One of the biggest challenges for us has been placating our sweet teeth (is that really the plural of ‘a sweet tooth’? It sounds very odd…) while avoiding anything wrapped in single-use plastic. Warning: there’s not much out there!
Luckily, we both enjoy cooking, so we’ve been satisfying those sugar urges as follows:
Trays of flapjacks and shortbread are easy to make. Of course, it’s a lot more effort than picking up a packet of digestives from Tesco, but the results are far more pleasurable. And we seem to appreciate our treats more now that they’re both less frequent and less convenient. We buy the dry ingredients from the nearby zero waste shop, The Eco Larder, and the golden syrup comes in that gorgeous iconic tin. Only the butter is from the supermarket, wrapped in whatever that foil-like wrapper is (plastic, presumably). It’s not ideal, but we do reuse it – to wrap a pair of flapjacks, for example, before freezing them to ensure they’ll last…
Banana bread or apple muffins are our go-to here, with brownies getting an occasional look in. The fruit cakes make us feel especially smug, as they help contribute to our ‘zero food waste’ efforts too, using up those brown bananas and slightly shrivelled apples, which we buy loose from our local greengrocer, Dig In. Ooh, get us!
This has been the hardest of the sweet-treats to find. There are some plastic-free bars out there (e.g. Tony’s Chocolonely) but they’re quite expensive, and not widely available. Luckily, The Eco Larder has recently started started selling dark chocolate buttons, so we bought a few to see what they were like. The verdict: delicious. Still, they’re not cheap, so we wondered how we could make them go further. And honeycomb proved to be the answer. Lovely, sticky, sweet honeycomb, yielding possibly the best marvellousness:effort ratio of anything I’ve ever made, dipped in melted chocolate buttons. Yum! The only problem with our homemade Crunchies is leaving some in the tin…
Here are the recipes we use. Let us know if you have other suggestions!
Banana bread: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bananabread_85720
Apple muffins: http://www.hairybikers.com/recipes/view/spiced-apple-muffins