I blog information, news and recipes about gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, alcohol-free and vegan cooking. Right now I've been working on an exciting project where I avoid refined sugar and create recipes using a range of healthier alternatives.

Happy cooking!

ps. ask all guests if they have an allergy (because the recipes use some unusual combinations and they may not expect to find citrus and soya in the chocolate cake, for example).
pps.if you are cooking for someone with an allergy, please read my allergy page first.

Recipes from my new book, Sensationally Sugar Free

Cream cheese & apple twists, pistachio kulfi and sticky date & apple cake - just some of the recipes from my new book, Sensationally Sugar Free by Hamlyn. A handy recipe finder at the front lists which recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or contain no eggs or nuts.

Sensationally Sugar Free - my new book out Jan 7!

It's January. And with it comes all those resolutions that can be really tricky to keep! However, I hope that my new book by Octopus Books, called Sensationally Sugar Free, will help. Over the past few months I couldn't help but notice how the news is increasingly pointing to excess sugar as being detrimental to our health (just take a look at this single example from the Guardian
I know you're wondering how something can be sugar free and have over 100 recipes for cakes, desserts, ice creams and snacks. Of course, there is some sweetness. But I have used no 'table sugar' (by that I mean white or brown sugar), or date syrup, or rice malt syrup or agave syrup. Except in two or three occasions where I needed a tiny hit of its syrupy consistency I haven't used honey either because chemically speaking, it's very close to table sugar.
Instead, I have harnessed the natural sweetness of whole fruits (and vegetables like carrots), rice milk, nuts and perhaps a tiny bit of stevia where a little added boost was needed. Where possible I've used wholemeal flour as well - but still ensured each recipe is simple, tasty and totally moreish. So if you're in need of ideas, head to your nearest bookshop or try Amazon: