Recipe: Trifle

Sometimes you just want a pudding. And when you’re on a diet or a healthy eating plan, sometimes you can feel a little left out when, after the main course, everyone else at the table is tucking into some sweet treat that you know you should resist. You either cave and blow the bank, or you resist and feel horribly envious of the others at the table while trying to feel virtuous.

Well, no more! Here is an alternative that should please pretty much anyone – you can serve this to all at the table and tuck in too, knowing that there are only a very small handful of syns involved. Who would have thought you could get that from a trifle? Traditionally, this would be a high-calorie pudding, laden with sponge fingers, custard and cream, but it’s easy to make this low-syn version that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces!

F = Free food (eat as much as you like)
S = Speed food (these should make up at least a third of your meal)
# = a number denotes roughly how many syns are in foods used

Serves four at 1 syn each)


  • 1 package of sugar free jelly (2)
  • Whatever fruit you fancy (S/F)
  • 1 pot Muller Light Banana and Custard Flavour Yoghurt (F)
  • Anchor Light Aerosol Cream (1 per 1/2 tbsp / 6g)


  • Make up the sugar free jelly as directed on the packet
  • Divide the fruit between four glasses or bowls
  • Pour a quarter of the jelly into each of the bowls, so that it covers the fruit
  • Put them in the fridge to set
  • When the jelly is set, spoon some of the yoghurt on top
  • Add a swirl of the light aerosol cream and serve immediately

By omitting the sponge fingers and using a yoghurt instead of custard, the syns value is cut dramatically, and without cost to the flavour. You could even add a layer of sliced banana (F) on top of the jelly before you add the yoghurt if you fancy.

I used a strawberry jelly, and added raspberries (S), blackberries (S), blackcurrants (S) and red currants (S) to it, then topped it with a strawberry (S). It was absolutely gorgeous. I would feel happy serving this to family and friends at a dinner party – it looks pretty,  tastes good, and nobody will ever know how virtuous you’re being!


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