Saintly Treat: Afternoon Tea with a healthy twist.

For me, the image of afternoon tea evokes hazy summer days and lazy slow paced afternoons in the Sunshine.  One would hope to have a long conversation with good friends over a cup of comforting tea, accompanied by cake and other treats. It is definitely an experience which lends itself well to Sunday afternoons or bank holiday weekends.

As I am currently on a bit of a health kick, I decided to create a recipe for a healthier version of an afternoon tea cake. This cake is lower in saturated fat and sugar than many other recipes and is an absolute doddle to whip up. I have suggested here to add flavour using vanilla essence, but you can be creative and try it out with either shavings of fresh ginger, ground cinnamon or lemon zest. Essentially it's a guilt free way of enjoying a well deserved treat!

 Recipe: Reduced Sugar and Fat Tea Cake


The addition of wholemeal flour and milled linseed in this recipe gives you a bit more nutritional bang for your buck


75g/3oz Self Raising Flour
75g/3oz Wholemeal Flour 
75g/3oz Caster Sugar
2tsp Baking Powder
4tsp Milled Linseed
75g/3oz  Low Fat Greek Yogurt
2 Free Range Eggs
40g/1oz Unsalted Butter (Melted)
1tbsp Honey or Agave Nectar
2tsp Vanilla Essence

You can serve with Reduced Sugar Jam for people to spread over their slice!


1. Preheat your oven to 180C and grease and line a loose bottomed 18" cake tin.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients: self raising flour, wholemeal flour, caster sugar, baking powder and milled linseed.

3. In another bowl, mix together the eggs and yogurt until smooth and creamy, add this to your dry mixture and mix well.

4. Place the butter in the microwave and heat until fully melted, add this to your mixture and combine well.
5. Add the vanilla essence and honey/agave nectar, do a final mix to make sure your cake batter is smooth and lump free.
6. Scoop then smooth the batter into the loose bottomed tin, tap the tin a couple of times on a work surface to get rid of air and to help create an even bake.
7. Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden.

8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 15-20 minutes, serve with a cup of your favourite tea!

I enjoyed my slice with a cup of Afternoon Earl Grey

I picked up this tea set for £1 from my local car boot sale, bargain!
Let me know if you try this recipe! Did you tweak it at all? 

What type of tea would you choose to go with your dream Afternoon Tea?