This was published prior to me becoming vegan.
Ensuring that my family eats healthily is extremely important to me as those who follow this blog, know. Giving Gwyneth (;)) a run for her money with our gluten-free, low carb, super-nutritious fare here (most of the time) means I love keeping on top of the newest, healthiest products on the market.
It was great timing then that I was asked to review Degustabox in January as they launched a healthy box for all the family.
Degustabox is a subscription service that sends you a box of healthy and delicious food and drink products monthly (arriving on the last week of the month via a DPD courier).
The products are a surprise with a mix of well known brands to some that are brand new including snacks, cooking sauces and condiments too – so it’s a brilliant way to keep up with the latest healthy food and drink trends and discover items you wouldn’t otherwise!
This was our bumper box of goodness-
Delivered to my door, carefully boxed with each item prestine was quite a joy to unwrap!
Arriving bang on lunchtime, the first product Alexander my 2 year old decided to try, was the Japanese gluten free Kabuto Noodles (£2) in Miso Ramen.
Kabuto Noodles are basically a tastier, healthier version of a Pot Noodle, fab for on the run busy mums, oh and also busy two year olds too. Alexander gobbled them up and drank the miso at the end. 10/10 from a hungry toddler, then!
I opted for rye Finn Crisp Originals (£1.20) topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese, the latter two from the fridge not the box and others he towered chunky slices of mature vintage cheddar with dollops of Haywards Picalilli (£1.89) from the box with a green side salad. The perfect light-ish lunch!
I haven’t had aloe juice since holidaying in South Africa a few years ago, so Simplee Aloe (£1.79) brought back happy memories and has a host of health benefits to boot (lowers blood sugar, detoxes, support your immune system and more). Made with ethically-sourced ingredients, it contains no artificial colours or flavours and this was a first for me brand-wise and one I’ll be adding to the shopping list.
I also adored the Little Miracles Bottled Organic Energy (£1.48 each) too. A blend of organic tea, juice, and ginseng, sweetened with agave and also free from artificial colours and flavourings, all these drinks really are a perfect alternative when water gets a little dull!
The next morning, my porridge-crazy kids tucked into Mornflakes Top Porridge Pots (£1.19 Each). Quick, easy and fun to make, especially when you’re 5, they came with separate additions of honey and nutella which was a nice touch. I can’t eat nuts but my husband ate the nutella on his gluten-free toast. A breakfast that just keeps on giving hey!
The box also contained Alfa One Rice Bran Oil (£2), Koko Dairy Free Coconut milk (£1.39) and Sukrin Cake Mix (£5); and using these products I decided to get my creative juices flowing and develop my own recipe for gluten and sugar free Banana and coconut bread below!
The mix provided, to make the cake is versatile so you could make cupcakes or a round cake and of course any flavour and style you fancy. All Sukrin products have Non-GMO ingredients and no artificial colours or preservatives.
One packet bakes a 600 g cake and serves 10.
- 3 large free range eggs (or egg replacer if you like)
- 75 ml water
- 75 ml coconut milk
- 75 ml rice oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 5 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 1 Packet Sukrin Cake Mix*
- Handful of coconut flakes for decorating
Cake Mix ingredients in the packet*
Sesame flour, corn flour, sweeteners Sukrin Granulated (all-natural sweetener erythritol, made from corn starch) and sucralose, fibre (chicory, psyllium, Fibrefine natural resistant starch made from corn), pea protein, potato starch, raising agent (sodium bicarbonate, disodium phosphate), salt, emulsifier (mono and diglycerides), aroma, acidity regulator (citric acid).
We used an 8×5 inch loaf tin.
Preheat oven to 180ºc (Gas Mark 4).
Mix 3 large eggs ( or your choice of egg replacer), water, coconut milk, rice oil, vanilla extract and mashed banana together in a medium sized bowl.
Add the coconut into to the cake mix and pour into the wet mix. Whisk until the batter is smooth.
Pour into a greased and lined 8 inch (20 cm) tin and bake.
Remove when golden and a folk comes out clean, and decorate with coconut shavings (ours stayed on without the need for icing).
We buttered ours, enjoying this rich but healthy low carb treat, washing it down with a fine cup of Clipper Teas Green tea, also in the box!
It’s low carb because (here comes the science bit)-Sukrin cake has a total carb content of 19.8 grams per 100g of cooked product. However 9.7g of these carbs are polyols, and 8.2g are dietary fibre, which can be deducted from the total carbs to give net carbs of 1.9g per 100g, or only .5g per 30 gram slice!
Overall, the Degustabox is a fantastic, convenient subscription and one I’d wholeheartedly recommend. The sweetest thing is not knowing what will turn up next. In an era of controlling what we buy and receive, this feels like the perfect gift for food-lovers everywhere!