Go crazy for baking without the guilt with top kits for healthier treats

WE went crazy for baking in lockdown . . . and not surprisingly, gained a load of weight at the same time.

Here, we look at some healthier baking kits that do not contain gluten, refined sugars or dairy. Our Beauty Editor, meanwhile, puts three hair masks to the test.

Health

with Jane Atkinson

Sweet treats

  • Sweetpea Pantry, £10.50 for five kits from yumbles.com – buy now

Sweetpea Pantry’s five-pack is perfect to sample the range – buckwheat pancakes, cacao brownies, energy balls, carrot cake muffins and quinoa flapjacks.

I liked the high fibre and wholegrain ingredients and the options to add extra sweetener.

Add milk and eggs, or vegan alternatives.

The energy balls are quick, simple, delicious and keep for ages.

Bread

  • Davina Steel baking kit, from £2.49 per pack for one loaf/pizza at davinasteel.com – buy now

Make bread, pizza or focaccia with Davina Steel’s easy-to-use baking kit.

Just add water, oil, yeast and bake.

The fresh garlic and onion focaccia was fluffy and without the cardboard taste of most shop-bought gluten free bread.

The light and doughy pizza bases can be any thickness.

Cake

  • Creative Nature cacao rich chocolate cake, £2.99 per pack to make 16 portion cake from tesco.com – buy now

Superfood brand Creative Nature has baking mixes – from muffins to banana bread.

The cacao rich chocolate cake was easy, relatively mess-free and wasn’t dense.

Most importantly, it had a delicious strong chocolate flavour.

Beauty

with Gabriella Stein

Detangle

  • Bear Fruits strawberry detangle shine hair mask and hair cap, £3.99 for 20ml from superdrug.com – buy now

An adorable-smelling strawberry hair mask and a reusable cap.

There was enough product for long hair and it helped detangle.

It’s cute, it’s fun and it’s one for kids with tangled hair – or a boozy hen do.

Colour protect

  • Josh Wood Colour Everything mask, £19 per 140ml from joshwoodcolour.com – buy now

The British colourist designed this for freshly tinted hair to lock in pigment for longer – then help your colour really last.

Makes use of quinoa extract, green walnut and UV filters for protection.

My hair felt silky smooth and shiny afterwards.

If you colour your hair and like to be out in the sun, this is a great product.

Regenerate

  • Noah regenerating hair mask argan oil, £18.99 per 500ml from hollandandbarrett.com – buy now

Promises brightness, vitality and nourishment and is ideal for split ends.

The argan oil prevents dryness and creates a protective film – plus it gives it a gorgeous smell.

I liked the tub and being able to scoop it out and slather on your hair.

My hair felt soft afterwards and shinier. For the price, my favourite.

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