Eton Mess – Healthier Version

Awhile back I made some lovely Meringue Nests and had two left over. The went in an airtight container on top of the fridge. In my defense, I can’t really see the top of my fridge and I certainly don’t look up there very often. Once when I had the parents of friends over and learned the Dad was quite tall, I felt obligated to pull up a chair and clean it off for fear he might see all sorts of shame up there! But mostly, other than a bread box that’s sat up there for years, the top of my fridge is ignored.

Eton Mess
Eton Mess

I was a bit afraid my meringue nests wouldn’t still be good, but let’s face it, meringue is a pretty stable substance when cooked up for nests and the container is airtight. They were still lovely, if a bit dry, which is a bonus in this case. I had berries still that I hadn’t used up when I made my Chicken & Fruit Salad and even had whipped cream in the fridge.

Eton Mess came to mind immediately. I’ve also seen a number of posts on Eton Mess lately, including this one by Coconut Craze and this one by Caroline’s Cooking. I guess Eton Mess was just on my mind.

Eton Mess
Eton Mess

Somehow, though, I just couldn’t face the whipped cream, so I did what I do so often as a substitute. I used a Greek Yogurt. An unsweetened version, at that. By the time the berries (I used strawberries and blueberries) and the meringue went in, it was a gorgeous blend of deliciousness!

I was even feeling a bit virtuous despite the sugar in the meringue until I had a second helping…I can’t wait for the next time I make Meringue Nests!

Eton Mess
Eton Mess

Eton Mess, Greek Yogurt Version

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: minutes with premade meringues
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups berries, in bite sized pieces if larger berries are used
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 meringue nests or equivalent amount of meringue
  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt

Mix berries with sugar and if time allows, leave at room temperature for 15 minutes to an hour.

Add yogurt to a small bowl. Crumble the meringue nests and add most to the yogurt, leaving out a small amount for garnish. Add most of the berries, again leaving out a small amount for garnish.

Divide mixture among four fancy glasses or bowls. Sprinkle the reserved fruit and meringue over the top.

Notes:

  • If you’re making meringue for this recipe, no need to actually pipe out nests. Use the recipe given or adjust to size and simply smooth the meringue out into about 1/2 inch layer.
  • If you wish to make a classic Eton Mess, simply whip up one cup of whipping cream, sweeten if you wish, and use in place of the yogurt.

From the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

27 thoughts on “Eton Mess – Healthier Version”

    1. My brother and I have an ongoing debate on just this subject. My sister in law is a great cook and my brother thinks food that tastes great is too tempting~ me, I find if I try to be too austere in my diet I end up blowing it willy nilly on something stupid and really bad for me – if I build in little splurges here and there I think I’m less likely to “go wild” when I do get ahold of something that’s a little decadent. I like dishes like this, too, because I have a little control over how much of the fruit, yogurt and the meringue I eat. 🙂

  1. I was sure I had commented on this post. I enjoy the classic Eton Mess though it IS very sweet. A healthier version could only encourage one to eat it more often.

      1. I made a sheet of meringue especially so that I could break it up and use it for the Eton Mess. I often have leftover whites and meringues are the only thing I make with them, otherwise I toss them … which is wasteful, I know. 🙂

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