For today’s vlog I thought that an interesting topic to chat about would be alternatives to refined sugar. I’ve been finding more and more that whenever I eat things with refined sugar in them I feel less than great. In the vlog I look at some of the alternatives to refined sugar that I use and how I use them, enjoy!

As I say in the vlog I made a very delicious recipe using the Truvia and it turned out great!

Courgette, Date and Pecan Bread (vegan, refined sugar and fat free)

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  • 175g / 1 1/4 cups of whole meal spelt flour
  • 40g / just under 1/4 cup of Truvia (or other granulated sweetener such as xylitol)
  • 10 – 15 pecans, chopped
  • 2 medium grated courgettes
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 pot of baby food apple sauce (about 100mls / just under 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp of warm water (flax eggs) – could replace with two eggs
  • 1.5 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of mixed spice

Pre heat the oven to 180 and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Mix all of the ingredients together in a big bowl, reserving a few nuts for the top of the loaf. Pour into the tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour, covering the top of the loaf cake with foil 20 minutes before the end to prevent over browning. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing:

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This isn’t your usual loaf cake – its dense, chewy, sweet and utterly delicious! It doesn’t rise as much as other cakes either, but I feel that just adds to the hearty texture.

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Filled with sweet sticky dates and chewy pecans, its almost reminiscent of a sticky toffee pudding!

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With such a great taste, its hard to believe that this is fat, dairy and refined sugar free! This also freezes very well, I’ve been enjoying a slice spread with nut butter alongside a smoothie for breakfast and it hits the spot!

How do you feel about refined sugar? I honestly think it just depends on the person, and for me I know it does not make me feel great! What’s your favourite alternative to sugar? Have you tried any of the ones featured in the vlog?