I’ve had an interesting journey over the last few months after being diagnosed with insulin resistance.
This wasn’t surprising as I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, but it still meant making some drastic changes to my lifestyle. One of my favourite treats is a Costa coffee and lemon muffin, which, at 55g of carbohydrates, wasn’t doing my blood sugar any good!
I have found it quite easy to adapt my meals to being lower carb or pairing carbs with fat and protein to slow down the absorption of sugars. However finding suitable bakes has been much harder.
With this in mind, I reached out to a company called No Guilt Bakes who had previously contacted me about trying some of their keto-friendly bakes. No Guilt Bakes was founded by two ladies, Taeya and Maya, who decided to swap to a keto lifestyle after piling on the pounds at university. They lost a significant amount of weight but struggled to find suitable keto or low carb bakes available to sustain their new way of eating, so, No Guilt Bakes was born.
Now let’s talk about lemon drizzle cakes again, something which I couldn’t find a healthier alternative to in any of the supermarkets. Thankfully, No Guilt Bakes do their own version and also lemon & poppy cake bites.
I tried both and I was so impressed! The cake bites are spongy, tangy and have just enough sweetness. They are 40g each with less than 2g net carbs per pack, and are a great snack to pop in your bag for a treat on the go.
Price wise, they are £12.99 for a pack of 6 and £22.99 for a pack of 12. At first I thought that it was on the expensive side, but then a quick look online showed me that many healthy energy balls and protein balls sell for £2-£3 each, so it’s actually very competitively priced in hindsight.
The lemon drizzle loaf was an absolute firm favourite and absolutely delicious with a cup of tea. It’s lovely slightly heated up too. This has 2g net carbs per 100g, which is unbelievable as you really can’t tell that it’s a keto cake. The taste, texture and aftertaste was just as good as any regular lemon drizzle cake. Price wise, the loaf is £8.99 and makes 8-10 slices, so great value.
I think my favourite product was the caramel keto fudge. Oh my gosh, when I tell you this was possibly the best fudge that I have ever eaten I am not exaggerating. I grew up in Scotland where we have something called a ‘tablet.’ It’s a fudge which is incredible but obviously very sugary. This is the first time that I have found a fudge that gives me the same amount of satisfaction. It was creamy, firm and just melted perfectly in my mouth. I think I finished the packet in 3 servings. It’s made with their distinctive low-carb caramel sauce, cream and no added sugar, Belgian white chocolate chips. If you only try one product, then make sure it’s this! It has 5g net carbs per 100g and price wise it is £4.29 for 1 pack or £11.99 for 3 packs.
Last, was the white chocolate chips. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate, so I didn’t have any expectations before trying this. I would say that they are more of a white chocolate button than chips, but either way, they were creamy, quite subtle taste wise and worked well added to some home bakes. They only have 0.75g per serving, which is amazing considering it contains real Belgian chocolate! Price wise, it is £8.99 per pack.
No Guilt Bakes sweeten their products with stevia and erythritol and inulin is another popular ingredient in their bakes. Inulin is a dietary fiber which has some great benefits for digestive health and is also a popular supplement for managing diabetes.
I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth, but it’s nice to be able to indulge in some fudge or cake without worrying about it spiking my glucose levels or worrying about what fat and protein to pair it with to minimise the damage.
My daughter loved the products too (especially the lemon drizzle loaf cake).
My overall opinion of No Guilt Bakes is that it’s a fantastic alternative to shop-bought bakes and treats. The price might be considered to be slightly on the higher side, but I think it’s justified in terms of ingredients and the overall health benefits. The products are also filling, which might be down to the inulin? So you only need 1 or 2 pieces of fudge or a small portion of the cake loaf.