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Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea can sometimes be tricky, but you don't have to 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.

Afternoon tea, or high tea, has had a revival in recent years, however, the variety of delicious treats available on an afternoon tea stand can cause issues for people living with diabetes.

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


carrotcake200x186.jpg 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

This bread contains a large amount of grated courgettes, tastes sweet, spicy and has the texture of banana bread.

Serves: 10

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 30-35 minutes



Cheese, onion and spinach scones

Delicious served with afternoon tea or great for a 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 to a 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



icedcoffee200x186.jpg 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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