The most important thing to remember about desserts, whether you are on any special diet or not, is that they tend to be high in caloriesand often low in nutritional value. Therefore, if you need to be careful about the amount you eat, it would be best to avoid desserts as far as possible. This also applies (unfortunately) to cakes, biscuits and sweets.

Good alternatives are, of course, fresh fruit and yoghurt. Any kind of fruit is suitable and the best type of yoghurt is the plain, low-fat variety. If you prefer sweetened or flavoured yoghurt, try mixing in some chopped, fresh fruit, dried fruit or nuts, or adding one or two tablespoons of natural fruit juice. Sugar should not be necessary.

As with all other recipes, make sure that you use a suitable margarine or oil in your sweet recipes and also try to use wholemeal plain or self-raising flour.

Fruit Dessert

fruit dessert



  • 4 rounded tbsp ground rice
  • 3/4 – 1pint natural fruit juice
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • Soft fruit of your choice e.g. mango


  1. Mix the ground rice with a little of the fruit juice
  2. Add to all other ingredients (except fruit) and bring to the boil, stirring continuously
  3. Simmer for 2 minutes
  4. Add desired fruit and serve cold



Blackcurrant Cheesecake

cheese cake


  • 4oz digestive biscuits
  • 2oz polyunsaturated margarine
  • 8oz cottage cheese
  • 1 small carton natural yoghurt
  • 1-2 level tbsp honey
  • 1 level tsp gelatine
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1lb stewed blackcurrants

Any other fruit can be used instead of blackcurrants


  1. Crush the biscuits by placing them in a plastic bag and crush with rolling pin
  2. Melt the margarine and mix in the crushed biscuits
  3. Press into a greased 7-inch flan tin and leave in the fridge to set
  4. Beat cheese, yoghurt and honey until very smooth (or use a liquidiser)
  5. Put the water in a cup, sprinkle the gelatine over and place the cup in a pan of hot (not boiling) water
  6. Stir until the gelatine is dissolved, then add to the cheese mixture
  7. Pour this onto the base, leave to set then spoon the fruit over


Strawberry Crush

strawberry crush


  • 1/2 pint natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Kirsch
  • 2oz clear honey
  • 8oz strawberries


  1. Blend yoghurt, honey and Kirsch
  2. Crush strawberries, saving 4
  3. Fold into yoghurt
  4. Pour into 4 chilled dishes
  5. Top each dish with a strawberry

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