Easy Grape Dessert – Lower Carb Count

This impressive yet simple, easy grape dessert is irresistible and is sure to wow your friends and family. It has a sweet spiced topping that adds a touch of magic to the fresh fruit and creamy yoghurt middle.


serving of grape dessert in a bowl with a spoon

If you’re looking for a dessert that’s both easy to make and impresses your dinner guests, this grape dessert recipe is the answer. Made with only a handful of ingredients, it’s gluten free and boasts a lower carb count than most desserts. So why not give it a try and see for yourself?

In this article, I will be taking you through the ingredients you’ll need, the preparation steps to make this dessert, and variations you can try.

With just a few ingredients and some easy-to-follow steps, you can create a dessert that will amaze your guests. Trust us, they’ll be asking for the recipe before they leave! So, let’s get started.,


Why we all love this easy grape dessert

This grape dessert brings back lots of fond memories for me and I wish I could claim it as my own recipe. But alas, this is a variation of a dessert first served by my godmother and then often by my mum when I was growing up. Nevertheless, it has now become a recipe that my own family regularly requests me to make.

However, I have made a couple of tweaks to reduce the overall carb count and to make it slightly friendlier on blood glucose levels, which can help support your overall diabetes management.

This grape dessert is so easy to make (however it does need to be made in advance), it doesn’t require any cooking and in under 15 minutes, you can have a brilliant dessert to enjoy with friends, take to a BBQ or simply just enjoy at home.

The ingredients in this dessert are so simple and pretty inexpensive too. The brown sugar alternative is more expensive than regular brown sugar, but it’s a worthwhile investment to reduce the overall carb count and potentially reduce blood glucose spikes.

looking down in the easy grape dessert dish with a serving taken out

Using Sugar Alternatives for Diabetics

I use a brown sugar replacement in this dessert, which is a combination of erythritol, tagatose, glycerol, malt extract (gluten free) and stevia. This does cause a slight rise in my daughter’s blood sugars, but it is very minimal. Nevertheless, I would experiment to see what it does to yours in order to decide if you need to adjust carb counting and insulin requirements. 

There are many sugar substitutes and brands out there, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different sweeteners and quantities in my sweet treat recipes. It may take a few attempts to find your preference as we all have different palates.

You can find a list of my recommended products that I use on my shop page!

If you prefer to use other sweeteners like sucralose or stevia, remember to convert your quantity. Most brands have this information on their websites. And if you would like to read more on sugar substitutes and diabetes then make sure to read this post.

Sugar Substitutes and Diabetes Management

The world of sugar substitutes and type 1 diabetes can be confusing. This guide explores substitutes in the UK and diabetes management

However please also feel free to use brown sugar if that is your preference. Just remember to carb count for it!


Ingredients for the Easy Grape Dessert

ingredients in 2 bowls to make the easy grape dessert
  • White grapes
    • They have a slightly higher Glycaemic Index than most fruits
    • But grapes contain many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as copper, vitamins B and K.
  • Blueberries
    • Low in calories, Glycaemic Index and are incredibly good for you
    • An excellent source of several vitamins, beneficial plant compounds, and antioxidants
  • Greek yoghurt
    • A fermented yoghurt
    • high in nutrients like vitamin B12 as well as being a good source of protein, fat, and carbs
  • Double cream
    • So not the healthiest of ingredients as it is high in saturated fat but it’s all about balance right!
    • You could switch to a plant-based alternative like Oatly Whippable if you are looking to reduce the saturated fat content
  • Brown sugar alternative
  • Mixed spice, ground cinnamon and ground ginger
    • A combination of deliciously ground spices adds a wonderful warmth to this dessert

How to make this Easy Grape Dessert

This grape desert really couldn’t be easier to make! But it does need to be made in advance so it has plenty of time to chill and the spicy-sweet topping plenty of time to sit on the yogurty middle

First, cut the grapes in half and place them in your serving bowl. Next, add your layer of blueberries.

Using a stand mixer or hand whisk, whisk your cream, being careful not to overwhip. Next, add the Greek yoghurt and fold it into the whipped cream.

Now add your layer of creamy yoghurt deliciousness on top of your fruit.

Finally, combine the brown sugar alternative with the spices and mix well. Sprinkle your sweet spice mix over the dessert.

