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…

Coconut and lemongrass Thai cod with spring greens

The cabbage here could be substituted for leeks, wilted spinach or pak choi, spring greens or omitted entirely – perhaps serve broccoli on the side or mix chopped carrot, peas or sweetcorn into the accompanying rice. Serves 2 Ingredients 350g cod fillet, skin removed 1/2 lime, zest and juice, and another half to cut into…

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…

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…

Fabulous free-from, no-refined-sugar chocolate mousse

There are a two different versions of this recipe, though both use the same method: one makes a creamy mousse like your regular chocolate/cream/eggs/sugar recipe, and one sets harder and can be cut up to make ‘truffles’. This mousse is rich – you don’t need a lot of it, and considering it contains no refined sugar…