Very Berry Eton Mess

My absolute favourite dessert, launched to celebrate our 2 year anniversary of our Facebook support group, Gestational Diabetes UK Mums *Please note; you need to make the sugar free meringues in advance, which take 1 hour and 15 minutes to make
very berry eton mess

This Very Berry Eton Mess recipe is a special recipe as Eton Mess is one of my favourite desserts. I launched this dessert as a celebration of 2 successful years of Gestational Diabetes UK Mums.

It all started with a Facebook group when I was pregnant with my second baby and going through my second gestational diabetes pregnancy. I set the group up on 5th July 2014. Here’s the story of how it all started and how far it’s come.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe, it’s a very basic recipe but the sugar free meringues really make this recipe a winner!

I’ve gone for more berries rather than just strawberries, but it’s up to you… strawberries are low GI and have a low GL (glycaemic load) too, I love British summer berries and so it seems a shame to not include other berries. Plus knowing that berries, particularly blueberries have had some great clinical research results with diabetes, I thought I’d include them in this dessert.

very berry eton mess

 

very berry eton mess

Very Berry Eton Mess

My absolute favourite dessert, launched to celebrate our 2 year anniversary of our Facebook support group, Gestational Diabetes UK Mums *Please note; you need to make the sugar free meringues in advance, which take 1 hour and 15 minutes to make
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: eton mess, meringue, pudding, sugar free meringue
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Contains Nuts
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Jo Paterson

Ingredients

  • 4 whole strawberries
  • 2 whole blackberries
  • 4 whole raspberries
  • 6 whole blueberries
  • 4 tbsp double cream whipped, plus more for pouring if you wish
  • 2 tbsp clotted cream
  • 6 whole pecans *optional (but they help with pairing the fruit) or nuts of your choice
  • 3 mini sugar free meringues

Instructions

  • Remove your fruit from the fridge so that it is left to warm up to room temperature. This makes the fruit taste naturally sweeter
  • Whip the double cream so that it stiffens to your liking
  • Chop the strawberries into quarters
  • Mash with a fork, or blitz 2 strawberries and 2 raspberries in a dish so that you create a small amount of purée. If your fruit is sharp then you can add sweetener to taste. Remember that you will be adding sugar free meringues which are very sweet. *Do not press the purée through a sieve to remove any seeds as these seeds help with adding fibre and slow down the digestion process which aids blood sugar levels
  • You can add the fruit to whipped double cream, or layer up the dessert to your liking with the fruit, cream, purée and nuts
  • Add the mini meringues on top to avoid them getting soggy underneath the wet ingredients, you can leave these whole or crush them into pieces
  • Eat as many mini meringues, cream and nuts as you like! The fruit in this dish is the simple carbohydrate which raises blood sugar levels. The cream and nuts help to add protein and fat which slows down the absorption of sugar from the fructose (fruit sugar)

Notes

Depending on your tolerance to fruit you could add more berries to suit. If you tolerate this dish well, then you could try adding a scoop of ice cream too! This dish works well with berries, cherries or kiwi and would work with frozen berries too. The nuts are optional, pecans work extremely well with this dish but any nuts are suitable (other than cashews which are higher in carbs). The nuts along with the cream help to 'pair' the fruit. Remember that adding chocolate, ice cream, or no added sugar angel delight would be adding additional carbs making this much harder to tolerate.
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