vegetable lasagne to child con carne! Perfect for a weekend breakfast or as a nourishing afternoon treat: These protein-packed, sugar free almond butter waffles are gluten free, paleo and low carb. This is pizza without the drawbacks: Instead of dough, these crustless low carb pizza bites have a base entirely made out of mozzarella. All the taste, none of the carbs.

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You are the secret sauce.

Nominate me now and let’s spread that sugar free love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Orange Almond Breakfast Cake http://sugarfreelondoner.com/orange-almond-breakfast-cake/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/orange-almond-breakfast-cake/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 21:07:27 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4705 This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges – skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia. I’ve been meaning to make this cake for ages, ever since a geeky recipe conversation with a close girlfriend. Are you a food geek? I am the geekiest...

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This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges – skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia.

This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges - skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia.

I’ve been meaning to make this cake for ages, ever since a geeky recipe conversation with a close girlfriend.

Are you a food geek?

I am the geekiest of food geeks. To me, talking food has the same effect as a strong cup of coffee. It wakes me up in the loveliest kind of way. It puts me in a good mood. It’s just the best thing ever!

You start explaining a recipe to me and I will feel bright and bushy-tailed immediately. How long did you whisk it? On what shelf in the oven? What exactly did it taste like? There can never be enough detail.

I imagine it’s a bit like trainspotters feel when they listen to someone describing the Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer, wagon by wagon. Or like 10-year olds feel when they watch a Minecraft YouTuber.

This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges - skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia.

This orange almond breakfast cake, guys. It’s the bomb!

The cool thing about this cake is that contains ALL of the orange, flesh and skin. You simply cook your oranges in water for 1 hour until they are nice and soft. This also makes the skin taste less bitter. Then you puree the whole orange until you have a fragrant, tasty pulp. You are literally using all of the fibre an orange has to offer, which slows the absorption of the sugar in the fruit. And you get all the taste.

Oranges are relatively high in carbs – one fruit has around 12 net carbs due to the fructose content. But since we are only using 2 oranges for a cake that yields 12 good size slices the carb count per slice remains low at 4.4 net carbs.

This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges - skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia.

The origins of this type of orange cake are found in the Mediterranean, from Spain to Iran and possibly even further. There are countless recipe variations online.

But the sugar, guys! 250, sometimes even 300 grams per cake. We can do better than that, right?

I don’t like my sweet dishes too sweet and have used only 16 drops of liquid vanilla stevia in this recipe. This amount is equivalent to 4 teaspoons of sugar. If you don’t have stevia, you can use xylitol or erythritol instead.

One important thing to note is that oranges differ greatly, depending on variety and time of year. Some are very sweet, some less so. Some have thick skins, some have thin ones. That’s why you should always taste the batter and adjust the sweetness if needed. My oranges were VERY sweet and had a surprisingly thin skin. A thick-skinned orange will result in a more bitter batter, therefore you might want to increase the sweetener to offset it.

This moist and moreish orange almond breakfast cake is made with whole oranges - skins and all. It is low carb, gluten free and sweetened with stevia.

 

The other thing worth mentioning is separating your eggs and beating the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This might seem like a hassle, but it will result in a much lighter, fluffier cake texture. I’m actually doing this by hand with a whisk as I do not have a traditional mixer. Don’t attempt to whisk egg whites with a stick blender or in a food processor, by the way. I’ve tried. It does not work!

Lastly, I’ve called this cake a breakfast cake because it’s exactly the kind of thing I like to eat when I feel all egged out. It is filling, nutritious and tastes great – just like my popular Grab & Go Low Carb Muffins, which are also made with ground almonds. (I love almond flour, which is so much finer than ground almonds, but alas, it is expensive. You can get ground almonds in the baking section of most supermarkets, and they don’t break the bank.)

Nothing, NOTHING though should stop you from having your orange almond breakfast cake as a dessert. It certainly is perfect with a strong cup of coffee – any time of day.

Food geek talk goes well with it, too!

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Orange Almond Breakfast Cake

1 hrPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius/ 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a rectangular bread baking tin with baking paper or use a well-greased silicone baking tin.
  3. Put the oranges into a pot filled with cold water and cover with a lid. Bring to the boil, then simmer for at least 1 hour. Make sure the oranges are always submerged. This removes the bitterness.
  4. Drain the water and let the oranges cool down.
  5. Cut the oranges in half and remove any seeds, then puree in a food processor or with a stick blender.
  6. Separate the eggs and whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This will make the cake lighter in texture. I did it by hand - it's easier than you think. Just use a clean, dry metal bowl, an old-fashioned whisk plus a bit if perseverance.
  7. Add all ingredients except the egg whites to the orange pulp and mix. Lastly, fold in the egg whites until well-combined.
  8. Make sure you test your batter for sweetness and adjust to taste.
  9. Pour the batter into your cake tin and sprinkle flaked almonds on top.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
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Orange Almond Breakfast Cake Nutrition Analysis

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Moroccan Cauliflower Rice http://sugarfreelondoner.com/moroccan-cauliflower-rice/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/moroccan-cauliflower-rice/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:21 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4603 A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.   Cauliflower, how much do I love thee! I’ve been making faux mashed potatoes and faux garlic breadsticks for months. Both are amazing. This last week has been all...

