Degustabox

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-

 

Degustabox contents

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. 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.

Low Carb Gluten-Free Banana and Coconut Bread Recipe

 

banana and coconut cake

Ingredients:

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 x 5 inch loaf tin.

banana bread

Method:

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).

banana and coconut bread

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!

banana bread

buttered banana bread

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!

 

 

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242 Responses

  1. Pamela

    Because I love surprises … and healthy ones must surely be the best!

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  2. olivia kirby

    We love cooking and are keen to try new products on the market

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  3. Deborah Bird

    because I love the concept of these boxes, it would be very exciting to receive one x

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  4. vanessa gannon

    i love suprises and trying new things and especially if it’s free xx

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  5. jessica newman

    i love cooking and experimenting with new food so i would love to win

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  6. Karen R

    I love trying new foods and am on the lookout for new family recipes 🙂

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  7. Emma Wolski

    New things always spice up my world from food, days out, people …! Love learning and taking every opportunity to try and do all possible in my time

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  8. jo liddement

    I tend to buy the same old products foodwise so would like to try out a few new ideas for the variety.

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  9. Cheryl Irvine

    My partner is Gluten intolerant and I am constantly looking for new recipes and products to try, it’s hard to create satisfying comfort food that suits his needs as well as my family’s needs. I would love to give the products in this box a go.

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  10. Denise Walket

    I really need some new ideas for tea and dinner time – all my family are sick of the same old meals 🙁

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  11. Laura Walker

    I am intrigued by the concept of degustabox and would love to try it

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  12. Michelle Addy

    One of my new years resolution was to be more adventurous. One of these boxes would give me a start.x

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  13. Rebecca Nisbet

    iv seen a few of these now and would love to hae one to see what they are all about, the items in it look really good 🙂

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  14. Eleanor Wigmore

    We are saving to buy our first home so any extra treats always will go down well!

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  15. Mark Chamberlin

    I’d like to win as I haven’t tried these boxes yet and want to see if it’s worth signing up to them!

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  16. Lauren Old

    I have just started eating gluten free so glad to see a recipe I could attempt! Would love to win the degustabox to try something new

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  17. Diane Carey

    I love trying new products. Some products may be better than the ones I am using now, and may persuade me to change

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  18. Laura

    I love to try new things and have been looking at getting one of these boxes for a while now.

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  19. Sandra Henderson

    Always on the look out for healthy new ideas and a box like this sounds fab.

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  20. Maria Mesias

    I like the idea of a healthy box. working full time, running a house with two kids under age 6 with a partner working opposite times means i make unhealthy choices – this looks like a good way to make good choices!

    Reply

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