Saturday, 25 October 2014

Recipe: Choc Shot & Sweet Freedom Treats

Anyone who has ever been on a diet wants to know how to have their cake and eat it. Well, eat their cake and not put on weight to be precise.  Most of us have a love of chocolate but know that it is high in calories or syns.   In my search to find an alternative I discovered Choc Shot, the liquid hot chocolate that's not just for drinking as well as sweet freedom.


It boats some impressive points-

100% natural
Sweetened with our magic ingredient, award winning Sweet Freedom
Only 14 calories per teaspoon
Low GI / GL - no energy highs and lows
Suitable for diabetics as part of a healthy diet
NO artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives
GM, dairy & gluten free
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

It's secret being that it is made using sweet freedom,  the all natural fruit based sweetener that tastes and sweetens just like real sugar. Some other branded 'fruit' sugars are made from sugar beet and are 100% processed fructose, which isn't the best.  Sweet freedom is produced using a water process with no chemicals or enzymes used so it is much better for you.  They asked me to create some tasty recipes, I love a challenge!

The first thing I wanted to see if I could make was a salted caramel sauce.  Traditionally made by caramelising sugar and adding butter and cream.  As you can imagine the calorific and syn values don't bare thinking about.  The good news is, I made a salted caramel sauce that is just as delicious and with only 3 ingredients.   This recipe makes a decent amount so you can use it over icecream, cakes or whatever you want!  You can keep it in the fridge and heat it up when you want to use it.

Salted Caramel Sauce

This works out to be 2 syns per tablespoon

You will need:-

5 Tbsp of Sweet Freedom
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tbsp fat free fromage frais


Add the sweet freedom to a saucepan on a medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.

Allow to bubble away and caramelise, be careful as it will be super hot!

Take off the heat and add the fromage frais, continuing to stir in until it has all dissolved

Add the salt and stir through.  Allow to cool down, it will thicken as it cools. 

Salted Caramel Cookies

What to do with the delicious salted caramel sauce?  Use it to top a healthier version of the chocolate chip cookie, each one works out to be 2.5 syns each on Slimming World.

You will need:- 

Makes 12 small cookies
50g lighter than light butter
2 tablespoons Sweet Freedom 
100g plain white flour or gluten free floour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
25g dairy free chocolate chips (optional) 

Salted caramel sauce for drizzling 


Preheat oven to 175 C / 335 F / gas mark 3.5

In a blender, blend together nuts, flour until finely blended. Transfer to a bowl and break up any clumps between your hands.

Whisk together the wet ingredients and, with a fork, stir them into the flour-nut mixture.  Use your hands to pull and mix the dough together

Stir in the chocolate chips

Take teaspoons of dough and roll into small balls between your hands and place them on baking tray lined with baking paper. Press each one down a bit flatter to form a cookie shape.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Let them stay on the baking tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Drizzle the salted caramel sauce on top and sprinkle with a little extra salt for decoration

Chocolate Porridge Bars

You will need:- 

100g unsalted butter
175g Choc Shot
260g oats
grated rind of 1 orange
25g pecans, chopped


Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm square tin.

Melt together the butter and Choc Shot in a medium sized pan, stirring to mix them.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix together well.

Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth out, making the top level.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Remove from the oven, leave to stand for 5 minutes before cutting into 16 squares, then leave to cool completely in the tin.

Store in an air-tight container.

L x

Chocolate Syns

Who says you can't have chocolate if you're on a diet?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Video Recipe: Syn Free KFC Popcorn Chicken!

This is a delicious syn free version of KFC popcorn chicken (if using breadcrumbs as your HEB)

L x

Competition: Win a Dualit Toaster with Argos

Let’s face it, it’s winter. No more hiding behind the illusion of an Indian summer. It’s cold outside, we have started wearing knitwear and even cracking on the heating to make us toasty in the evenings.

When the seasons change we automatically want to change everything in the home to match this seasons ‘must have’ look. Thanks to Argos I have this 4 slice Dualit Toaster in red to give away worth £78.49 – a stunning addition to your winter kitchen.

This luxury toaster comes in bright red, a great festive colour for this season. It can handle four slices of bread and incorporates a handy bagel function, so making Christmas breakfast should be a doddle! The practical finish on this Dualit toaster stays cool to the touch and the Peek & Pop function allows you to check the bread while it’s toasting.

To be in for a chance to win this prize, simply enter through Raffelcopter below.
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The prize draw is open to customers and non-customers aged 18 or over who are UK residents. Draw is not open to employees of Argos, their families or anyone associated with this draw. Proof of eligibility must be provided on request.

Winners will be drawn at random at the end of the promotion. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative. The promoter’s decision is final in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into. 

The promoter reserves the right (a) to add to or waive any rules on reasonable notice (b) cancel or postpone the promotion at any stage in the event of circumstances beyond its reasonable control, or (c) in its reasonable discretion to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The winning entry will be selected by an independent judge and the judge's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered in to.

No cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize. The promoter reserves the right to offer alternative items/activities of a greater or equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it.

If a prize remains unclaimed after reasonable efforts have been made to contact the winner the promoter will be entitled to dispose of the prize as it sees fit without any liability to the winner for having done so.

The promoter reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose the promotion without prior notice. 

L x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My first video tutorial... 1.5 Syn Scotch Eggs

Today I made, edited and posted my first video tutorial video!  Have a look and let me know what you think (be nice, it's my first one!)

