One of our favourite summer desserts is Eton Mess and this is our healthy twist on it. Made with yogurt instead of whipped cream, this Healthy Eton Mess still has all that deliciously fresh berry flavour and plenty of creaminess, just much lower in calories.
A classic British dessert that is usually loaded with calories and high in fat. We have given it a healthy twist by making Eton mess with yogurt instead of whipped cream.
Still super creamy, and it tastes far more indulgent than it actually is. Ready in under 5 minutes and only 162 calories for a big portion.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Yogurt - This is where all the creaminess comes from. We used a really good quality Greek yogurt. We used fat free, to make this really light, but you could use full fat if you wanted a creamier version. This would change the nutritional information though.
- Strawberries - It's best to make this low calorie Eton mess when strawberries are in season as they will be really ripe and full of flavour. Choose organic and locally grown where possible.
- Meringue - We have used store bought because it makes this Eton mess recipe nice and quick. We have used just one mini meringue per portion to keep it light. However, if you wanted to make your own then we recommend following this Mini Meringue recipe.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make healthy Eton mess - Step by step
One: Hull and chop the strawberries. Put half of them into a bowl and crush with a fork.
Two: Divide half the crushed strawberries between serving glasses (a). Divide half the yogurt between the glasses (b).
Three: Roughly crush the meringues and add half to the glasses (a). Finish with layers of the crushed strawberries, the remaining yogurt, remaining meringue and chopped strawberries (b).
To keep it traditional, we have just used strawberries. But you can use a mix of berries for a lovely mix of colour, flavour and texture. We like adding raspberries and blackberries. It doesn't even have to be berries, you can use whatever is in season.
There is just the natural sweetness from the strawberries in our Eton mess recipe, and if you are using ripe summer strawberries then this is plenty. However, if you want it sweeter but still keeping it light then you could drizzle on a little honey or maple syrup.
Chocolate and strawberries go SO well together. You can add some chocolate to this healthy Eton mess with a drizzle of our homemade Chocolate Sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any leftover Eton mess, you can store it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Yes, as long as you make sure there is no cross contamination, then this can be gluten free.
You would need to swap the yogurt for a plant based version and then follow this recipe for Vegan Meringue.
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Healthy Eton Mess
- 2 Meringue nests - (13g/0.5oz each)
- 200 g (1 cups) Greek yogurt
- 200 g (1.5 cups) Strawberries
- Hull and chop 200 g Strawberries. Put half of them into a bowl and crush with a fork.
- Divide half the crushed strawberries between serving glasses. Divide half 200 g Greek yogurt between the glasses.
- Roughly crush 2 Meringue nests and add half to the glasses.
- Finish with layers of the crushed strawberries, the remaining yogurt, remaining meringue and chopped strawberries.
- For some extra crunch and some added healthy fats, you can top off this healthy Eton mess with some chopped nuts.
- You can use frozen berries instead of fresh, which means this can be made all year round and not just when berries are in season. Make sure you defrost them first.
- If you wanted to make this a little more indulgent, you could add a couple of teaspoons of good quality jam dotted in the layers.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.