No-sugar Chocolate Linseed Fudge

Chocolate sugar-free fudge

Fudge flavour and health

I have to confess loving real fudge even if I do find it way too sweet and I know it is super-unhealthy. I aways used to find making it an unpredictable fiddle-faddle but my main issue is cleaning pans of their coating, inside and out, of rock hard sugar.  This healthy recipe is for sugar-free fudge – great for the  figure and diabetics – and it is much quicker and easier to make, it’s almost instant. My sugar-free fudge is real food, with healthy ingredients nuts, linseed, cocoa so it is full of great nutrients, antioxidants, fibre and omega-3 – and low GI too. It tastes great, with no refined sugar and no naughty fats it doesn’t make you feel guilty but has real fudgy texture.

Lime and Chocolate

As a child one of my favourite sweets was chocolate limes even though I was always a bit disappointed that they weren’t chocoaltey enough nor were they as sharp lime should be. When I made this recipe with the zest of a whole lime it was very grown up and just what I wanted. If I was making it for children I would either use less zest or make it with orange.

Simple, sticky, 2 ingredient molasses flax bars

Treacle flax bars

Molasses: tasty, healthy and natural sweetening

I love molasses almost as much as chocolate in baking. It is a healthy sweetener with almost half the sugar of other sugars but loads of healthful minerals and masses of glorious flavour.   There are just two ingredients so these bars are very easy to make.  I enjoy these healthy bars for breakfast, not too sweet and a great start to the day,. They are also delcious with a cup of coffee or packed in lunchboxes or rucksacks for walking and cycling.

Every day I love these bars more and more until they are finished. They are intensely flavoursome and relatively low in sugar,, which is made even healhtier by the high fibre of the linseed which slows down the rate you digest sugars thereby protecting you from sugar spikes and the droopiness that follows foods made with refined sugars and starches.

Healthy ground linseed bars

With almost 14g of ground linseed in each bar it means a whopping 5.5g omega-3 and 6g fibre but only 12 g sugar and no wheat and gluten-free. Which makes these really healthy bars and a great way to eat your daily linseed.

Olive oil vs flax oil

Flax Farm fresh cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil for omega-3

Q: Isn’t olive oil as healthy as linseed (flax) oil?

A: Olive oil isn’t a good source of omega-3

Extra virgin olive oil is a good traditional food, rich in poly-phenols and antioxidants.  Its fatty acid profile is mainly omega-9, a significant amount of omega-6, and very little or no omega-3.

Linseed (flax) oil a good source of omega-3

Beneficial ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 shows why Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil is anti-inflammatory and can help re-balance the other fats in our diet.
Beneficial ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 shows why Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil is anti-inflammatory and can help re-balance the other fats in our diet.

Linseed oil is mainly omega-3 which is the essential fat most of us  need more of.  Adding linseed oil to your diet is an easy way to improve your omega-3 levels.

 

Linseed oil a good balance of omega-3 : omega-6

Balance of omega-3 to omega-6 is important.  No matter how much olive oil you consume it won’t contribute to a healthy omega-3 : omega-6 balance.

Because linseed oil contains far more omega-3 than omega-6 you don’t need very much of it to re-balance your diet.

Try adding Flax Farm linseed oil to olive oil in equal quantities to give you a good balance of omega-3 and 6.

Linolenic acid, Linoleic acid, Oleic acid,

Omega-3, 6 and 9 are the fatty acids most commonly spoken of. Omega-3 and 6 are essential, your body can’t make them. However your body makes Omega-9, oleic acid from other foods when needed; so omega-9 isn’t called essential.

Turmeric, cauliflower & linseed bread

Cauliflower turmeric linseed bread slices
Cauliflower ingredient for gluten-free bread
Cauliflower ingredient for gluten-free bread

This is very easy to make.

Lots of wonderful nutritious stuff going on in a delicious savoury bread.  Full of all the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, polyphenol power of linseed, turmeric & cauliflower and no gluten of starch in sight!  You can make sandwiches with it or just have it in the fridge for something tasty and  healthy to take the edge off your appetite when come home ravenous. It’s savoury and nice on it’s own, add it to your lunch-box, it’s a great way to increase your vegetable and dietary fibre intake.

All ingredients are super low GI and starch free so suitable for weight loss and diabetic diets. Linseed also gives you a helping of omega-3 for good measure.

Turmeric has a great reputation for being anti-inflammatory, it needs both black pepper and oil to get the best from it.  This recipe provides both, the ground linseed proves the necessary oil.

Chocolate Mousse (Quick, Easy, Healthy & Delicious!)

Linseed chocolate mouse

I’m not sure whether the best thing about this recipe is that it’s so much quicker and easier to make than conventional mousse, full of good linseedy things like fibre and omega-3, it’s got no sugar and is low GI, it fills you up, got no naughty fats, amazingly delicious or just a great healthy way to get your chocolate fix! Despite the banana being the base it doesn’t taste particularly of strongly of banana. If you want a treat try this for breakfast; it’s a lot healthier than other chocolate breakfasts!

