As clear skies and rays of sunshine begin to make an appearance, a few of us have even stretched as far as pulling our shorts out from the back of the wardrobe. If, like us, you’re not prepared to beat the sweet temptation of cakes, chocolate and cookies, here’s a way to keep cravings satisfied and extra pounds away with our six favourite sugar free foodie bloggers…
ADVENTURES OF LIMITED EATING
Intolerant to a lot more than just refined sugars, Casey began her blog Adventures of Limited Eating to help others who have found themselves with similar life-changing difficulties. A great blog for recipes ranging from soup and salads to hearty meals and condiments, she makes changes to ingredients for healthier versions of foods that you’re familiar with.
Hero recipe: Casey’s dessert recipes menu includes her Lemon Meringue Pie below, which looks divine. Although a slightly long baking process, her method proves to cater for every possibility and offers advice for when it may go wrong, meaning in the end you’re left with a mouthwatering sugar, lactose, and gluten free pie, free of any guilt.
THE NOURISHING GOURMET
With a “beautiful food made simple” mantra, mum of three Kimi Harris’s blog The Nourishing Gourmet is charming and straightforward, rather like her recipes. Having authored three cookbooks, available as hard copy or eBook, she includes her versions of timeworn favourites using fresh ingredients that won’t break the bank, and the blog also features guest recipes from other popular foodies.
Hero recipe: One of Kimi’s guest bloggers is Jennifer Maltby, who has her own gluten and grain free blog, The Unrefined Kitchen. Adapted from her mum’s homemade recipe for Coffee Cake, which comes grain and refined sugar free, below, the recipe is easy to follow and family friendly with no actual coffee in sight.
OH SHE GLOWS
Angela Liddon’s award-winning blog Oh She Glows features more than 400 nutritious recipes as well as documenting her fitness outings and photography hobby. A jampacked blog with everything you need to know about the self-taught baker and photographer, she has also just released her Oh She Glows Cookbook showcasing 100 vegan recipes from entrées to desserts, which are great for anyone on a health kick. You can buy it here.
Hero recipe: Should be attempted on those quiet days when you’re not rushed for time (hard to find, we know!), as Angela explains this one takes patience. But with beautiful images for a step-by-step guide to making her own Homemade Mocha Nutella, below, this chocolatey ‘latte frappe espresso ’ is filled with hazelnuts and would also be perfect as a gift. Needless to say, stay away if you have a nut allergy!
DESSERTS WITH BENEFITS
While student blogs can sometimes be patchy, Jessica is a Nutritional Scientist in training and certainly knows her way around the pantry with her blog Desserts with Benefits. Her surplus inventory of all things (naturally) sweet includes breakfast and desserts, drinks and frostings, all using healthy ingredients to feel good about eating (as well as pictures of her really cute pets).
Hero recipe: No cooking required, this sweet and refreshing Healthy Homemade Strawberry Syrup, below, is made with all natural stevia instead of sugar, and plant based food colouring for a low calorie, no fat syrup ideal for porridge, yogurt or smoothies.
THE DIVA DISH
Written by a yummy mummy with a degree in Health and Nutrition, Arielle dedicates her blog The Diva Dish to promoting a healthy lifestyle and how to take care of our bodies, which has changed and adapted as she has learnt herself. With recipes, workouts, videos and inspiration, her friendly blog is warming to read, her strapline being Healthy Living With A Touch Of Sass.
Hero recipe: Introduced with a spiel explaining the idea behind these cookies, directions are simple and the cooking time isn’t excessive. Sugar free and grain free they look every bit as delicious. Here is the recipe for Grain Free Sugar Free Cookies.
Stylist Megan Zietz incorporates fashion, beauty and food in her blog TFDiaries, constantly updating her fashion tips and recipes to help you look and feel good. After studying Fashion and Photography for many years, images of her unique recipes are sure to leave you hungry for more!
Hero recipe: Brownies are rarely known to be good for you (if only!), but with Megan’s Black Bean Brownies With Honey recipe, sugar is substituted with honey and they are gluten free too, meaning you can feel good about a healthy indulgence.
By Annabel Hackett