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Sugar free recipes

Hi, I am interested to try dessert/cakes recipes which are sugar free. but I do not wish to use aspartine as a substitute for sugar or any other ready made sugar for diabetics. I prefer to use fresh fruit to substitute the sugar, though I know one still has to be careful about the amount. Tell you the truth I tried the Delia carrot cake and instead of brown sugar I used fresh bananas. Well it was good as a result, although as you can imagine not as delicious as when you use sugar, but maybe I used the incorrect amount. Can anyone help please. How about having a recipe corner for this type of health care!!

sam from worthing

sugar free

have you tried xylitol?

Despite its synthetic sounding name, xylitol is made from the bark of birch trees and looks and tastes like sugar. It has less of an impact on blood sugar levels because it is low GI, meaning it gives a sweet taste without the resulting 'rush' that regular sugar gives - this makes it useful for diabetics.

"It's lower in calories and doesn't cause dental decay. You can use it as a substitute in many recipes [ratio 1:1], but not those which use yeast as a raising agent. Cakes sweetened with xylitol don't colour very much, not a problem for coffee or chocolates cakes."
Xylitol can have a laxative effect so go easy when you first try it in case you are sensitive to it, one slice of cake shouldn't be an issue.

you can get it from amazon.


Sugar free cake

Might this fit the bill?

Eggless, Sugarless, Fatless, Fruit Cake (gluten free option)


8 oz cooking dates (make sure you buy the stoned ones of course)
10 fl ozs water
1 lb mixed dried fruit
6 oz plain flour or 4 oz of polenta and 2 oz of ground almonds (extra to below)
3 tsps baking powder
2 tsps mixed spice
grated rind of 1 orange
4 tblsps orange juice (I’ve found there is enough juice when you squeeze the orange.)
2 oz ground almonds


1. Set oven to 160 celsius (less for a fan assisted oven)/325 fahrenheit or gas mark 3.
2. Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line with greaseproof paper. I now do mine in an 8 inch round tin and adjust the times, but it’s still roughly an 1 1/4 hours. It’s supposed to be moist.
3. Put dates and water into a saucepan and heat gently until the dates are soft (or in a microwave) remove from heat and mash.
4. Add everything else and spoon into the tin.
5. Recipe says bake for 1 1/2 hours (keep your eye on it as it might not need this long), place greaseproof paper on top if browning too quickly.
6. Cool in tin.

Note: I reduced the cooking time considerably this last time and I think it was better. So check it after an hour and then give it the skewer test to see if it’s cooked at 5 minute intervals from then on.
I sprinkled mine with roasted flaked almonds, but I can see this could work with either walnuts in the cake or on the top too. Or sometimes just a thin sprinkling of demerara sugar.

sam from worthing

Sugar free cakes

oh Honey, that does sound good.

Could i be cheeky and ask you to pop it in "your recipes" so i can find it another time.



The Less Cake

Done it now Sam. I think the problem will be remembering what it was called. It's a silly name for a cake... in this house it's known as The Less Cake.

H x

sam from worthing

Sugar free cakes

Bless you Honey, thank you xxx. probably be known as the less cake in this house too, lol. xx

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