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Decorative Desserts Without Sugar

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 3 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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There are all sorts of wonderful decorative desserts – and many of them can be reproduced as sugar free versions. They do often take time and care in the preparation but, as they tend only to be made for special occasions, they are usually well worth the trouble.

Raspberry Chocolate Roulade

This sugar free dessert will make anyone’s mouth water. The combination of fresh raspberries and chocolate is simply delicious.


  • Three large eggs
  • Three tbs sugar free strawberry jam
  • 150g (5oz) cocoa
  • A few squares of very dark, high cocoa content chocolate (or plain diabetic chocolate)
  • One tsp cornflour
  • 200g (7oz) raspberries
  • 300ml whipping cream


Start by preheating your oven to 190 deg C/375 deg F/gas mark 5. Then grease a standard oblong fudge tin. Separate your eggs. In one bowl, whisk your egg yolks and two tablespoons of your sugar free strawberry jam. Sieve your cocoa powder and cornflour and gently stir in.

Place your egg whites in another bowl and whisk briskly. After a few minutes they should start to stand up in peaks. Then slowly fold the egg white mixture into your chocolaty liquid. Spoon into the greased tin and place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until firm. Remove and allow to cool. In a metal bowl, whip your cream. Wash and hull your raspberries. Then puree one quarter of the fruit and puree it. Stir the puree into the cream to turn it a beautiful pink shade. Then stir in another quarter of your raspberries.

Sprinkle some cocoa on to a clean surface and carefully remove your sponge from its tin. Lay it on the cocoa. Spread your remaining tablespoon of sugar free strawberry jam all over the sponge. Then spoon your raspberry cream on and spread. Carefully roll up the sponge. Place it on its presentation plate. Whip your remaining cream and cover the sponge, making small peaks using your knife. Carefully decorate the cream with your remaining fresh raspberries then grate your squares of dark chocolate over the top. Place in the fridge to chill for a while then serve in slices.

Sugar Free Fruit Sundaes

This sugar free decorative dessert is easy to make. Either make your own sugar free ice cream by following a recipe from this website or visit your local health food or homemade ice cream shop and buy one of their varieties. Remember to construct the sundaes just before serving.


  • One tub sugar free ice cream (in any fruit flavour)
  • 220ml whipping cream
  • One small bar of very dark, high cocoa content chocolate (or plain diabetic chocolate)
  • One fresh mango
  • Half a fresh pineapple
  • 10 or so large strawberries
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Wash and clean your sundae glasses (if you don’t have any, try large wine or brandy glasses). Wash, hull and stone your fruit. Cut the mango and pineapple into chunks. Cut all but a few of your strawberries in half. Then whip your cream and grate your dark chocolate. Place a piece of fruit in the bottom of each glass then spoon on whipped cream and sprinkle some grated chocolate. Top with a layer of sugar free fruit ice-cream. Keep repeating (alternating your fruit) until the glass is almost full. Finally, top with a peak of whipped cream and a whole strawberry. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and serve.

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