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A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.

A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.

 

Cauliflower, how much do I love thee!

I’ve been making faux mashed potatoes and faux garlic breadsticks for months. Both are amazing. This last week has been all about faux rice – just check my Instagram account. Cauliflower, dear friend, you are a chameleon.

Cauliflower rice is a revelation for anyone who’s not only watching their sugar intake, but also their carbohydrates. It’s faux-ness at its tastiest!

It is lighter than rice, doesn’t have the empty carbs white rice contains and gets along with pretty much any cuisine. I’ve had it with a curry, Mexican style, plain and simple English – and now Moroccan spiced.

Cauliflower rice should be in diplomacy. It fits in perfectly anywhere.

A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.

 

To get the rice-like consistency, you remove the outer leaves and cut the cauliflower into large chunks. Discard the hard stem. Then you blitz the pieces in a food processor (this is the very affordable one I use and this is the one I secretly want). I do this in two rounds – if you overload the food processor, it won’t do a good job. If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the head by hand. This will give you coarser chunks but it will taste just as good.  You can store the prepared cauliflower in the fridge for two days and in the freezer for 2 months.

There are 3 different ways to make cauliflower rice – choose whichever suits you best.

Microwave

Place the cauliflower rice a microwave-proof bowl and cover with cling film. Microwave for three minutes on high. If you cook from frozen, make that 4 minutes. It’s best to season with salt after cooking to avoid the “rice” becoming soggy.

Stir-fry

This is the method I used for this dish (partly because my children have nuked our microwave by using it as a timer for a race around the kitchen, turning it on whilst empty. Tell your own kids that is not a good idea). You simply fry the cauliflower rice with a spoonful or olive oil on a gentle heat for 5 minutes.

Roast

I have not tried this method yet, but it’s supposed to make the “rice” taste crunchier, fluffier and nuttier. You toss it in a bit of olive oil and spread it out in a thin layer. Then you roast it at 180 Celsius for around 15-18 minutes, stirring it half way through.

A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.

Does cauliflower ACTUALLY taste JUST LIKE rice?

No. But it is an awesome grain free alternative. The rule of thumb is: the stronger the herbs and spices you use in your cauliflower rice dish are, the less you will taste the difference.

The best thing is, after your perfectly tasty meal you will not feel bloated and heavy. Because instead of loading up on carbs you’ve just eaten a motherload of vegetable. What’s not to like?

 

A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.

This dish is wonderful as a main course or as a side – you could have it with lamb chops or with chicken. It tastes nice cold as well – which would make it a cauliflower rice salad, I guess.

I love the idea of making low carb versions of food favourites. If you fancy a snack, check out my low carb pizza bites. A nice dessert after your cauli rice would be these easy sugar free coconut blondies.

Fun fact: Cauliflower rice (aka cauliflower couscous) was invented in 1998 by the LA chef Benjamin Ford, who happens to be the son of actor Harrison Ford!

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Moroccan Cauliflower Rice with Roasted Vegetables

A light low carb lunch or dinner that is bursting with flavour. This Moroccan cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables is served with a yoghurt tahini dip.

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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5 based on 5 review(s)

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 3 mixed peppers (green, yellow, red), cut into thick slices
  • 2 courgettes (zucchini), sliced
  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • ground cumin (1 generous tsp)
  • handful of pistachios, roasted
  • 50g parsley (1 handful), chopped
  • 50g mint, chopped
  • 150g/ 1/2 cup full fat natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 lemon, unwaxed

