We've rounded up lots of delicious low-sugar and even sugar-free bakes which swap those grams of caster sugar or brown sugar for sweetners like Stevia or even natural ingredients like honey or maple syrup instead...
These sugar-free and low-sugar cakes and bakes are perfect if you’re trying to be healthier this month. We’ve got lots to choose from including low-sugar malt loaf, sugar-free carrot cake and more.
We’ve become a little obsessed with sugar at the moment. Cutting down the amount we put in our tea, swapping the sprinkle on our morning porridge for a drizzle of honey instead and now we’re starting to think about our favourite past time, baking. As amazing as baking is, it can be a little worrying to see all that sugar go into the bowl!
If you’re feeling our pain then you’ve definitely come to the right place. We’ve rounded up lots of delicious low-sugar and even sugar-free bakes which swap those grams of caster sugar or brown sugar for sweeteners like Stevia or even natural ingredients like honey or maple syrup instead.
Don’t worry, you don’t miss out on any of the sweet flavours we love about cakes and bakes – fresh fruits, nuts and homemade toppings make all the difference!
First on the list, if you’ve been searching high and low for a sugar-free carrot cake
recipe – this is it. Each mini cake is sticky, sweet and topped with
handfuls of walnuts and raisins. These gooey little bites are to carrot
cake what brownies are to chocolate cake – gooey and fudgy, just minus
Get the recipe: Sugar-free carrot cake bites
Click through to see all of our low-sugar bakes, for a sweet treat minus the heaps of sugar…
These brazil nut brownies are free from refined sugar, made with plain chocolate, cocoa powder and honey for natural sweetness. They are just as good as the real deal!
Get the recipe: Sugar-free brazil nut brownies.
Not only does this bundt cake look good, it tastes good too combining apple puree, sultanas and agave syrup together for the sweetness and plain flour and rice milk for the sponge-like texture. This cake will serve up to 14 people and can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days too – just in case there are leftovers (unlikely!)
Get the recipe: Low-sugar apple and cinnamon cake
We just can’t get over the fact that these chocolate chip cookies are low in sugar. The dark chocolate chips and cocoa powder will satisfy your chocolate cravings and the added vanilla extract will give you a hint of sweetness that you’d usually get from caster sugar – perfect!
Get the recipe: Low-sugar chocolate chip cookies
Anneliese Giggins makes these low-sugar malt loaf bars for her boys’ packed lunches. Malt extract is used as a natural sweetener, while wholemeal flour adds extra fibre. The results are sweet and squidgy, the perfect lunchbox treat.
Get the recipe: Low-sugar malt loaf bars
Not only is this delicious carrot cake gluten-free, it’s sugar-free too swapping sugar for Splenda or Stevia extract instead. This recipe also uses coconut flour and pecan flour which makes the cake light and fluffy, you can change it for plain flour though if you’d prefer – the choice is yours!
Get the recipe: Gluten-free and sugar-free carrot cake
There’s no need for sugar in this recipe. The fresh lemon juice and blueberries create all the sweetness you expect from homemade muffins. Serve them as a mid-morning snacks or pop into your child’s lunch box for a not-so-naughty treat.
Get the recipe: Gluten-free and sugar-free blueberry hazelnut muffins
This recipe swaps sugar for Erythritol powder and Stevia which can be found in most supermarkets or bought online. The almonds give the cake its texture and the sweet cinnamon filling gives this cake its flavoursome kick.
Get the recipe: Sugar-free cinnamon and cardamom coffee cake
Gluten-free and sugar-free? Now, that’s what we like to see! This delicious banana bundt cake uses chia seeds, non-dairy spread and Xylitol instead to make it sugar-free but flavour packed. The riper the bananas, the sweeter your cake will be so don’t bin those brown ones just yet!
Get the recipe: Gluten-free and sugar-free banana cake
Now these prunes buns are low in sugar but they do use some sugar in the mix, 40g of light brown sugar to be precise. That works out at about two and half tablespoons of sugar in this whole recipe which is not too shabby! The dried prunes and the skimmed milk make these buns that little bit sweeter.
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers prune buns
This low-sugar bake is an American classic combining strawberries, almonds, sweetener and whipping cream for that sugar fix. This bake is spongy and light making it the perfect bake for sharing with friends and family.
Get the recipe: Low-sugar strawberry and vanilla cream lengths
At 255 calories per cupcake, we’re just in love with these low-sugar bakes. A dark rich chocolate sponge and a thick buttercream made from low-fat spread and low-fat cream cheese makes these cupcakes irresistible. Each cupcake contains just 1.5g of sugar which is just the cherry on top – see what we did there?
Get the recipe: Lower-cal red velvet cupcakes