Refined Sugar free birthday cakes

It’s my birthday on Sunday and like hell am I not celebrating, I do not believe for one second that joy and celebration comes from external factors whether that is sweet food, booze or drugs. I will have a fab time regardless. I do however want something fun to eat as well. Yesterday afternoon was spent having a go at making a few refined sugar free treats,

Here is my birthday shopping basket, it certainly looks healthier than the average birthday spread I’ve planned!

The first cake I made has no added anything it’s sweetness all comes from the bananas and the dates:-


  • 250 g dates soaked overnight in 100 ml water
  • 2 bananas
  • 200 g walnuts chopped
  • 100 g polenta mixed with one tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, separated


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Prepare loaf tin by greasing it or lining with grease proof paper.
  2. Blend the dates, liquid and bananas. Add the egg yolks, walnuts, lemon zest and spices.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the date and banana mix.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until you get soft peaks. Fold gently into the mixture.
  5. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 49 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

You can find the recipe here :-

Recipe: Gluten free and sugar free date and banana loaf

After that my own variation of date balls. Date balls are a really easy treat to make and store well in the fridge

These are cinamon balls and cocoa balls

The basic ingredients are 350g dates 200g oats. I then seperated the mixture out. To make the cinnamon balls I added cinnamon (obviously) and went wild and put in 40g of date syrup (the sugar free folk class this as ok so I’m allowing as a special occasion addition). For the cocoa I added a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder and 50g coconut oil plus 30g cacoa nibs.

One of my other favourites is loosely based on a recipe in the first Deliciously Ella cookbook “Key lime pie”. I leave the lime out and use cocoa powder and orange oil to make it chocolate orange. I also prefer date syrup with the chocolate flavor.


400g ground almonds

600g dates

2 tablespoons coconut oil


5 ripe avocados

Date syrup 100ml

4 tablespoons coconut milk

Orange oil

Cocoa powder

Base- blend it and squish into a cake tin

Middle- blend together spoon on top put in the freezer to set for about 90 mins

After its set I blend soaked cashew nuts with berries and a splash of coconut milk to make a second layer.

Honestly I can’t wait to try this on Sunday.

Not sure if I’m going to leave it at these three or make anymore. I don’t think anyone in my family outside of my daughter and I is willing to give the refined sugar free food a try so I don’t want to over prepare!

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