Nourish & Glow || Delicious sugar free (and butter free) tea loaf


If, like me, you can’t survive without cake in your life but you want to be mindful of the reduce the amount of refined sugar in my diet then sugar-free recipes are the one. The perfect way to curb that sugar craving but without the crash that usually comes with it.

One of my favourite sugar-free recipes comes c/o Davina McCall from her ‘5 weeks to sugar-free’ book. This tea loaf is so simple to make and has no sugar or butter in the actual recipe (although I do add butter to my slices slice when I’m actually eating it!). Anything that accompanies a proper cup of tea, and doesn’t involve you reaching for the biscuit tin, is good in my book!


350g dried fruit (I make sure there’s a mixture of raisins, dates, sultanas and cranberries)

200ml freshly brewed tea

50ml maple syrup (honey is also good)

250g wholemeal spelt flour (can’t beat Doves Farm)!

2tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed space

2 free-range eggs


Boil the kettle and brew 200ml of tea. Pour over the dried fruit and maple syrup (or honey) let it sit for a few few hours (or overnight if you have the patience).

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

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Sieve the flour into a bowl and stir in the baking powder and mixed spice. Add the fruit and any of the liquid, along with the eggs. Mix it all up.

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Bake in the oven for around an hour. Take out and leave to cool for around ten minutes.

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Serve with butter and a cuppa!

(tea loaf is best when it’s still warm from the oven)!