It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘Sugar Free Pav’ post and I think it’s about time for a new one. In my absence* I have been baking up a refined-sugar-free storm and the Pav’s have well and truly firmed up some new family faves.
Here are The Pav Family’s Top 5 Sugar Free Faves
- CHOCOLATE LOG CAKE
Number one HAS to be The Sugar Breakup’s Chocolate Log Cake. This has been an absolute hit, even with our sugar-loving friends and family. So much so that I now make this every time I go somewhere (which means I get to eat something for dessert!) and every time we have guests over. It is decadent, rich without being sickening and oh so easy to make. I know I have mentioned The Sugar Breakup a number of times on the blog and they are featured regularly on my Instagram feed but seriously, get on to it people! Their recipes are easy to follow, work every time, are refined sugar free and taste so GOOD! The tip
s and instructions they use, make their recipes fail proof and trust me, I have had many failures! The chocolate fudge ganache topping for this cake is heaven-sent and even though it is part of this cake recipe I think it is so versatile it deserves it’s own spot on the Top 5!
- CHOCOLATE FUDGE GANACHE
The Sugar Breakup’s Chocolate Fudge Ganache topping is delicious. I have discovered SO many uses for this fudgy goodness and I intend to keep discovering! The recipe uses dutch cocoa which is more processed than raw cacao or even regular cocoa but as I only eat it in small quantities I allow myself this little luxury. The recipe uses coconut oil which makes it #dairyfree as well and it is really good that way but I actually prefer it made with unsalted butter in place of the coconut oil.So far I have used it
- As a ganache on the Chocolate Log Cake
- As a topping for #refinedsugarfree Raspberry Chocolate Brownies
- As a chocolate dip for strawberries (my fave)
- As a flavouring for milkshakes (it does go a little solid but I don’t mind that and I also add a scoop of #refinedsugarfree chocolate ice-cream from the Sweet Poison Quit Plan)
- Melted in milk to make a hot chocolate…OH MY!!!
- As a hot fudge sauce on #refinedsugarfree vanilla ice-cream
Detoxinista’s grain-free muffins are ridiculously easy to make and I whip them up regularly to have in the pantry as a handy snack. I have changed the recipe a little by replacing the honey with rice malt syrup (as RMS is fructose-free) and I omit the chocolate chips. I sometimes use blueberries instead of raspberries but our favourite is banana where I omit the berries and add 2 mashed over-ripe bananas and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Sometimes I use vanilla powder instead of essence (depends what I have in the pantry) which changes the colour but not the flavour or texture. These muffins have become a lunchbox/guilt-free breakfast for Bob and I but I admit the kids are not huge fans. They will eat them straight out of the oven but popping them in the microwave for 20 seconds the next day obviously excludes them from the teenage menu, as that requires an added step to the teenage-friendly ‘pantry-to-mouth-in-one-go’ movement!
I considered trying to mix it up a bit and finding another non-Sugar-Breakup favourite but the truth is I would have been doing it for the sake of mixing it up and not giving you our genuine top 5! We all love The Sugar Breakup’s jam and it has become a genuine staple in the Pav household.
Something that is ALWAYS in our pantry is I Quit Sugar’s Coco-Nutty Granola. It is a great-tasting, nutritious and filling breakfast, which we eat with natural yoghurt and berries or half a banana. I sometimes add 1 cup of rolled oats to the recipe when I make it, which I know removes it’s ‘grain-free’ status but I’m not too fussed about that at this stage and there are times when I just like to have oats! When I leave the rolled oats out I reduce the rice malt syrup and the coconut oil to 2 tablespoons each.
- ICE CREAM
I know I am meant to stop after 5 but I couldn’t resist adding this one in at number 6. The Sugar Breakup’s Vanilla Ice Cream. After a few disasters with my gorgeous new ice-cream machine I discovered this scrumptious recipe! Again, it is easy to follow, straightforward and delicious. ‘Nuff said.
*Now here is where I address the ‘elephant in the room’!
I have been absent from Planet Pav for a little while and I have been torn between trying to acknowledge and explain that absence as best I can and just getting on with a new post and pretending nothing has happened. Unfortunately (or fortunately for you, depending on how you look at it!) I am unable to share any details on here at the moment anyway so this is actually a little of both – a brief acknowledgement of my absence AND my getting on with a new post!