Davina McCall 5 weeks to sugar free – Review

A couple of months ago I picked up Davina McCalls 5 weeks to sugar free recipe book. I have a son that is Type 1 Diabetic so I am always looking for inspiration when it comes to providing him a low sugar diet that is still exciting.  

 Now I have had the chance to try out several of the recipes I thought I would share my thoughts with you. 

The variety of recipes is great with some exciting mains and some great treats. It even contains a recipe for sugar free ketchup. 

I will point out that these recipes are free from artificial sugar rather than being completely sugar free. It uses ingredients such as honey and real maple syrup in it’s place. To make these recipes more diabetic suitable I substituted such ingredients with Agave syrup. It has a much lower GI number so is better for maintaining stable blood sugar levels, and doesn’t compromise on consistancy or flavour. 

The recipies are easy to work with, you don’t need any special skills. What I like also is she doesn’t use fad ingredients, just good wholesome food. 

Below are some of my attempts at reproducing some of the recipes.


Chocolate Mousse
Pork & Sweet Potato Chilli
This came out with a bit too much liquid I suggest halving the amount suggested in the book. 


Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potato toppjng
Peach Crumble
Roast Chicken, Chorizo and Chickpea Tray bake
Coconut Flapjacks

If you are looking for some healthy recipes and trying to reduced the amount of refined sugar in your diet I highly recommend this book. Don’t be afraid to substitute the recipes with Agave syrup if you want to make them for a diabetic it works well. 

This is available on Amazon right now for ¬£8.00

Are you trying to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet? Do you have any exciting sugar free recipies I should be trying?  Feel free to leave you links to any on the comment section below.