Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Raspberry Mini Muffins (& Quitting Sugar For 8 Weeks)

Hello :) Yep, I've just started as of a few days ago, Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar program...a how-to quit sugar in 8 weeks. First of all, this post is not about lecturing anyone into quitting sugar too. But basically I've been reading Sarah Wilson's blog for a little while now & was always intrigued by her articles and interview with David Gillespie (author of Sweet Poison). It's interesting stuff indeed.

Well the other day, after drinking a large fruit juice I had a really bad headache and just felt like I had no energy. I was intrigued to why this was the case and started reading a lot more about sugar, deciding I'd really like to give the program a go. I don't consider it a diet (and definitely do not want to lose weight), but see this as an experiment and opportunity to try new foods and alternatives. I'm going to be taking note of my skin, energy levels and mood. So I'll be saying "no" to raw sugar, maple syrup, fruit juices, honey etc for 8 weeks and "yes" to sweet alternatives such as coconut milk, coconut water, stevia, apple cider vinegar and liquorice tea.

I've only just started, so I'll probably be letting you know how I go. And I have lots of delicious recipes to try too! The first being these raspberry mini muffins. They happen to be (as well as sugar free), dairy free, gluten free & grain free. You're probably now wondering "well, what is in them?" They actually have a base of almond meal, with coconut milk, grapeseed oil, eggs and frozen raspberries (or blueberries). And liquid stevia, which I'm experimenting with for the first time.

Raspberry mini muffins (link

They make 12 muffins, or 30 mini muffins which I made. To be honest I couldn't really taste the sweetness from the stevia. But they're still really tasty & nutty in flavour with a pop of sweet raspberries. 

I'd like to know if you use stevia to replace sugar? And what sugar alternatives do you love? 

Happy baking!

Hannah x


  1. Hello! I love your blog :) I am reading 'Sweet Poison' at the moment and have been thinking about following the IQS programme. I would be interested to know how it goes for you!

    1. Awesome! I haven't read it, maybe I should though! I'll be sure to keep you updated :)

  2. Oooh! I can't wait to follow you on your no sugar journey.
    You might (might bring key word) convince me to try haha.
    Maybe I can do a sugar free month?
    J x

    1. hehe it is a bit tough! Oh yeah for sure, even a sugar free week or day & see if your energy/mood is different :)