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Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea, or high tea, has had a revival in recent years, versions of which can now be found on cafe and hotel menus far and wide. From delicate finger sandwiches and mini patisseries, to indulgent cream and jam scones all washed down with a generous pot of tea, it's a lovely way to share food with friends and family.

Healthy high tea


However, the variety of delicious treats available on an afternoon tea stand can cause issues for people living with diabetes.

By no means does that mean you should miss out: we've developed a range of low-sugar, low-fat sweet and savoury alternatives that you can make at home, perfect for hosting your very own afternoon tea.

Cakes and savoury bakes

We've created some healthier alternatives – both sweet and savoury – to the traditional afternoon tea set up. Make finger sandwiches more nutritious by using our yummy courgette bread instead of a regular loaf, swap sugary scones loaded with jam and cream for delicious cheese and spinach ones, and still enjoy a slice of your favourite cake but at a fraction of the sugar and fat content...


Chocolate, almond and berry cake

A great centrepiece for your afternoon tea table.

Serves: 8-–10

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 25 minute + 1 hour cooling


Carrot cake

This healthy version is easy to make. We cut it into 18 pieces but you could easily divide it into 24 small squares for a party.


Serves: 18

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20-35 minutes + 1 hour cooling


Sticky lemon polenta cake

This tangy, sticky lemon cake is gluten free and easy to make.

Serves: 8

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes + 20 minutes cooling


Courgette loaf

Known as zucchini bread in the US, this is a popular favourite and the perfect afternoon tea bread. It contains a large amount of grated courgettes and tastes sweet and spicy, with a texture like banana bread.


Serves: 10

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 30-35 minutes


Cheese, onion and spinach scones

Delicious served with afternoon tea or great for picnic. These savoury scones can be eaten warm or cold.


Serves: 10

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Summertime tea and coffee

You can't beat a cup of tea, but have you ever tried iced alternatives? If you're after something a little different toa pot of standard English Breakfast to enjoy on a summer's day, have a look at our iced tea and coffee recipes, which make ideal refreshments in hot weather.


Iced tea

The ideal drink for afternoon tea on a hot summer’s day.


Serves: 8

Prep: 10 minutes + 45 minutes cooling


Iced coffee

Iced coffee aficionados insist on the coffee being cold brewed: this makes for a less bitter, more aromatic coffee. You can serve it with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened.



Serves: 8

Prep: 10 minutes + 12 hours brew time

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