Sugar free BakingPosted on Jan 09, 2015
So with the start of a New Year comes the urge to try and be a little more healthy after the indulgence of the Christmas period.
Our December Cake Club was a festive treat of all baked goodies that were heaving with the joyous flavours of the season and no skimping on the calories! It was discussed at the time (between mouthfuls) that the Jan Cake Club would maybe be a slightly healthier affair…
It got me thinking about the idea of baking a completely sugar free cake….. Where do you start? what ingredients would I use? would it constitute as cake?? Would it taste nice??? So I began with the good old web and started to research recipes that sounded appealing. I found that a lot of them were merely substituting sugar for sugar replacements such as stevia. These all sounded fine but I was up for more of a challenge and wanted to use all fruit based ingredients to make a sweet tasting cake.
I finally found two recipes that sounded good and as I hadn’t baked a cake this way before I decided to merge them, taking elements from both the create my own sugar free recipe. Its a really easy one to follow and after testing the cake at our Jan cake club I can honestly say that it was well received and that there was only around 3 slices left!
So if your looking for a good sugar free recipe for health or dietary reasons its well worth giving a go
Oven temp: 160
Cooking time: 40-45 mins
180g Self raise flour
20g Rolled Oats
1tsp Baking soda
50g Melted Butter
1x Med Carrot (grated)
1x Med banana (mashed)
10g Walnuts (chopped)
1tsp Mixed spice
1tbls Sugar-free Apple sauce
Double cream whipped
tbls Sugar-free apple sauce
Passion fruit pulp, pomegranate seeds and syphus fruit for decoration
Weigh out the flour, baking soda and oats then mix together, Grate the carrot and mash the banana then add them to the dry ingredients along with the walnuts, mixed spice and sultanas. Melt the butter and add it to the mix along with the eggs and apple sauce. Mix all together untill well combined.
Put into a lined loaf tin and bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
Once cooled whisk the cream until stiff and then stir in the apple sauce. Decorate with your selected fruit.
Sit back and enjoy one slice or even two whilst feeling fabulously virtuous!!