The holiday season is so close we can almost smell it! If you’re trying to stay healthy these holidays but still want to enjoy the occasional treat then you’re going to love this heart healthy recipe for Pavlova with seasonal berries and dark chocolate. The delicious recipe is by Heleen Meyer has been approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa and can be found in Cooking from the Heart 2 with Pharma Dynamics.

Recipe: Pavlova with seasonal berries and dark chocolate.

Serves 6 to 8 portions


4 egg whites
2/3 cup of caster sugar
2/3 cup of fat-free, plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon of honey
1-2 cups of diced seasonal fruit or berries
45g of dark chocolate, roughly grated


Preheat oven to 120°C

Draw a 20cm circle on non-stick baking paper and place pencil-side down on a baking tray.

Use the electric beater to beat the egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form.

Add the sugar (one tablespoon at a time), beat until sugar is dissolved.

Spoon meringue onto the baking paper. Use a spoon to create an indent on top of the pavlova. This will form a nest for the filling.

Bake on the bottom shelve for 1 hour. Then turn oven off and leave in oven to cool for 3 hours.

Mix the fat-free plain yogurt with the honey and spoon into centre of the pavlova. Top with the diced seasonal fruit or berries and add grated dark chocolate as a garnish.

For more information, contact the Heart and Stroke Health Line on 0860 1 HEART (43278) or visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation website