Lower calorie Banoffee Pie for the 5:2 Diet

By Jacqueline Meldrum •

Who loves Banoffee pie? If you're on a diet there's good news as Jacqueline has a low calorie version that's perfect if you're counting calories.

The excess of December is over.
I know, you generally just over-eat at Christmas, but believe me I over-ate throughout December. There were the mince pies, all the chocolate floating about, way too much wine and Prosecco and six or seven meals out. See, what did I tell you? Excess!!
So January’s here and I’m back on my 5:2 Diet.
You must have heard of the 5:2 Diet, but just in case you’ve been living in outer Mongolia, it’s a diet where you eat under 500 calories if you are a woman and under 600 calories if you are a man, twice a week. The rest of the week you eat normally.
The idea is that as well as consuming fewer calories; you are also giving your body a rest and slowing down a growth hormone called IGF –1. As a child this hormone helps our bodies grow, but as an adult we really don’t need to grow any more and there it is producing good and bad cells at an alarming rate. Having a lower calorie fast day gives our bodies a chance to repair instead of producing all these cells.
Scientific studies have shown that those low in this hormone have very few cases of illnesses such as heart disease and various cancers. The diet is worth think about for that alone.

So January is here, I’m back on my diet and I’m looking for lower calorie recipes to enjoy. I was wracking my brain for inspiration, when I received a tweet asking if I could make the Banoffee Pie (you first saw here on Great British Chefs), but with lower calories.

The original pie was amazing, but very calorific. M&S, who provided the recipe, said it served 10 and came in at 384 calories per serving, however realistically it would probably serve 8 at a whopping 480 calories. My task was to take that as low as I could without losing too much flavour or the feeling of eating a really luxurious treat.

I managed to bring it down to 253 calories and it was absolutely delicious.
I hope you try it and let me know what you think.

Lower Calorie Banoffee Pie

Serves 1

253 calories


2 light Rich Tea biscuits
1 tsp butter, melted
50g quark (virtually fat free soft cheese)
10g toffee dessert sauce
10g squirty UHT cream
1/3 banana
a fine grating of dark chocolate


1.  Pop the biscuits in a bag and crush with a rolling pin.

2. Pour the biscuit crumbs into a small bowl and add the melted butter. Mix well and pour into the bottom of a small glass. Leave in the fridge to cool.

3.  Mix the quark with the toffee sauce and add to the glass as the second layer.

4.  Slice the banana and lay on top of the toffee layer, leaving one slice to decorate.

5.  Squirt a layer of cream on top of the bananas, top with the last slice of banana and grate a little dark chocolate on top.

6.  Enjoy!
Valter D. Longo, Professor, Gerontology/Alzheimer’s Research/Cancer Research, Biological Sciences
Eat, Fast and Live Longer (Horizon documentary)

For more inspiration visit Great British Chefs collection of light recipes.


I love Quark, it's SO versatile. Pity I can't guarantee finding it whenever I want it though.
20 January 2014
The Spicy Pear
These individual servings of low cal banoffee pie looks delicious. Will def try it.
16 January 2014
Great idea, skinny pimping such a classic! Bet it tastes gorgeous!
Janie x
16 January 2014
Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. I do hope you try the dessert and yes, I do only do an evening meal on my 5:2 diet, I find it much easier and more satisfying.
16 January 2014
Banoffee Pie is definitely up there in my Top 5 fave puds, and this looks like a wonderful low cal option. Shall definitely be trying!
15 January 2014
This is a brilliant version of the original ,well done on the research bit. I am not on the 5:2 , can never really DIET ! But am eating clean and this certainly will help satiate any sudden sweet cravings minus the guilt!
15 January 2014
Great idea for a healthy dessert - probably not a 5:2 one for me, because that would be half my allowance. Some people do just have an evening meal though so I guess it would work for them?
15 January 2014
This sounds like a brilliant hack recipe - I'm off to the grocery store tomorrow!
14 January 2014
Thanks, it was rather scrummy!
14 January 2014
I love this healthy version of banoffee pie, taste without extra calories thats great.
14 January 2014

Jacqueline Meldrum

Jacqueline Meldrum is mum to a boisterous toddler who loves to bake, but in her spare time she is a food writer and recipe developer who writes the popular vegetarian food blog Tinned Tomatoes. She also writes family articles for Baby Centre UK and hosts the Dundee branch of the Clandestine Cake Club where she gets to meet up with other cakies, chomp cake and chat. 

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