Cover and place in the fridge preferably overnight or at least for a few hours.

serving of grape dessert in a bowl

Variations to Try

With its simple yet luscious flavour, this grape dessert recipe is incredibly versatile and can be adapted to suit a variety of tastes and occasions.

Here are some creative variations you could try:

  1. Change the Fruit – While green grapes work perfectly in this recipe, you can experiment with other colours of grapes as well. Or go for a mix of different coloured grapes for a visually stunning dessert. You could also swap out the blueberries for another berry or even a tropical fruit like mango or pineapple However, I like the firmer texture of a blueberry against the creamy topping.
  2. Add some crunch – For some extra texture and flavour, sprinkle some chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts or pistachios over the top of the dessert.
  3. Infuse with flavour – To take this dessert to the next level, by infusing the creamy mixture with different flavours. Add some vanilla extract or almond extract for a sweet aroma, or mix in some orange zest or lemon juice for a fruity zing.

Making in Advance and Storing

This dessert is a great make-ahead option. Ideally, this grape dessert needs to be left overnight to allow the sweet sugary topping to melt in slightly to the creamy yoghurt layer. But you can even make it a couple of days in advance from when you need it.

Store it covered with a little clingfilm over the top to protect it, in the fridge

Any leftovers will keep covered and in the fridge for a further 2-3 days.


Diabetes Note

This dessert is not only delicious but pretty low on the carb count front too. The combination of the fat from the cream also helps to work with the sugar from the fruits in not creating dramatic blood sugar spikes. Per serving this dessert is around 13g of carbs!

We have found desserts with cream or yoghurt are in fact usually pretty good on blood glucose levels. And as they require less insulin usually it also helps to reduce the error rate.

Carb Counting

The overall carb count for this easy grape dessert based on the ingredients we would count for is:

  • Grapes= 500g – 76g of carbs
  • Blueberries = 300g – 27.3g of carbs
  • Double Cream = 600ml – 9.6g of carbs
  • Greek Yogurt = 500g – 15g of carbs

Now add all the carbs together – 76+27.3+9.6+15= 127.9g of carbs

Finally divide this by the approximate serving size, 10 – 130/10 = 13g of carb per portion

However, for a more accurate carb count, you can weigh the dish you use before adding the ingredients and then weigh the total weight of the dessert after you have assembled it.

Subtracting the dish weight from the total weight will give you an accurate total weight to use in the formula below:

infographic of the diabetic carb counting formula

Please note this carb count amount per portion is based on the standard ingredients listed above and may differ depending on what you use and how much you choose to eat.

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Easy Grape Dessert

Easy Grape Dessert

Recipe by Michelle

This impressive yet Easy Grape Dessert is irresistible with its layers of fresh fruit, creamy yogurty middle and a sweet-spicy topping.

Course: DessertsCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Very Easy
5.0 from 2 votes
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Chilling Time

4

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 500 g 500 white grapes

  • 300 g 300 blueberries

  • 600 ml 600 double cream

  • 500 g 500 Greek yoghurt

  • 60 g 60 brown sugar alternative

  • 2.5 tsp 2.5 mixed spice

  • 1 tsp 1 ground cinnamon

  • 0.5 tsp 0.5 ground ginger

Directions

  • Cut the grapes in half and place them in your large glass serving dish. Next, add your layer of blueberries.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand whisk, whisk your cream, being careful not to overwhip. Next, add the Greek yoghurt and fold it into the whipped cream.
  • Now add your layer of creamy yoghurt deliciousness on top of your fruit
  • Combine the brown sugar alternative with the spices and mix well. Sprinkle your sweet spice mix over the dessert.
  • Cover and place in the fridge preferably overnight or at least for a few hours.

Equipment

Tips and Notes

  • Weigh your dish before you start for more accurate Carb Counting
  • This Grape Dessert needs to be made in advance. It should only take 15 minutes but just remember to do it in the morning or even better the night before!
  • I prefer to use a cylindrical serving dish for this dessert to ensure even amount of fruit and cream when serving.
  • Diabetes Note – This dessert is not only delicious but pretty low on the carb count front too. The combination of the fat from the cream also helps to work with the sugar from the fruits in not creating dramatic blood sugar spikes. Per serving this dessert is around 13g of carbs!
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