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Sweet Treat

I recently had the delight of making my buddy a healthy birthday cake! 

A sugar free, dairy free, flour less chocolate cake with coconut icing! Yum

To make your own you will need:
2 Cups of almond meal
1/2 cup of Natvia (granulated)
5 eggs
1/2 cup of Cocoa
150gm Olive Oil Spread
Beat the eggs and natvia for 7-8 minutes
Melt olive oil spread and mix cocoa through
Add almond meal, and cocoa/olive oil mixture to the eggs and natvia. Mix gently.
Pour into a round lined cake tin.
Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for approx. 50 minutes. Rest in tin for 10 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
To make the icing you will need
Approx 1 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of cocoa
Melt coconut oil and stir cocoa through.
Allow to cool and until almost hardened and spread over the cake with a knife.

Sorting Out The Sweeteners

There’s so many different sweeteners out there, here is the low down!


Honey is packed with vitamins and antimicrobial benefits. It has more kilojoules then sugar but is sweeter and requires you to use less of it. Honey generally has a medium GI rating depending on the variety meaning that it doesn’t cause a sudden spike in your blood sugar level.


Coconut  Sugar

Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the coconut, has a low GI rating and is full of vitamins and minerals.



Molasses is a by-product of the sugar production process. It is a good source of iron and calcium and is sweeter then sugar.



Stevia is super sweet and is made from the stevia plant. Its low GI and is a great replacement for sugar in baking


Rice Malt Syrup

Made from combining enzymes with rice and cooking it until it becomes a syrup. Consists of complex carbohydrates and is low GI.


Agave  Nectar

Agave nectar or syrup is low GI, easily digested and contains essential vitamins and minerals. There has been some controversy around this product but aim for using a dark coloured agave syrup which has had minimal processing and contains its full nutritional value.

10 Facts about Sugar

1. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. (Women should have no more then 6 and men 9)

2. Refined sugar is linked to allergies, hair loss, pancreatic cancer and manic depression.

3. Sugar is addictive like other drugs.

4.Consuming refined sugar depletes the body of B vitamins. This can cause heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and rashes.

5. Low fat foods often contain sugar to improve flavour.

6. Refined sugar has absolutely no nutritional value.

7. Suddenly removing refined sugar from the diet can cause depression, fatigue and headaches.

8. Refined sugar impairs liver function which can lead to high blood pressure, skin issues and acne.

9. Refined sugar suppress the immune system and causes an over production of digestive enzymes, leading to stress on the pancreas. 

10. Besides salt, Americans consumer 10 times more sugar then any other food additives.