Seen as Easter is a time of gluttony and chocolate gorging, I thought it would be nice to make a sugar free treat! These tasty Sugar Free Simnel Muffins are packed with fruit, topped with crunchy flaked almonds and are flavoured with cinnamon, almond extract and nutmeg for a delicious Easter flavour with a few less calories! I used Natvia to make these Sugar Free Simnel Muffins, which is a 100% natural sweetener I was sent recently to try out. It has absolutely zero calories and is also suitable for diabetics. Natvia is made from the Stevia plant, and unlike other sweeteners, you can bake and cook with it. I’ve never thought of using a sweetener to lower the calories in my bakes so I was really interested to see what result I got!
I started by creaming together Natvia and butter. It looks and behaves exactly like regular caster sugar. Then I added eggs and almond extract and whisked well.
I gently mixed in grated apple, I used a gala apple as I think they are the sweetest. And some mixed dried fruit.
Finally I folded in self raising flour along with mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
I spooned the mixture info 12 muffin cases and sprinkled some toasted flaked almonds on top.
I baked the muffins on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes until golden brown.
These Sugar Free Simnel Muffins went down a treat with my colleagues and despite being healthier they disappeared just as fast as anything else I’ve made because they were so tasty! I didn’t mention they had a sweetener in until the end and no one commented or noticed any difference and neither did I.
Simnel Muffins (Sugar Free)
- 185 g Natvia
- 185 g Butter
- 3 Eggs large
- 1 tsp Almond extract
- 1 Apple peeled, cored and grated
- 250 g Mixed dried fruit
- 250 g Self raising flour
- 1 tsp Mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
- A handful of Flaked almonds
Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4, line a cupcake tin with paper cases
Cream together the Natvia and the butter. Add the eggs and almond extract and whisk well
Gently mix in the apple. And then the mixed dried fruit
Finally fold in the self raising flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger
Spoon the mixture info 12 muffin cases and sprinkle the flaked almonds on top
Bake the muffins for 25 minutes until golden brown
Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead
NB. I was sent some Natvia for free to bake with, all opinions are my own.