From chalk and cheese to me on a treadmill, some things in life are not meant to go together. I’d also argue that putting fruit and yoghurt on top of a crumpet instead of butter also falls into this category. Of course butter is full of calories, and if you melt a load of cheese on top of your crumpets (heaven!) then all of a sudden… you’re probably reading this blog looking to lose weight ;-).
Toasted crumpets and warm spiced berries with yoghurt and honey was the very first recipe in the Hairy Dieters’ six series of books first published in 2012. They optimistically claim: “Top your crumpets with this mixture of gooey fruit, honey and yoghurt and you’ll never miss the butter”. Hmm, the jury is out for me but at only 257 calories per portion this is considerably better for your waistline. Slimming World dieters take note though – this comes in at a whopping 12 syns per portion due to the crumpets and the composition of the fruit being changed in the frying pan.
If you want to save money use frozen fruit rather than fresh, as I started doing at the beginning of the pandemic due to the short dates of fresh fruit I was receiving from supermarket deliveries. If fruit and ‘sunshine in a bowl’ goodness is your thing, I’d recommend Breakfast Banana Split, Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola and (Lighter) French Toast. I’ll be defiantly sticking to coating my crumpets with butter for the forseeable future, in moderation of course!
Recipe: Toasted crumpets and warm spiced berries with yoghurt and honey
Calories: 257 per portion
Book: Hairy Dieters – How to love food and lose weight
Prep time: Approx 5 minutes
Cooking time: Approx 5 minutes
- 4 crumpets
- 100g fat-free Greek yoghurt
- 150g ripe strawberries (hulled and sliced)
- 50g raspberries
- 50g blueberries
- 2 big pinches of ground mixed spice
- 2 tsp runny honey (for drizzling)
Cost per portion: Approx £1.52
Toast the crumpets in a toaster or under the grill until lightly browned. You don’t want a flabby crumpet, so make sure you toast them well. Put the yoghurt in a bowl and stir until it looks glossy.
Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and add all the fruit. Sprinkle with 2 good pinches of ground mixed spice and cook for just a minute, tossing regularly until the fruit is softened but still holding its shape. This will bring out the sweetness without the need to add extra sugar.
Divide the hot, toasted crumpets between 2 plates. Spoon the fruit over the top and allow some of it to tumble on to the plates. Spoon the yoghurt on top and drizzle with a little honey. Eat right away.