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Eton Less - The easiest low fat alternative to Eton Mess

I simply adore Eton Mess - the classic and very English combo of strawberries, meringue and double cream, but at a whopping 500 calories and 45g fat per serving it's not as pleasant for your waist as it is for your mouth! However, no need to panic ladies, as I have come up with an easy budget recipe which is also a great low fat version of Eton Mess which I like to call Eton Less! It's a mere 160 calories and 5g fat per serving without compromising too much on the taste. So now you can enjoy Eton Mess guilt free!

Eton Less is not a dish which can be left or made in advance as the meringues will go soggy. If you wish, you can dice the strawberries, crumble the meringues and blend the yogurt and soft cheese a few hours in advance. Pop them in separate tubs in the fridge and then you can assemble just before you serve. Try flavoured Greek yogurt, vanilla or coconut for example, gives it a nice twist.

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Low Fat Eton Mess: Serves 4 Adults:

Time: 5 - 10 minutes, start to finish
Cost: 90p per serving
Calories: 160 per serving

  • 400g fresh strawberries
  • 120g low fat soft cheese
  • 240g low fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 x meringue nests (ready made)
  1. Wash the strawberries well, hull and dice. Save a few 'pretty' strawberries to decorate the top if you like, just slice them in half. Pop the strawberries to one side.
  2. Carefully blend together the soft cheese and yogurt.
  3. Crumble the meringues, with your (clean!) hands, into the soft cheese and yogurt mixture. It's best to have a mixture of chunky bits as well as some 'dust' but don't make lots of small pieces.
  4. Immediately stir through the diced strawberries, spoon into 4 wine glasses and top with the halved strawberries. Serve immediately.

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Reader Comments (8)

This dessert is just absolutely gorgeous! And no guilty feelings as its less fat and less calories. Thank you Filipa

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlddutch

So pleased you like it! I agree - it tastes better when it has less calories! Filipa x

February 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterGourmet Mum

Having a sweet tooth is torture when you need to lose weight, however this is the answer to my prayers so thankyou ;-)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

Glad to be of service :) Filipa x

May 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterGourmet Mum

Hi , we made this tonight , followed the instructions down to a tee , but it turned out horrible :/ me and my friend couldn't eat it atall :/ we don't no what happened :/

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiam

This recipe is perfect in every way! Thank you thank you

July 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt J

Hi Matt - thank you! So pleased you like it! Filipa x

July 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterGourmet Mum

Just incase you're wondering, I did contact Liam by email (as he left his email) to try to figure out what went wrong with his Eton Less. I take it very seriously when recipes go wrong for people! x

July 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterGourmet Mum

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