This blueberry and vanilla semifreddo dessert is so good you won’t believe it is actually quite healthy. If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this semifreddo easily within your allowances as it is low-calorie for a dessert.

blueberry semifreddo

What is semifreddo?

Have you heard of semifreddo? It’s a delicious Italian dessert that’s a cross between ice cream and mousse. The name translates to “half-frozen,” and it’s served chilled but not frozen solid.

With a creamy, smooth texture and a light, airy feel, it’s the perfect treat for hot summer days. The best part is that it’s surprisingly easy to make at home with just a few ingredients.

Whether you’re a fan of classic vanilla or want to try something more adventurous like chocolate hazelnut or raspberry, there’s a semifreddo recipe out there for everyone.

Trust me, once you try this dessert, it’ll become a new favourite in your repertoire that’s sure to impress your family and friends.

Making desserts healthily

There are so many dessert recipes that can be made healthily. On the whole, the major issue is cream and sugar so if you find a recipe that avoids those you are on to a winner!

I love quark as an ingredient for desserts as it is a soft cheese but made with skimmed milk so it is low fat.

If you are making a recipe that uses a soft cheese like Philadelphia then swapping to quark usually works well and saves some syns.

Quark pot on a tea towel.

Quark tips

In recipes that need quark, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure it tastes good. Quark doesn’t have much flavour so ensure you flavour the dish well.

Quark is available in most large supermarkets now and even stocked in Aldi and Lidl. You can usually find it near soft cheeses in a tub similar to that you would buy cottage cheese in.

Due to the low-fat content of quark, it easily splits if heated too much or has hot water or hot liquid added to it. Be careful and stir in gradually and you should be ok.

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Adapting the blueberry and vanilla semifreddo recipe

If you fancy a different flavour semifreddo it is really easy to swap the ingredients a little to make them whatever you fancy.

Strawberry and vanilla work well together or perhaps use a variety of berries? The choice really is yours.

quark infographic about the health benefits of quark.

More recipes you may enjoy

For all my recipes with quark, like this blueberry and vanilla semifreddo, check out the quark guide full of tips and recipes.

Are you looking for desserts? Here is a list of lots of yummy healthy desserts including vanilla cheesecake and blueberry fool.

If you are looking for more summer recipes I have a great selection of summer recipes or for recipes specifically perfect for picnics check out this picnic roundup.

If you fancy blueberry muffins these no added sugar muffins sound so good! Swapping to reduce sugar cravings is always good, isn’t it?

Here are a few more dessert recipes I think you should try.

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blueberry semifreddo

Blueberry and Vanilla Semifreddo

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2hrs 10m
  • Yield: 8 Slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


This Blueberry and Vanilla Semifreddo is a delicious dessert for all the family. Without using any gelatine this is a vegetarian recipe too!



400g Fresh blueberries

3 tbsp Granulated Sweetener

100g Fat Free Fromage Frais

200g Low fat custard from a tin

200g Quark

2 Large egg whites

1 tbsp Vanilla extract


Beat egg whites well and then stir in custard, fromage frais, quark, sweetener and vanilla extract.

Using a fork crush 100g of the blueberries in a bowl and mix into the custard mix.

Fold in the remainder of the blueberries

Line a loaf tin with cling film and then pour in the semifreddo mixture.

Fold the remaining cling film loosely over the top of the mixture and place into a freezer for 2-3 hours.

Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before serving.

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  1. Brilliant refreshing dessert with the pop of blueberries. Really enjoyed it – and you’re right, the portion sizes are large!

  2. Maureen Craven says:

    Just love your recipes thank you xxx

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