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    Banana bread with a twist – gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free options

    We love bananas and we always have some on the kitchen counter – and I often turn some of them into a delicious banana bread! I have several recipes I use but this one is my favourite because it’s yummy and SO quick to make, and it also has chocolate chips in it, and for a chocolate lover this is a great twist! So I thought I’d share the recipe with you! One more thing before I proceed: there are two more things I love about this banana bread recipe. you can make it with the kids as it’s not too messy and they will love the result you can…

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    Chocolate birthday cake – free from gluten and sugar

    I love chocolate. My kids love chocolate. And I don’t think I had any influence, chocolate is simply yummy! Therefore we cook a lot of chocolate muffins and treats, and on their birthday they ask for chocolate cake (what a surprise, right?). I remember one time trying to make a strawberry cake. Complete failure, the cake looked like a sad volcano. Never tried since. That until my daughter turned three last summer and she asked for a chocolate birthday cake. And you can’t refuse a 3-year-old on her birthday, can you? The following part contains two affiliate links, which means I get a small income if you decide to shop,…

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    Chocolate brownies – gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free

    My son has recently turned 5 and he asked for a birthday cake fully made of chocolate, with Dinosaur Train on it and decorated with cherries. And two days ago, after school, he suddenly said “Mom, let’s bake a chocolate cake! Call Joanna (our friend that made the birthday cake) and ask her the recipe!”. I would have loved to comply, but first of all, that cake is not easy to make, so I wouldn’t even try, and second, I didn’t want to ask anyone for the secret recipe of a great cake. Still, my son was very determined to eat a chocolate cake, so I took out the “Gluten-free…

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    Cutting down on sugar

    UPDATE: The group has been closed. Last week I was browsing online and saw a post on a group regarding gluten-free foods to eat when out and about, and someone mentioned a group for those interested in finding out what restaurants and shops have gluten-free foods. And that’s when I realized that a group to support those trying to reduce their sugar intake might be useful. At some point, a few weeks ago, I was browsing through the shelves of the local library and found two books about sugar. I borrowed and read them. And while reading them I realized that sugar can be quite tricky: it is very addictive,…

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    Blueberry coconut cake – gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free

    Going sugar-free and recently starting to cut down on gluten as well has led me to discover new recipes, new ingredients, new tastes. The blueberry and coconut cake is very easy to do (allows cooking with kids), has a very light and fluffy texture and is really yummy: the photo I managed to take yesterday is of the last piece I managed to save just for a photo. The light might not be the best and the size is not great as I used a way too big tray for it (the one I usually use wasn’t available) but I am telling you, this is a very tasty and healthy…

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    Chocolate muffins – dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free

    Friday, just as I was about to go to bed, I found out that it had been Chocolate Day. Yes, that’s right, 7th of July is Chocolate Day and I never knew this! “What kind of chocolate fan am I?” I thought to myself. (Almost) Not a day goes by without eating something with cocoa, be it milk with honey and cocoa, sugar-free hazelnut and chocolate spread or sugar-free chocolate (you might remember from this post that we are in the process of going sugar-free). So, being a chocolate fan (no, not addicted, just the usual fan!), I would have written this post on Friday, of course! But I decided…

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    Going sugar-free: the beginning

    Note: in the “Going sugar-free” series, when saying “sugar”, I am referring to “table sugar” also known as “sucrose”, extracted from  sugarcane or beet sugar. Cutting sugar off our everyday diet is still a challenge. We have no medical condition that forces us to do so though. Then how come we made this decision? Let me start by saying that it was a sudden decision and it all started with a book. About eight years ago I started reducing the amount of salt in my diet, replacing salt with mixed herbs. Then, after becoming a mum four years ago and reading books about baby weaning, I decided to avoid, as much as possible, giving…