Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sugar Free Vanilla Buns

Desperately trying to reduce my everyday sugar intake, I came up with these buns. They're really just little scone-like muffins that you can split while still warm and drizzle with a little runny honey before eating, or top with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt and a strawberry slice. 

The good thing about these is that the vanilla bean paste is quite strong, so it gives the illusion of sweetness without any added sugar. If you wanted to, you could add a tablespoon or two of sweetener (like Splenda) or just make them 'low sugar' and just add some caster sugar to sweeten. But I think that with the added honey or fruit they don't really need it. 


vanilla buns with honey and greek yoghurt and strawberries

Sugar-Free Vanilla Buns
Makes 12
Ingredients
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
200ml skimmed milk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
100ml vegetable oil
Low-Fat Greek yoghurt, runny honey and strawberries, to serve.

Method
In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Measure the milk and vegetable oil into a jug and then crack in the egg and beat in the vanilla bean paste. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix gently until just combined. Pour into the indents of a silicone muffin tray (or use muffin cases) and bake at 200ºC for 15-20 minutes. Split with a knife and serve with a little yoghurt on top and a drizzle of honey, or some sliced strawberries. 

Are you looking to cut down on your sugar intake, or know anyone who is? Would these be useful? 

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