Category Archives: Sugar

Ginger and date steamed pudding

This is a traditional dessert from the cold north aka the United Kingdom. It’s easy and absolutely delicious. This recipe has no added sugar and uses dates to create a delicious winter-time pudding. You will need a 2 pint bowl to cook the pudding in.


75g of spelt flour
25g of coconut flour
100g of chopped dates
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated
100g of softened butter (and extra to grease the bowl)

First of all grease the bowl (known as a pudding basin in the UK) with butter.

In a separate mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and beat together for a minute or two.

Spoon the mixture into the cooking bowl and cover with a piece of greaseproof paper then with foil. Tie around the foil with string to secure.

Stand the basin in a saucepan of water to come about half way up the bowl. Bring to a simmer then simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Top up the water if necessary. Alternately, if you have a slow cooker you can use it to cook the pudding just put the basin in the slow cooker half filled and cook on high for 2 hours (1/2hour to allow the water to increase).

Tip out the pudding when ready and serve with whipped cream or custard.

Ginger ice cream – no added sugar


4 egg yolks
1 cup double cream
1 cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons grated fresh peeled ginger root (grated with a micro grater)
¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
¼ cup finely chopped dates

Put the egg yolks into a bowl and whisk them together. Heat up the milk and cream until it’s almost simmering, then slowly drizzle it into the egg yolks whisking all the time. Return the custard to the pan and gently heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of your spoon. Remove from the heat, return to the bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Allow to cool completely before either freezing or using an ice-cream maker attachment on your mixer.

This ice cream is especially delicious with stewed rhubarb and strawberries, or with fruit pie. Enjoy!



Oat macaroons


1 cup of plain yoghurt
2 cups of rolled oats
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
½ cup of desiccated coconut
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup of dried fruits of your choice – raisins, dates, dried apricots etc., chopped if needed
1 egg
2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds or other seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons of almond oil (or other vegetable oil)


Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix everything together in a bowl. Spoon out the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.

These cookies have no added sugar, and they are very tasty.


No-added sugar Chia pudding for two

  •  1/2 cup full-fat plain yoghurt
  • Juice of ½ Meyer lemon or ½ orange
  • ¼ teaspoon of orange flower water
  • 2 chopped dates
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios

Mix together everything except the pistachios. Divide the pudding between 2 bowls. Top with chopped nuts and chill for 8 hours.

I make this in the morning after breakfast and it’s ready at dinnertime. It is a great recipe to play with using the mixture of yoghurt and chia as a base with the dates to bring sweetness. I have also made it with lime juice and some toasted coconut, or with a sprinkle of ground cardamom and without the citrus juice.



Raspberry and Chocolate Custard Pie

This recipe makes a chocolate crust, but eliminate the chocolate if you prefer a plain version. No added sugar, and it’s delicious!


For the pastry

4 oz whole wheat pastry flour

2 oz butter

3-4 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1 beaten egg for wash

For the custard

4 large egg yolks

20 fluid oz of cream

1 oz freeze dried raspberries or other fruit of your choice, crushed to powder

To prepare:

First make the pastry, sift the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl, rub in the butter and then gently bring together the dough. Put in a plastic bag in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

Put a fluted flan or quiche pan on a baking tray. Then roll out the pastry, line the pan. Now you are going to bake “blind” which means putting a piece of parchment paper in the pie and filling with beans or rice. Then bake for 15 minutes. Take out the pan, remove the paper and beans. Brush the inside of the pastry with the egg wash and then put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Next it’s time to make the custard. Whisk the egg yolks and dried fruit powder together. Bring the cream to a boil, then whisk into the egg and fruit mixture. To avoid spilling the custard, put the pie pan back into the oven and gently pour the custard into the pie while it’s still in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the custard is set with a slight wobble in the center.

Allow the pie to cool before turning it out of the pan.

Sprinkle cocoa over the top and serve with whipped cream or Greek yoghurt.




Sugar free coconut pudding

This is my favorite, easy dessert for 4 people.


1 can coconut milk (full fat version is best)

5 tablespoons of chia seeds

Berries or fruit of your choice

All you do is mix together the coconut milk and chia seeds, stir for a couple of minutes. Next divide the mixture into 4 glasses or ramekins and leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set. I used cocktail glasses and they worked beautifully. Then you can top them with berries or stewed fruit of your choice. They look great and they taste delicious. All with no added sugar.


Soda tax. Less soda = more health

I applaud Richmond City for adding a measure to tax soda to their ballot. I hope that it will pass and that other cities, and states will follow their lead.

The one penny per ounce tax will raise money for the city. Another benefit may be that the additional cost may deter people from drinking soda when it becomes more expensive.

Soda may taste good to some people, but behind the taste are some nasty ingredients that are not good for health.

1. Sugar – this substance is harmful to health. A good way to cut back on sugar is to eliminate sodas. I have heard that there are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 12 oz can of coke. This is more than the total daily amount recommended by the American Heart Association.

2. Artificial sweeteners – diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, but they can change your palate for sugar, maintaining your taste for extra sweetness in your food and drink.

3. Salt

4. Artificial flavorings – who knows what these chemicals are or what they do to our health

So thank you Richmond City for leading the way in keeping us healthy and happy.