Built In Kitchen Appliances By MyAppliances

What would your dream kitchen be like? Big, techy or basic? I am used to my relatively small kitchen, just the right size to fit me in and enough space to move around and cook.  Sometimes I wish I had more cupboard space for storage and a part of me would love to paint all the cupboards pink!

The main focal point in most kitchens are the oven and hob.  I have an electric oven and a separate gas hob and after having a look around online I was amazed at some of the different options available!  I have been having a look at some of the best built in cooker appliances from My Appliances.

Range Cookers. If you have a bigger kitchen then a range cooker may be for you.  Sometimes when cooking a Sunday roast I think that 4 hobs just aren't enough! A range cooker is a very large cooker, usually with two or more ovens and six or more burners.  I would love one of these, but sadly there would have to be even less cupboard space than I already have!

MyAppliances offer a wide selection of Double Electric Ovens or Single Electric Ovens with nicely weighted chunky controls and handy programmers with added touch sense control system. What's more, double ovens like this are easy to clean and offer a new level of sophistication for the kitchen and the home. Perfect for those big meals.

If, like me, you have a very sensitive smoke detector (I swear it goes off at the slightest hint of any food cooking!) then you will need to have a decent cooker hood and extractor fan.  The latest design trend is for headroom hoods that gently slope away above the work surface, giving the best space above the hob and these can be complimented with a stunning glass splash back to complete the look. I couldn't live with mine, especially with my smoke detector! Also available are the chimney cooker hoods. The buttons on the front control the three speed settings and also the light function, making it a doddle to operate.

Aside from the fact they are extremely easy to use; the really great thing about ceramic hobs is how simple they are to clean- just use warm soapy water and remove any food splatters and stains in an instant.

Something a little special and a little different is an induction hob.  I had never heard of this until my parents got one and since seeing it in action I am amazed! Significantly more economical than ceramic, electric and gas hobs, induction hobs offer great value for money and have a smooth surface for easy cleaning following the evening's meal. Simple to control, hobs like this have a range of power levels to ensure instant heat at the touch of a button using a magnetic field to generate heat.  This means you can turn water from cold to boiling in about 30 seconds and when you take the pan off the heat the hob is still cold to the touch!

Which is your favourite? What is your kitchen like? Leave a comment below!

L x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: September Degustabox

I was excited to receive another Degustabox after not having one last month.   Their popularity has grown and I was intrigued to see how this was reflected in their boxes. Being on a diet I knew there would be stuff that I couldn't have, but this just meant more for Nick.   I noticed that they have changed courier again and now use parcel force.  They notified me via email that I would be receiving a package and the due date anBBBd also gave me the option of changing the day, delivering to a neighbour or to the nearest post office.  I selected to deliver to a neighbour but it was actually sent to my nearest post office (I assume maybe nobody else was home?)  This was quite annoying as I work 08:30-17:30, the exact times it is open!  When I eventually got the box it was damaged, which caused a few things inside to be broken, and the entire contents of a bag of crisps was lose inside!

Burts are a company based quite locally to me in Devon.  They are well known for their delicious potato chips so I was pleased about their inclusion.  These crisps however were actually Lentil Waves, crisps made from lentils!  They had a really nice light texture and packed with flavour, just a shame that one of the bags had been damaged and the contents was completely stale!

Nick was very excited to see these and billed them as "the original BN biscuit"  Pick Up are a thick Chocolate slab, sandwiched between two crisp biscuits and are individually wrapped in packs of 5.  They are definitely mourish and very tasty, perfect for lunch-boxes.  They also come in black and white- white chocolate bar sandwiched between two crisp chocolate flavour biscuits which tasted like an Oreo!

 Being on Slimming World I am consuming lots of salads.   It is always nice to have something a little different to go with it, and these Righteous salad dressings are just the thing.  You have lemon & Mustard, raspberry & sweet basil, mild English blue cheese and cider.  I found it mouthwatering just reading the packet and they didn't disappoint!   The handy pots are just the right serving for 1 person.

Some good old Crabbies were included too.  After going to Bestival I fell in love with the raspberry flavour due to their bus being close to our tent. Light and sweet with just a faint hint of ginger.  The lemon is really refreshing and tasty and I really like how subtle the ginger is.
This month Degustabox have chosen a "product of the month" and this month it goes to Little Miracles. I am not one for energy drinks as I find them overly sweet and the caffeine buzz is far too much for me.  Little Miracles are a blend of organic tea and super fruit juice with carefully selected panax ginseng in its purest form and açaí.  This provides a natural pick me up at any time of the day.  The flavour of the drink is also really nice, a far cry from sugary energy darkness.

I love marmalade on my toast and La Vieja Fabrica claim that their fruit spread, made from a 170-year-old recipe, can transform an ordinary occasion into something truly special.  This Seville orange is the perfect blend of bitter and sweet and goes really well with toast.

Probably known best for their condensed or evaporated milk, Carnation included some cooking milk. I was very intrigued by this as it says it contains half the fat of ordinary cream giving a much healthier option.   I used this recipe to make some delicious healthier cheese twirls!

This has to be Nicks favourite thing in the box.  Elizabeth Shaw products have been included a few times in the boxes, but this was something different.  A lovely fresh mint flavour with dark chocolate.  The box didn't last very long and I even had a few myself!  I sometimes find that mint chocolates can taste very artificial, but that was not the case with these.

Another great Degustabox with tasty treats inside.  Did you know that Degusta is the Spanish word for taste? Pretty self explanatory of the box!  

As always Degustabox have given a discount code for all Sugar Pink readers:- 6HB90

Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and check out their website!!

L x