Low sugar chocolate chip oat biscuits

  I had a hankering for chocolately oat/digestive biscuits, and I’m now struggling to keep my hands off these. Fortunately there’s only a tablespoon of sugar in the whole lot, so they’re a perfectly reasonable snack that I predict are going to be made pretty regularly. Dark chocolate makes them taste more grown up and,…

Banana pancakes

These have been made too frequently in the short time since I remembered about them; I’m almost sick of them already. Almost. Our local greengrocer has a box of squashy cut-price bananas which I raid almost daily to use in kefir smoothies, banana ice cream (i.e. frozen bananas chucked in the blender) and porridge; they’re…

Chai, date and honey loaf cake

This is entirely because my much loved pot of chai spice mix suggests adding it to cakes. Tremendous idea. This low-sugar loaf cake is light as air; quick and simple to make; wonderful with a cup of tea and its grown-up flavour still passed the toddler test. Freezes well, cuts into 10-12 slices Ingredients 3 tablespoons honey 200g unsalted butter…

Learn to Cook: apple crumble

Serves 6 Ingredients 800g apples (about 5) of any variety about 60g brown sugar: demerara, soft brown or golden caster are all fine (use less sugar if your apples are already sweet) juice of 1/2 lemon For the crumble: 350g plain flour 100g brown sugar 250g cold butter To finish: 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons…

Elderberry and coconut lemon drizzle polenta cake

As a fairweather forager, elderberries are one of the few things I can pick each year that I’m confident won’t kill anyone. Even then, the stems are toxic, thus making the hours it takes to get rid of as many of the tiny stalks as possible a necessity. Use a fork to strip off the berries, and…

Sugar-free carrot and date loaf cake

If you’re planning to freeze any of the loaf, you can spread the ‘icing’ on your slice like jam. As this isn’t super-sweet, it makes an excellent breakfast or afternoon tea with a cuppa. Ingredients 200g carrots, grated (about 2 medium carrots) 1 apple 150g dates 75g raisins 75g walnuts, chopped small (optional, only for babies over 1)…

Sugar-free chocolate covered flapjacks

  The ultimate combination of the fabulous sugar-free mousse and ‘baby crackjacks‘! Though free from refined sugar, these should still be seen as a treat – particularly for young children – as they have a lot of dried fruit in, which is high in sugar (but also high in fibre, vitamins, minerals etc), as well…

Sugar-free banana bread

  Makes one very large or two medium sized loaves. Ingredients 4 large, very ripe bananas 180g dried apricots or dates 120g butter 2 eggs 250g self-raising flour 50g wholemeal flour 1 medium apple or 80g apple compote 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Method Preheat oven to 180C / gas 4. Line…

Baby’s first sugar-free flapjacks

This is based on a recipe that went viral among my group of ‘mum-friends’ – for a while, at any playdate, someone would pull out a tupperware of these flapjacks. They were so popular with all the children we called them baby crackjacks…They work with any dried fruit you have around, and freeze well. You can…

Taste not waste: Strawberry and panettone crumb pudding

A quick and simple concoction invented around elderly things in my fridge and a bag of leftover Christmas panettone that I’d blitzed into crumbs and frozen. A bit like bread pudding with a fun souffle rise to it: you could use any berries of course, and substitute panettone crumbs for normal breadcrumbs plus a tablespoon…

Low sugar rhubarb and coconut crumble squares

A lovely way to use up the seasonal rhubarb glut, and one that tastes like a treat while actually being pretty healthy. Makes 20 squares Ingredients 450g rhubarb, chopped into 2cm pieces 30g caster sugar 30g soft brown sugar 100g dates 200g butter 100g desiccated coconut 200g plain flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 30g oats 1 egg yolk…

Sugar-free peanut butter & banana blender mini muffins

Sugar-free, flour-free, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), dairy-free, practically effort-free to make…yet somehow still tasty enough to eat yourself as well as handy for small people snacks (and relatively mess-free too). Add whatever you like to this basic recipe – 1/2 tsp vanilla extract; chocolate chips; whole raisins or chopped nuts for bigger children;…