All the recipes in this blog are free from refined sugar and use either zero or low sugar natural sweeteners. 

The recipes are aim to be as low carb as possible too so they are all grain and gluten free – (except for one rogue cake that slipped in!).

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Spiced Apple Muffins

Watch out! These little cakes are where apples get sexy. Imagine - baked apple pieces in a sumptuous cake mix, imbued with gorgeous spices. With rich syrup and chopped pecans drizzled over the top. It can all get a bit steamy and out of control.

What’s more, making these little cake gems is effortless. Especially if you throw most of the ingredients (apart from the apple pieces) into a food processor. Bribe your sweetheart to clear up the small amount of baking debris at the end the baking session, with the promise of a cup of proper tea and heavenly squidgy cake still warm from the oven afterwards. They won’t be able to resist.

4 eggs
4 tbsp erythritol (brown sugar replacement)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp maca (optional)
80g melted butter
220g almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 chopped apples
Pinch of salt

For the topping:

50g chopped pecans
2 tbsp yacon syrup*
1 tsp cinnamon

Whisk the eggs and sweetener together until light and frothy.
Melt the butter in a pan. Add to the egg mixture and whisk until blended.
In a separate bowl weigh out the almond flour, add the cinnamon, ginger, maca, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the cake batter and blend until smooth.
Finally add and stir in the chopped apples.
Put some paper cake cases onto a baking tray. Carefully spoon the batter into the cake cases, smoothing the top a little with the back of the spoon.
Next, put the yacon syrup into a bowl and stir in the cinnamon. Add the chopped pecans to the syrup.
Carefully spoon a dollop on top of each cake.

Bake at Gas mark 4/ 180C for approx 25 minutes. To check the cakes are cooked, put a skewer into the centre of one of the cakes to see if it comes out clean.

* Yacon syrup is a great natural sweetener to have in your food store. It goes beautifully with fruit and can make heavenly toffee sauces mixed with nut butters. It contains sugars that aren’t absorbed by the body which make it a good option.

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