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 Celsius/400F.
  2. Slice the peppers, aubergine and courgettes, holding back 1/2 red pepper, which will go finely chopped into the cauliflower rice.
  3. Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast for 45-50 minutes. Turn half way through.
  4. Now dry-roast your pistachios. Simply put them in a pan over medium heat and roast them until browned. This takes around 2 minutes. Be careful that they don't burn.
  5. For the yoghurt tahini sauce, simply mix 150g / 1/2 cup yoghurt with 2 tbsp of tahini and the juice of 1/2 lemon. If you want, add a bit of garlic, too.
  6. Time to make your cauliflower rice. Cut off all outer leaves and quarter your cauliflower. Cut out the hard centre. Next, grate or blitz large chunks in the food processor until you get rice-sized pieces.
  7. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and add the crushed garlic, chopped spring onions, the 1/2 red pepper, which you have finely chopped and the chopped chilli. Cook gently for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the cauliflower and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  9. Stir in the 1 tbsp of cumin, juice of 1/2 a lemon and lemon zest plus the dry-roasted pistachios.
  10. Take the cauliflower rice off the heat. Before serving, add the parsley and mint and mix thoroughly. A few pomegranate seeds scattered over would work well here, too. I wanted to add them, but, alas, my pomegranate turned out to be a dud.
  11. Arrange on one big platter or serve the veggies and rice separate on 2 platters - you're the boss.
  12. This dish tastes good hot or cold.
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Why Sugar is Bad for Your Brain http://sugarfreelondoner.com/why-sugar-is-bad-for-your-brain/ http://sugarfreelondoner.com/why-sugar-is-bad-for-your-brain/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:02:26 +0000 http://sugarfreelondoner.com/?p=4565 We all know that eating too much sugar can cause physical health problems such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But did you know that a diet high in sugary desserts and processed foods can also have a negative impact on mental health? Yes, my friends, sugar is bad for your brain. The 2017 Mental...

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We all know that eating too much sugar can cause physical health problems such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But did you know that a diet high in sugary desserts and processed foods can also have a negative impact on mental health? Yes, my friends, sugar is bad for your brain.

Why Sugar is Bad for Your Brain

The 2017 Mental Health Awareness Week theme “Surviving or Thriving?” centres around the concept that good mental health is “more than the absence of a mental health problem”. It seeks to uncover why some people, too, are thriving with good mental health.

There certainly is no single answer to this question. This much, though, is clear: A healthy, balanced diet is a key factor for good mental health, learning ability and general well-being. And this healthy, balanced diet certainly does not include a daily sugar binge on a microwave meal followed by a packet of Hobnobs or a pot of Ben&Jerry’s.

Let me be very blunt here: Sugar has zero nutritional value. It is, quite frankly, poison for both our bodies and our brains.

Why Sugar is Bad for Your Brain

When we eat sugary foods, our blood sugar levels spike and our pancreas releases insulin to remove the sugar from the blood into the cells. In the case of fructose, it goes straight into the liver where it is stored as glycogen. When glycogen stores are full, the sugar in the liver is directly converted into fat. The problem is that this process causes our sugar levels to drop sharply, which can leave us feeling irritable and exhausted. To re-energise, we start craving more sweets. Thus, a never-ending vicious cycle begins.

A diet high in refined sugar and processed foods can cause mood swings, low energy levels and inflammation in our bodies. It can also lead to low immunity and poor digestion. All of these issues can have a negative impact on mental health.

The more uneven our sugar balance is, the more uneven is our mood.

According to the London-based nutrition education charity Food for the Brain, a poor blood sugar balance is the single biggest factor in mood disorders amongst the people that seek their advice for conditions ranging from depression and autism to schizophrenia and insomnia. The charity promotes the vital role of optimal nutrition for good physical and mental health. It runs a not-for-profit clinic, the Brain Bio Centre, in Putney.

Why Sugar is Bad for Your Brain

If you type the search terms “depression” and “sugar” into Google you get 35 million results.

Refined sugar and refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice and processed foods) do not only supply very little nutrients and play havoc with our sugar levels. They also use up the mood-enhancing B vitamins, which are needed to turn each teaspoon of sugar into energy!

Plenty of research links poor mental health to a high sugar consumption. This study has proven a link between a high sugar diet and depression. It also showed worse results for schizophrenia patients. Another study found that eating too much sugar may speed up Alzheimer’s. A further piece of research by a team from the University College London found that a diet high in processed foods (invariably high in sugar) also increases the risk of depression. This study of 3500 middle-aged civil servants discovered that those who ate large amounts of processed foods had a 58% increased risk for depression.

Those who ate a “whole food” diet, on the other hand, had a 26% reduced risk for depression.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Food for the Brain is promoting a great fundraising initiative. They encourage people to organise tea parties where they serve healthy goodies and snacks rather than sugar laden treats. And show their guests that you can have a party without the junk!

The proceeds will support the charity’s outreach work as well as directly supporting families on low incomes so they can access subsidised nutritional therapy services at the charity’s clinic. You can find out more here.

Why Sugar is Bad for Your Brain

I’ve just sent out the invites for my very own Food for the Brain tea party. I’m looking forward to an afternoon of good-for-you cookies and cakes, such as my Healthy Almond Berry Cake (pic above). And to excellent company. And way too many cups of freshly brewed Earl Grey.

UPDATE: Mental Health Awareness week 2017 has now passed (and I’m pleased to say my tea party was a great success). Let this not deter you to continue making delicious sugar free, low carb desserts. Your brain and your health will thank you for it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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