Hi, I’m Amanda, and welcome to my Naturally Sweet Kitchen! Pull up a chair, grab a cookie, and let’s get to know each other a little better.
First of all, you need to know something: this is not a healthy baking blog. Yes, the ingredients we use here are natural and good for you in moderation, but these treats are not by any means waistline-friendly. I will never make claims that you can lose weight or lower your cholesterol by eating my desserts. They’re dessert, full stop.
That being said, I believe that a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle includes a little indulgence. I don’t do fad diets. I don’t count calories or ketos or macros or whatever the hell else people are counting these days. Somewhat because I hate math, but mostly because I try to eat consciously. I believe that listening to what my body needs and respecting that it knows best is probably a better use of my (limited) time than sweating over whether my lunch was Points Plus compliant. I’m very new to intuitive eating, but it’s been one of the best changes I’ve made for my physical and mental health.
Naturally Sweet Kitchen follows an 80/20 rule. Here, we do whole foods. You won’t find any processed ingredients, artificial colours or gels, refined sugar, bleached flours, or unpronounceable preservatives. When I began the journey into developing baking recipes, I did a lot of research on the ingredients I was using and how they were made. I discovered a lot of things I didn’t agree with in the production of commercial bakery ingredients; I knew we could do better.
So what will you find here?
Delicious, naturally made versions of your favourite desserts and bakery treats (and maybe a little flavour experimentation!) We’ll use good old butter, olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, raw cane sugar, unbleached and gluten-free flours, dark chocolate, free-range eggs, and lots of other good-for-you ingredients. This is indulgence without the nasties. Happiness without the guilt.
My hope is that you’ll come visit for recipes you can trust and that you feel good about eating. I hope you discover what living a balanced, fulfilled life means to you (because it’s different for everyone), and I hope you do the things and eat the food that makes you happy. If all goes well, you’ll also walk away a little more knowledgeable about how our ingredients are made and learn about some new, natural alternatives and how to substitute them in your own baking.
But most importantly?
I hope we satisfy your sweet tooth. Naturally.
I’m a late 20-something Canadian currently living in London, England. By day, I work in digital marketing for an environmentally-focused e-commerce start-up encouraging people to buy things that last and rallying companies to make products that last longer. By night, I live, eat, and breathe Naturally Sweet Kitchen. What can I say? I like to keep busy!
I’m a self-taught baker who enjoys experimenting with different ingredients and creating exciting flavour combinations. When I’m not whisking up a storm in the kitchen, I love to explore the world and hope to share the adventures with you. Oh, and I’m also a crazy book nerd who consumes almost as many historical fiction, fantasy, and food writing books as I do cookies.