Whether you are anti-monarchy or a monarchist let’s face it, the Platinum Jubilee weekend has brought an infectious gaiety to the long weekend. With street parties, BBQs and picnics being planned for the weekend, there is no reason why those afflicted with diabetes should miss out on the great British tradition of having scones during a national British celebration.

I was diagnosed a few years ago as being pre-diabetic due to inherited underlying health conditions. Trying to find the right foods to eat isn’t always easy which is why I have taken to baking my own sugar free alternatives. I hope you enjoy making as well as eating these in celebration.

Ingredients are provided in metrics and in the old fashioned method of using cups to measure these up in. I use the old fashioned method myself and would much rather rely on piling ingredients into cups rather than measuring things up on a weighing scale.


500 grams/4 cups of self-raising flour

1.5 grams/Quarter tsp of salt

114 grams/half cup of healthy butter like Benecol

100 grams/half cup of a sugar alternative like Xylitol

300 mls/one and a quarter cup of Buttermilk

4.4 grams/1 tsp Vanilla extract


Heat oven to 220c/425f/Gas mark 7

Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl

Lightly rub in the butter until the mixture is fine in texture

Stir in the sugar alternative

Stir in Buttermilk and Vanilla to form a soft dough

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead

Cut out circle shapes using cookie cutters

Place dough cut outs on a baking tray

Brush the tops with a little milk

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the scones are golden and risen

Happy Jubilee Weekend. Eat healthily, drink sensibly but don’t be abstemious when it comes to being merry.

P/S. For great healthy eating recipes do look on this site.