I am very happy to share today this recipe. It’s absolutely delicious, sweet in the right way and so moist inside. Let me tell you more about these Naturally Sweetened & Gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins.
A few years ago I had no idea how delicious desserts you can create without sugar. It was normal for me to accept that sugar is a part of our lives and it is absolutely fine to use it daily. However, since I started searching more information about a healthier life, creating better balance on my plate, taking care of my body, I started noticing how much sugar in reality we eat.
So, I wanted to find solutions to avoid sugar intake every day. I stopped using white sugar, and I use light brown cane sugar very rarely. Most of my recipes are made with raw cane dark sugar. This is not so processed as the light brown or white one. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets and creating desserts is one of my most favourite part of recipe creation process. But, I found out how I can better avoid consuming sugar. And, I am so excited to show you today, that you can create something absolutely delicious and naturally sweetened.
This recipe is naturally sweetened. There is no sugar at all, except the fructose in fruits – carrots, apple, cashews and dry dates. I love using dry dates, they are full of antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and vitamins. Plus they have such a delicious taste. Try to add them eventually into smoothies too, super yummy.
Sugar Problem. Start read labels. You get surprised
It’s incredible how we get dependent on sugar. If you start reading the labels of products in supermarkets, you find added sugar almost everywhere. The last time I bought a gluten-free flour, where guess what, there was so much sugar inside. I ended up using a tea sieve to separate sugar, because a flour sieve had too big holes so it didn’t work.
You can find sugar not only in fruit drinks, cereals, yogurts etc, but also in products, you wouldn’t expect. Bread, soups, some cured meat or in ketchup and many other products. When I think about it, it makes me so angry. By consuming too much sugar, we risk our health. We risk an increase of cardiovascular diseases, weight, diabetes, acne/skin problems, raise blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation. There are so many articles writing about this topic. If you are interested in reading more about it, click here.
My solutions to avoid sugar
It’s really hard to avoid sugar, as it is added to almost every product out there. For this reason I do not buy any processed products. I prepare meat and everything else by myself. Regarding bread, we never eat it, however if necessary, I go to the local small bakery. Or those few times I make it at home. After I noticed added sugar in a gluten-free flour, I stopped buying prepared mix of flour and I rather use classic rice or buckwheat flour.
I starting to do everything by myself, combining different flours and I cook all from scratch (meat, soups, sauces…) When preparing desserts, I use raw cane sugar or lately I use a lot of natural ingredients, such as dry dates.
I know it’s time and energy consuming but I see results. We feel better, have a lot of energy, and we are fit. Even if honestly said, I don’t do much sport in the last months (because of very little time I have).
Personally, since I consume minimum sugar, my skin has improved a lot and I am able to maintain my weight for the 3rd year already. (Considering I stopped actively exercise months ago) Also, I always had some akne problem in the past, even at the age of 25 or so, but since I changed my diet, I do not face this problem anymore. I can’t say it was only because of sugar but more as a result of my wrong eating habits.
This gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins are:
- Naturally sweetened
- Great for breakfast, snack or when having guests
- Soy-free (if using rice milk)
- Super delicious
Looking for more inspiration?
You can check some of my other recipes too. If you are interested in more naturally sweetened recipes, you can check this White Beans & Coconut cake. If you prefer some savoury meals, I just recently posted my first video recipe for Gluten-free Flatbreads, made with chickpea and buckwheat flour. They work perfectly with the Thyme hummus, find the recipe here. Or, see all my recipes here.
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Recipe for these Naturally Sweetened Gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins
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