Recipes

Some of the hardest things to give up when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are desserts and sweet treats. Refined sugar can upset your digestive system and some ingredients in sweet dishes – such as nuts and dairy products – may also disagree with you.

So, when it is 3pm and you’ve hit that slump (you know the one), don’t be tempted to dive into the cookie jar. Try these IBD-friendly sweet delights instead - just click the links and get cooking.

Fried honey bananas

This recipe is super simple and quick. You can whip these up for an energy hit in the afternoon, or start your day off on the right foot. And if you’ve had good experiences with wholegrain pancakes, these are the perfect accompaniment. If you’ve got a stove or sandwich press at work, you can even rustle these up in the office. Just be prepared for the hordes of colleagues that will descend upon the lunchroom, as fried honey bananas smell like some sort of heavenly bakery-waffle-bar.

Lemon curd flan

File this one under ‘Crohn’s recipes you can sneak onto anyone’s plate’. Almond meal, honey and coconut oil form the basis of this dessert which could easily please any family member or dinner party invitee, they won’t even realise they are eating a ‘special’ version of this family favourite. It can also be topped off with stewed or baked fruit. Preparing fruit this way can break down the fibre in the fruit and make it more manageable for digestive systems prone to inflammation.

Apple cake with hot coconut brown sugar

Cake doesn’t need to be taken off the menu because of your IBD. This tasty low-dairy, low-fibre cake is well-suited to sensitive stomachs – especially with a soothing cup of peppermint or chamomile tea. Soy sour cream gives it a soft, moist texture, whilst cinnamon adds the desired sweetness.

Whilst the above recipes will be perfectly suited to many IBD sufferers, not everyone’s digestive system will welcome the same combination of ingredients. Regular conversations with your healthcare team, along with a detailed food diary, are your best bet for identifying the foods that work for you, as well as those that don’t.

When you understand the individual ingredients that make your body sing, or cringe, that’s when you know you’re on track to achieving a diverse, satisfying diet.