 

Raw Blackcurrant Ice-Cream with Linseed (dairy-free, sugar-free and no saturated fat)

Sugar-free, saturated-fat-free, dairy-free blackcurrant & banana ice-cream recipe.

Healthy Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe came about after going out for summer walk over the South Downs with a friend who decided to.restore herself with a blackcurrant ice cream; knowing her ice cream was laden with dairy, saturated fat and sugar didn’t make it any less tempting.  So as soon as I got home I made this recipe which is sugar-free, saturated-fat-free, dairy-free and low GI and much lower in calories. Since then I have been working on perfecting and find it makes and excellent breakfast during warm weather as well as satisfying dessert.

Having learnt how to make this sort of ice cream, healthy and delicious, brimming with all the goodness of fresh fruit and Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil and ground linseed (omega-3, soluble and insoluble fibre, antioxidants,lignans)  I am never going to buy conventional ice creams and sorbets ever again. Check out our recipes for other varieties to keep your healthy with these super treats that are somewhere between conventional ice creams, sorbet and semifreddo desserts.

Quick and Easy to Make Homemade Ice Cream

This healthy ice home made cream recipe has the added benefit of being incredibly quick and easy to make – useful when you need an emergency dessert!

For dinner parties dress it up with sweetened fruit coulis and toasted flaked almonds, your guests will love it.

 

Pineapple, Banana and Passionfruit Ice with Linseed (dairy-free, sugar-free and no-added saturated fat)

Healthy Sorbet Style Ice Cream Recipe

I think this is my favourite ice cream or sorbet of all time.  I first made it getting back after a ParkRun on a hot July morning; just the ticket!

Another benefit is it’s super quick and easy to make.  It’s really refreshing but much healthier than a sorbet and more satisfying. I love making my own ices this way, I can’t think I will ever want to buy them from shops again and these healthy ice creams and sorbets go down well even with those who are still adverse to eating healthily.

Chocolate Semifreddo Ice Cream with Flax (Sugar-free, Saturated fat-free) and Banana

Healthy chocolate ice cream -vegan sugar-free, saturated fat free. High in omega-3 dessert. Bowl of

Tastes so good and it’s good and healthy

Today, when I was out, I wanted chocolate ice cream so much, but I kept my willpower strong and made this for dessert when I got home; it was much nicer than I could have bought; I am glad I resisted earlier temptation.  This is a really good chocolate ice-cream fix and it’s healthy.  You hardly notice it is banana.  Using lovely Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil this dessert is rich in omega-3. The ground linseed provides fibre and even more linseed goodness. The ice cream is smoother without the ground linseed but adding it it makes the pud even more sustaining. No one will guess it is vegan, dairy free and no added sugar!

Rich in Omega-3

It’s an excellent way to add extra omega-3 into your diet (at least 7.5g per portion) and with ground linseed in there too it means lower GI and good for the digestion too.

Very quick and easy to make ice cream

It takes no longer to make than read the instructions! It’s all very approximate and seems to come out right whatever. Whether you make it because it’s healthy or just because you like it, it’s great as a last minute dessert to share with friends.  If you put the cold-pressed linseed oil in the freezer first it makes the dessert more frozen otherwise it is softer, more of a semifreddo, iced dessert type ice cream, almost a chocolate mouse but whichever it is pretty good when you are trying to eat healthily.

If you are not a complete dark chocolate addict you may want to put slightly less cocoa powder in to start.

Banana, Berries and Linseed Semifreddo “Ice Cream” (sugar-free)

Banana, berry and linseed ice cream. Healthy, omega-3, lower GI, no added sugar and delicious.

An amazingly delicious ice cream that’s healthy, sugar-free, dairy-free, saturated fat-free

Never mind the healthy it is unbelievably delicious; rich creamy, fruity and gorgeous. However because we use our lovely Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil it is rich in omega-3, ground linseed provides fibre and general linseed goodness plus at least two of your 5 a day fruits – who’d have thought an ice cream could be this healthy. No one will guess it is vegan, dairy free and no added sugar!

Rich in Omega-3

It’s an excellent way to add extra omega-3 into your diet (at least 7.5g per portion) and with ground linseed in there too it means lower GI and good for the digestion too.

Your choice of berries

Use whatever berries you fancy: strawberries, blueberries, mixed; fresh or frozen. We liked the version we made with frozen raspberries best.

Very quick and easy to make ice cream

It takes no longer to make than read the instructions! It’s all very approximate and seems to come out right whatever. Whether you make it because it’s healthy or just because you like it, it’s great as a last minute dessert to share with friends.

Feeding hens with linseed for omega-3 eggs

Millefleur Wyandotte chickens lay omega-3 eggs when fed with linseed oil.

Linseed in chicken feed increases omega-3 in eggs

You are what you eat and the same goes for chickens!  Linseed (flax) oil and ground linseed in the diet of hens and bantams increases levels of omega-3 in meat and eggs Continue reading