Shop bought cakes and snacks are all sweetened to an intensely high level of sweetness. If you were to taste them blindfold and with no sense of smell, all you would experience is the dominating taste of sugar. It is only because smell and vision are such a big part of enjoying food, that we can distinguish between a cherry bakewell and a fondant fancy.
The trouble with these products is that they keep our liking for sweetness at a high level, so we no longer find the subtle sweetness of berries, for instance sweet enough. Surely there shouldn’t be a need to sprinkle sugar on strawberries, but so many of us do.
These recipes are free from refined sugar with the aim of helping you to lower your liking of intense sweetness (as recreated in sugar free drinks). They will also help you to build an appreciation of the natural sweetness in ingredients such as carrots and apples, while discovering the variety of flavours different ingredients bring to a recipe.