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Apple and Raisin Crumble
  • Time: 30 minutes

Apple and Raisin Crumble

This is a real British comfort food favorite! The original version would be heavy on sugar and rich on butter but I have made this variation bariatric-friendly. The secret, I believe, is in making the fruit the show piece, reducing the former fat and sugar to a minimum, and making the crumble something of a dusting rather than dense cover. As for the crowning glory … well, you couldn’t do much better than serving with a low-fat and low-sugar custard (see my recipe on www.bariatriccookery.com) but I also like to serve with a dollop of fat-free thick Greek yogurt.
Balsamic strawberries with mascarpone topping
  • Time: 30 minutes

Balsamic strawberries with mascarpone topping

This is just a modern twist on the classic strawberries and cream. Adding a little balsamic vinegar to the equation and mascarpone rather than cream lifts this simple dish into the luxury class.
BBQ Summer Fruit Compote
  • Time: 15 to 20 minutes

BBQ Summer Fruit Compote

Most typical French fruit compotes are made in the oven or on the cooker top but barbecuing fruit intensifies the flavour….try it as a new method of getting a great tasting dessert. Serve with thick low-fat yogurt and a dusting of chopped nuts…pistachios go well.
Blueberry compote with a custard topping
  • Time: 10 minutes

Blueberry compote with a custard topping

This fruity layered pudding using low-fat and low-sugar custard is very simple to prepare and can be made well ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Use ready-made custard for speed or make your own custard using skimmed milk, eggs and sweetener.
  • Time: 20 to 25 minutes

Chocolate brownies with pears and nuts

These sugar-free brownies will never be quite like the chocolate laden classic ones but they come pretty close! The pears and nuts add texture and flavour and help to keep the brownie squidgy. Don't over cook or they will become dry rather than moist and fudgy. They can also be served warm with a little orange-flavoured half-fat creme fraiche or yogurt as a specially indulgent treat.
  • Time: 1 hour

Chocolate-protein-fix-ice-cream

I always prefer to get my protein from food but concede that occasionally I have fallen short, especially in the early days post-op. This was when I turned to a good many protein drinks for a boost and why I now find myself with a vast array of flavoured protein drink powders from plain vanilla to exotic Pina Colada gathering dust in a cupboard. I tried many powders but some were just too sweet for my palate and so I decided to try freezing them to make an ice cream (knowing full well the sweetness would diminish). I have made countless versions but this chocolate one is still a firm favourite. Serve with fresh fruit, a squirt of sugar-free low-fat cream and a crisp wafer if liked.
Greek Yogurt with Honey, Fruit and Seeds

Greek Yogurt with Honey, Fruit and Seeds

This is such a typical Greek dish showcasing some of the best ingredients from Greece. Greek yogurt, used here, is sweetened with a drizzle of honey and served with a few fresh berries (although you could use fresh quartered figs). I have served this with a dusting of mixed nuts and seeds but a few toasted almonds will also suffice. I like to flavor the fruits with just the smallest amount of fresh thyme leaves for an authentic flavor. Serve for breakfast, as an indulgent snack or pudding.
  • Time: 10 minutes

Griddled apple kebabs with ginger yogurt dip

These juicy fruit kebabs with a zingy dip make the perfect end to any meal. I have made them with Pink Lady apples because they are perfectly pink and sweet.
Mango Lassi Dessert

Mango Lassi Dessert

This creamy and refreshing scented dessert is based on lassi, a popular chilled yogurt drink in India. Serve very cold as the perfect end to a spicy meal.

Mother's Day mango and passion fruit mousse

This is a lightweight mango mousse that is more than bariatric friendly. The hint of lime brings out the tropical mango flavour and the 0% fat Greek yogurt adds creaminess without boosting the calorie count. For a smooth puree, make sure the mangoes are ripe, they should be soft with a sweet scent. My mother thought these mousses were wickedly indulgent but at just 60 calories a portion, they are very deceiving!
Patriotic cheesecake
  • Time: 4 hours

Patriotic cheesecake

Here is a delicious chilled cheesecake that is flavoured with ginger and orange, but could be equally made for variety with different sugar-free jello and different flavoured yogurt (e.g. berry delicious using a raspberry jello and strawberry yogurt). One of our favourites is a banana and toffee version using orange jello, toffee yogurt and a sliced banana topping. For this celebratory Independence Day, why not top the cheesecake with fresh berries to look like the US flag?
Protein ice cream
  • Time: 1 hour

Protein ice cream

This is one of those recipes that just happened and materialised because I just didn’t want to ditch those overly-sweet protein drink powders I had purchased at not inconsiderable expense. What seems too sweet at room temperature miraculously doesn’t when frozen … so a drink became an ice cream! An ice cream maker will make light work of this recipe but isn’t essential. Try it once and be prepared to become hooked! The nutritional guideline given has been calculated using Syntrax Nectar protein drink … my current favourite. The pic shows ice cream made with Fuzzy Navel flavour.
Ratafia stuffed peaches

Ratafia stuffed peaches

Nothing sings out summer more than white-fleshed peaches that grow abundantly in Italy. This easy and deliciously quick to make recipe makes the most of them with a filling of creamy quark mixed with crushed ratafia biscuits. You could substitute low-fat ricotta if preferred. When not in season replace with canned peaches in natural juice.
  • Time: 30 minutes

Royal Wedding cupcakes

It is said that the Royal couple will have two wedding cakes. One being a traditional iced fruit cake and the second a chocolate biscuit cake that Prince William has adored every since he was introduced to it by Her Majesty the Queen. I’ve tried to make the latter, a rich tea biscuit, meringue, candied fruit and melted chocolate concoction, bariatric-friendly, but I’m afraid, even with sugar-free chocolate, it still comes out way too high in fat and sugar. So here is another of William’s favorites, cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting instead. This one scores on all levels…so something to wave the flags at!
Summer fruits ice
  • Time: 35 minutes

Summer fruits ice

This iced dessert is very simple to make yet has a wonderful depth of flavor that hints at something more complicated. I have used a mix of summer berry fruits but you could just as easily use frozen mango cubes with frozen strawberries.
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