Phil Vickery appreciates the need to eat healthier, but as a chef he always wants to create dishes that look and taste amazing, and in particular desserts that feel indulgent and a little bit naughty. Luckily he’s come up with the perfect solution and here they are!
“In the recipes, I’ve looked at ways to reduce sugar and/or saturated fats, but not at the cost of taste. You’ll still find butter or margarine in some of them, because I felt replacing it produced an inferior product, and what’s the point of making a super-healthy dessert if you then don’t eat it because you don’t like the taste!
“In others, cream has been replaced with fromage frais, full fat milk has become skimmed and even butter swapped for ricotta. I’ve also used a natural sugar alternative called xylitol to replace sugar as it has lower calories than sugar and doesn’t have such a dramatic effect on blood sugar levels.”
Poppy Seed Lime Drizzle Cake
This simply delicious cake takes two family favourites, moulds them together and removes the added sugar to create a healthier version that’s sure to be a hit.
Preparation time: 20 minute | Cooking time: 35 minutes plus cooling time
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Raspberry Finger Diggles
These were a favourite of mine growing up, so I thought I’d have a go at creating a no added sugar version. I’ve come up with a recipe that I think matches the original for taste and hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes
Rich Chocolate Orange Tart (with Raspberry Sauce)
This incredible tart looks like one of the most indulgent desserts going. But with double cream being replaced by fromage frais and sugar with the natural alternative xylitol, along with some other healthy twists, appearances and taste can be deceiving!
Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes
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