If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth with a natural alternative, here are some ways to keep your food naturally sweet.
Bananas, homemade apple sauce and crushed berries are just a few ways you can use fruit to naturally sweeten breakfast cereal and other recipes. They are also great in desserts including berries with yoghurt, fruit crumble or poached pears with spices. Dates are also a great option in cooking, as a paste or in salads.
Slow roasting your vegetables can bring out their naturally sweet flavour, especially if you add onions, sweet potato or beets. Add olive or coconut oil and cook slowly to allow the natural sugars of the vegetables to caramelise.
Experiment with naturally sweet flavours and textures including coconut flakes sprinkled on cereal or salads, and coconut oil for cooking. Also, cinnamon and vanilla bean powder are both naturally sweet alternatives for sprinkling on dishes.
A dash of dairy
Dairy contains lactose, a naturally-occurring sugar that gives milk and cream its slightly sweet flavour. Add a dash of cream to sweeten stews or soups, or make your own almond milk for a creamy, nutty alternative to add to smoothies or hot chocolates.
Comvita’s UMF Manuka Honey is known for its health-maintaining effects and contains natural antibacterial activity and unique plant phenols. Use as a delicious spread, add a dash to your coffee or tea, or use in cooking to sweeten your food naturally.
How do you sweeten your food naturally? Do you have any tips or recipes to share?