Couscous Cake - Lemon and Blueberry

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There is never a dull moment with Slimming World, and the variety of food we can eat while staying on plan always inspires me. I saw a couscous cake while browsing on Pinterest recently and thought - this is a free food on slimming world, there must be a way to make this low syn! So, I've made a fresh and tasty version adding Lemon, Blueberry and Poppy Seeds and using low syn and free ingredients. Enjoy enjoy a few with a cuppa and still have syns left over for the day.
If you are dubious, worry not - sweet couscous is not what we are used to in the UK and Ireland but it's quite normal for some cultures. You'll soon be won over by the gorgeous aromas filling your house, it smells exactly like a blueberry muffin.
In terms of texture, I was pleasantly surprised - there is no graininess to it so long as it is cooked to the instructions and mixxed well with other ingredients. Definitely something I'll do again.

Note: Since this is not the intended use of couscous, it is considered a "tweak". To account for this we add a further syn per slice, bringing the syn value to 1.5 syns per slice.

8 Servings
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  • 100g couscous, cooked as per instructions
  • 3 medium eggs
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Half tbsp poppy seeds (1 syn)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp sweetener (1.5 syns)
  • 2-3 tbsp Fat Free Greek Yoghurt/Quark
  • 100g Frozen Blueberries (2 syns)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C.
  2. Cook the couscous as per instructions. Add lemon juice and leave to cool
  3. Whisk the eggs, and add the cinnamon, yoghurt and sweetener
  4. Add the poppy seeds and cooled cous cous and mix well
  5. Line a cake tray with parchment paper or spray with a non-fat cooking spray
  6. Pour gently into the tray, and place blueberries evenly into the mixture
  7. Cook for 25-30 minutes
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into 8

A couple of tips:

  • Make sure the fruit is well frozen to retain its shape. Fresh fruit will spread a lot more!

  • You can mess around with flavourings, such as vanilla essence or nutmeg if you’re not a fan of cinnamon and lemon.

  • This mix works very well for muffins too.

  • The seeds are completely optional.

Have you tried any variation of the couscous cake? What should we try next? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram!

Slimming World Lemon Drizzle Cake (8 syns in total!)


Ahhh Lemon Drizzle cake - theres nothing quite like a zesty slice with a cuppa. This particular recipe is only 8 syns in total, which makes a very nice low syn drizzle cake. *UPDATE Some sweeteners now have a syn value. Please check yours and adapt syns accordingly when making this slimming world cake.

Low Syn Lemon Drizzle Cake


  • 2 large lemons
  • 5 eggs
  • 45g Granulated Sweetener
  • 50g Self Raising Flour

Low Syn Lemon Drizzle Cake - Method

  1. Sieve the sweetener and flour into a mixing bowl
  2. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the mix
  3. Using a hand grater, zest both lemons and add the zest to the mix
  4. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Keep the whites aside, beat the yolks and add to the mixture
  5. Whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy and form soft peaks. Fold into the mixture
  6. Add to the cake tray
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes on 180C until golden brown, allow to cool a little
  8. Mix the juice of the second lemon and 15g sweetener, pour over the top of the cake and bake for another 10 mins until the top of the cake is beautifully glazed

Recipe Details

Yield: 6 Slices
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4 stars based on 1 reviews

Tags: Low fat, Slimming World
Sugar: 0g

Note: Recipe/Method is credit of Donna Dyble. You can watch her super video here: