Nutritionist Lucy Hyland

Category Archives: Desserts

Chocolate peanut squares

May 21, 2023
Posted by Lucy

  The first thing I do when I look at a dessert recipe is think: how can I take as much sugar out of this and still keep the flavour. I also always try to make a wheat or gluten free version of it. I loved these chocolate peanut squares when my sister gave me […]

No Added Sugar Recipes from Today Show

May 19, 2023
Posted by Lucy

I’ve have loads of requests for my ‘no added sugar’ recipes from the Today show! Here they are below - try them out and enjoy. Just remember that many fruits, root vegetables and many nuts and grains are naturally sweet and can be easily used as a sugar substitute. You can also use flavours such […]

Spiced Turnip Cake

November 15, 2023
Posted by Lucy

The story behind the…. Spiced Turnip Cake The idea of sneaking ingredients that you or your family might not like into foods is not new. Nor is the idea of packing some of our favourite foods with nutrient high ingredients to get more bang for our buck. I am always experimenting with ways of getting […]

Blackberry Tart

September 15, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Raw Blackberry Tart I’ve been walking a lot over the last few weeks and have realised that there is a constant form of snack food along the way – the blackberries in the bushes! This is the perfect time of year to get out there and start foraging for your food. With a range of […]

Raspberry Crumble

August 4, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Questioning cereals with a Raspberry Crumble The response that I’m getting to my “Cheat and still stay healthy” campaign this summer is great. I am becoming more and more aware of the importance of reading the packets of the foods that we eat. It is only through reading the ingredient list and the nutritional information […]

Chocolate Strawberries

April 22, 2024
Posted by Lucy

  I went shopping for chocolate last week and was amazed at the wide variety of chocolate available on the market. Rather than shop in the supermarkets, I thought I’d support local producers. So off I went, firstly to Eve’s Chocolates in Dennehy’s Cross, and then into O’Connaills chocolate shop in town. In both these places, […]

Coconut rice pudding

September 23, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Last week I did a lovely stewed apple which I sweetened with cinnamon. Cinnamon is a great natural sweetener which I often use instead of sugar. However, the health benefits of cinnamon are becoming more and more well known and it’s certainly a great spice to use for healthy eating. So where do the benefits […]

Raspberry and Coconut muffins

September 22, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Wednesday 22nd September Check out my article today on For a sample of what to expect, see below: I’m not sure I should be covering raspberries as we only have a week or two left of them but I can’t help it. We’ve such lovely berries at the moment that much of what I’ll talk […]

Stewed apple

September 16, 2023
Posted by Lucy

    Homemade stewed apple Most people tend to use sugar when they stew apple. What I tend to do is simply use eating apples as they are naturally sweet. 4 medium eating apples ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of dried ginger A dash of ground nutmeg Chop the apples into similar shaped cubes and […]

Pumpkin, banana and chocolate muffins

August 20, 2023
Posted by Lucy

  I think I’m getting a little obsessed with muffins at the moment and must start trying other desserts. However, they are great as you can just throw anything in there to create as much goodness as you like. Here I’ve thrown in some ground Linseed (Irish Health Oils have now started doing ground Linseed […]

Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies

August 5, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Thursday 5th August Check out my article in the Cork Independent today with my tasty homemade brownies and find out why its better to cook things yourself. Chocolate Brownies 300g beetroot 50g cashews 2 small eggs Pinch of salt 80g dark chocolate (70%) 1 tbsp rice flour (or any flour) 35g cocoa powder 1 teaspoon […]

Pear and Chocolate Muffins

July 15, 2023
Posted by Lucy

  1 cup of wholemeal flour 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds ¼ heaped teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon ground linseed and/or wheat germ (optional) 3 ripe pears ½ inch root ginger (optional) 2 large squares 70% dark chocolate (roughly chopped) 1 egg 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup Preheat oven to 180 […]

Coconut Muffins

May 28, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Friday 28th May Its the weekend and you might have a bit of spare time for some baking this weekend. I make these muffins when I know I’m going to be out and about a lot. If you have a meeting first thing or have meetings straight after one another, having a healthy snack such […]

Banana and Blueberry Muffins

Wednesday 23rd April I was out at a training course all day and knew I’d get hungry. At 11 o clock the usual plate of biscuits and scones came out with the tea. Rather than fall into the trap of nibbling on them for the sake of it, I brought along these muffins as part […]

Apple Crumble

October 26, 2023
Posted by Lucy

Healthy Eating desserts: Apple Crumble This topping might be a leap of faith for some of you who are used to flour, butter and sugar. But we eat so much of this on a day to day basis, this is my attempt at something delicious but good in terms of healthy eating! Only add the […]