I discovered a wonderful world out there the other day. A world I had been oblivious to (I’ve been oblivious to a lot of things recently). A world where some beautifully talented and curious and dedicated food bloggers have quit sugar and taken to experimenting with sugar-free recipes. I’ll be profiling a few here going forwards, so stay tuned.

photo via scandi foodie

I came across Maria’s blog Scandi Foodie after interacting with her her sweet tweets recently. Maria is a props stylist originally from Finland, now living in Sydney. Her elegant food philosophy and styling have been influenced by her Scandinavian background, and she specialises in healthy, feel-good food. Feel-good food. Yes, I like it. And the Scandinavian aesthetic and social outlook is just TALKING to me right now.

And what about this recipe!!!! A very fine use of coconut products and a clever invention all round, don’t you think? The rhubarb? A fruit? Well, technically it’s a vegetable (and one with lots of health benefits, so say the Chinese) and doesn’t contain much sugar at all.  It’s very tart, so you may wish to “sweeten” it with a little stevia. I reckon you could also use frozen berries, if you wanted. What say you, Maria?

sugar free rhubarb macaroon slice

Base
  • 100g quinoa flakes
  • 50g coconut flakes (no sugar added)
  • 50g rolled oats*
  • 1 tablespoon raw pure cacao nibs (total sugars 3.6g/100g)
  • 80g virgin coconut oil
  • 2 large egg whites (free-range,organic)
Filling
  • 200g rhubarb, cut into 1 cm slices
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Top
  • 3 large egg whites (free-range, organic)
  • 50g fine desiccated coconut (no sugar added)
* You could make this totally gluten-free by using uncontaminated oats, or simply replacing the 50 grams of oats with more quinoa flakes.

Preheat oven to 180C and line a 25cm x 15cm baking tray with baking paper.

For the filling, place the rhubarb and ground cinnamon, along with a dash of water (a couple of tablespoons) into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to boil, then let simmer while you make the base and the filling. Stir the mixture every now and then and just let it cook until quite thick. Set aside to cool.

For the base, place the quinoa flakes, coconut flakes, oats and cacao nibs into a food processor. Grind the ingredients into a fine-ish mixture, then add the coconut oil and grind until the mixture comes together. Beat in the egg whites. Spoon the dough in the baking dish and, using your hands, spread on the baking sheet into a 1-2 cm thick base.

For the topping, beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until thick. Carefully fold in the coconut.
Spread the rhubarb filling on the base into a thin layer. Spread the coconut ‘meringue’ on top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, then let cool completely before cutting. This is best eaten within 2 days. The top doesn’t freeze very well, so I recommend eating it while fresh.

Maria has also cooked up a number of the recipes in my I Quit Sugar ebook and from my blog, and shared the results. She made them look a damn-side better than mine!

sugar free coconut granola

For my original recipe, go here.

grain free, sugar free breakfast muffins

For my original recipe, go here.

For Maria’s adaptation, go here.

activated spiced nuts

For my original recipe, go here.

sweet potato spelt muffins

Thanks again Maria for your gorgeous interpretations. Go have a play on her blog…real food, made pretty.

And if you want to do the sugar free thing, too, my I Quit Sugar ebook is still the very do-able, just-a-few-lattes $15. An 8-week program. With detox tips, recipes, shopping list and tricks for making the transition actually better than chocolate.

If you’ve cooked up any of my recipes and want to share the pics, or if you’ve developed your own, please attach your links below. We’d love to share the sugar-free love…

 

 

 

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Grace

    I keep looking online for recipes that I am able eat, but have yet to find one. I hope I find one on this website, it seems promising. Some examples of things I am unable to have are: Coconut products, almond products, dairy, sugar, gluten, oats, chocolate, all fruit but berries, many beans, and so on. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I am desperate. Especially since my birthday is on the 27th of this month. A birthday cake is going to be difficult. Please respond if you have any ideas or any recipes I can try to help. I would thoroughly appreciate it. ?

  • Michelle

    I have just been given a massive bag of home grown rhubarb (I love free food!) and I quite fancy trying the macaroon slice but Quinao flakes are really expensive. Has anyone tried it with anything else? Almond meal or oats? Thanks!