Make Your Own Caster Sugar

Another discovery I made when reading my Grandma’s old recipe book is that you can make your own caster sugar!


I decided it was about time I gave this a whirl, since to buy 1kg of granulated sugar costs around 60p and the same size bag of caster sugar costs around a whopping £1.50! More than twice the price and for what, a slightly finer grind.

So I got out my liquidiser attachment and thought, here goes nothing. Et voila, I had caster sugar within moments and I shall simply re-use my old caster sugar bag and re-fill it.

I’d really encourage you to give this a whirl, or to try and get hold of a liquidiser/ blender (try eBay or Freecycle) because it could pay for itself in no time.

I think icing sugar might even be possible, so that’s my next experiment. You would just need to whizz it up for a little bit longer to get the finer dust.

Do you already grind your sugar? Is this something you’d be prepared to try? Let me know your thoughts and tips!


Homemade ‘Naked’ Bars- Cocoa Flavour


Do you eat those lovely little Nakd bars? Nakd Cocoa Orange Fruit and Nut Bar, 4 x 35g Bars

? I love them, but they’re so expensive- around 75p each where I shop. I decided it was time to try and make my own, since there’s only a handful of ingredients listed on the back of the packet.

I bought a liquidiser attachment for my Kenwood mixer in order to make these (and other dishes). I think you’ll find it quite effortful to make them without a liquidiser or food processor.


  • 100g/ 4oz pitted dates
  • 60g/ 2oz cashews
  • 40g/ 1 1/2oz raisins
  • 7-15g/ 1/4- 1/2 oz cocoa (depends how strong you like it)


  1. Blitz all the ingredients in the liquidiser or food processor, you might need to give them a shake down until they are fairly fine
  2. They wil naturally start to come together but you can press them or knead them by hand
  3. Press into a small tin lined with foil or clingfilm, or you could shape into balls or anything you like really! If you press them flat, like this:


Then make sure to mark them into bars before you refrigerate, so they’ll be easier to break up.

And there you have it- your very own Naked bars in around 5 minutes! No cooking required and best of all- zero waste! How easy was that? I’m never buying these again.