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One of my hobbies (and many other people according to Schalk Bezuidenhout) during lockdown is cooking, baking and trying out new recipes. I am not afraid to experiment with different flavours and swop out ingredients to give a traditional recipe a more modern or healthier twist.

Last week I looked through my pile of recipe books in search of a sugar-free muffin recipe. Ranging from “too easy to flop” recipes to long-lasting, savoury, sweet and healthy muffins, I couldn’t find one recipe with less than 100g of sugar as part of the mix.

I decided to be creative and try out my own variation, replacing the sugar in the mix with naturally sweet ingredients. I have a whole bunch of bananas, carrots and apples stocked up during lockdown. If carrots and bananas are regularly used in carrot cake and banana bread, why can’t I use them in my sugar-free apple muffins?

I tweaked the original recipe according to my needs, replacing the unhealthy ingredients with carrots and bananas. I popped the muffins in the oven and hoped for the best. They came out perfectly. I will never make muffins with refined sugar again.

Here is the recipe I used:


  • 250 ml Cake Flour
  • 250 ml Whole Wheat or Bran Flour
  • 15 ml Baking Powder
  • 15 ml Cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Apple (grated)
  • 2 Carrots (grated)
  • 2 Bananas (Peeled and mashed)
  • 100 ml Sultanas (Optional)
  • 125 g Butter (Lightly melted)
  • 3 Eggs (Slightly beaten)
  • 180 ml Milk


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Prepare 12 muffin holes in a muffin pan with butter or Spray ‘n Cook.

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a mixing bowl. Add the apples, carrots and sultanas.

Mix the melted butter, eggs, milk and bananas together. Using a big metal spoon fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Do not overmix! With muffins, you should rather under-mix than overmix.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Let it cool down on a steel rack and enjoy guilt-free with your teatime or as a snack.


And there you have it! Sugar-free apple muffins with minimal effort!

What other sugar-free recipes have you tried yet before? Follow my sugar-free iced tea recipe here.


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