Cutting back on refined sugar is an easy way to reduce your calorie consumption – and by using fruit to sweeten your foods you’ll also have the benefits of added fibre, vitamins and minerals.
My top five favourite alternatives are:
- Raw fruit. Raw fruit tastes sweeter than the same fruit when it is cooked. Try slicing juicy plums and adding them to a pre-baked puff-pastry case for a deliciously summery tart.
- Dates. Dates are full of fibre as well as sweetness, and blended into cake batter will give a fabulously moist texture.
- Apple puree. Apple puree stirred into whipped cream makes a decadent topping for any special occasion cake – and means you don’t need to use sugar-laden frosting.
- Stevia powder. Stevia-based sweeteners are naturally derived and offer a burst of sweetness that enhances some recipes. Only a tiny amount is needed, sometimes as little as 1 tsp.
- Raw lucuma powder. Lucuma powder comes from a nutritious South American fruit. It has a lovely caramel flavour that works well in ice cream.