Last weekends sweet potato craving didn’t just result in a Sweet Potato Egg Bake for lunch, I fancied some cake as well. (Well, thats not strictly true, I really really wanted a big, thick, rich, chocolate brownie, but knowing I stuff my face with way too much sugar, I decided to hunt for something else). Having recently befriended Laura at Happy Sugar Habits, I am now stalking her site for fab new ideas for sugar free recipes. I was not let down. I tried her sugar free sweet potato and walnut cake and after changing a few ingredients based on what I had, was extremely pleased with what I got. Here’s what I did:

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1 medium sweet potato
1 ½ cups of flour (I used white flour)
2 eggs (beaten)
3 tbls coconut oil (I used 2tbls of melted butter & 2 of the creamy bit of coconut milk)
4 tbls milk
¾ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
½ cup pecan pieces
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp cinnamon pinch of salt
Used a 22cm baking pan


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease your cake tin
  2. Melt your coconut oil / butter
  3. Cook your sweet potato. I peeled and chopped mine and then put in the microwave for 7 minutes
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl
  5. Mix in the desiccated coconut and pecans
  6. Whisk the eggs, milk & melted coconut oil or butter together in a smaller bowl
  7. Pour these wet ingredients into the larger bowl containing the dry ingredients. Fold the ingredients through
  8. Mash the sweet potato and combined with the mixture
  9. Place mixture into the prepared tin and push down with your hands
  10. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes then let cool

So a few things to note – Laura used rye flour in her recipe and I used white, I would not have used white flour except that I had it already and am refusing to buy new staples until I move house in a couple of weeks. I also didn’t have coconut oil – a new concept for me – so I used butter but with some coconut milk for flavour. I will get and experiment with coconut oil and report back….

Mixing the wet and dry ingredients required a bit of elbow grease, but was totally worth it.

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The verdict?? YUM!! I had TWO pieces and NO GUILT afterwards. Plus I was really full!! I am saving some pieces aside for a grab and go breakfast.


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