A healthy makeover for a European cult snack: Say hello to the sugar free kinder milk slice.
Kinder milk slice. Oh, those memories that come flooding in!
When I grew up in Germany, it was just the coolest snack. The kid that had a “Milchschnitte” in his pocket was the boss. You’d pull it out of your sensible parka during break time and everyone would envy you (unless someone else had a kinder surprise perhaps – chocolate and toys combined always win).
Those two thin layers of soft sponge and the fluffy white milk filling were just irresistible, only to be shared with the very best friends. It was widely believed to be a healthy option as well. After all, a kinder milk slice contains milk, which is so essential for a child’s development.
Well. You can guess where I am going with this.
Here’s a screen shot from the kinder.co.uk website, listing the ingredients of the milk slice:
The main ingredient of a kinder milk slice is indeed milk, but the second and third ingredients are palm oil and sugar, which, in my book, are no-no’s. One milk slice, according to the website, contains 8.3g or 2 teaspoons of sugar. This may be reasonably low if you compare it to other desserts, but we can do better than that, right?
I made my own version of the kinder milk slice by adapting a recipe from a lovely friend who has been making a gluten free version for years. It really is quite simple (if a little messy – or is that just me?).
In this sugar free recipe I used the erythritol/stevia blends from Sukrin, who kindly sent me their product range to test. In the chocolate sponge, I tried out their brown sugar replacement Sukrin Gold, which tastes superb and has 97% less carbs than sugar. For the milk filling I chose the Sukrin icing sugar. If you don’t bake, powdered erythritol works much better than granulated, because erythritol does not melt and dissolve the way table sugar does.
For me the milk slice is part of the fabric of my childhood. Therefore, my version HAD to look as similar to the original as possible. This means you’ll have a bit of cutoffs and leftovers. If you aren’t too fussed about the shape, you could use the rest to make… milk squares. Or milk hearts. Or crumble the sponge over the milk filling in a bowl and call it Eaton milk mess.
Whatever you do, this combo tastes nothing short of awesome – just like a real kinder milk slice, only healthier. Enjoy.
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- for the sponge
- 4 eggs
- 100 ml milk
- 80g/ ½ plus ⅓ cup ground almonds
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 90g/1/2 cup (packed!) Sukrin Gold (or granulated erythritol)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- for the filling
- 200ml whipping cream
- 100 ml milk
- 100 g/ ½ cup cream cheese
- 1 bag (12g) of powdered gelatine
- 3 tbsp Sukrin icing sugar (or powdered erythritol)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 Celsius.
- Beat the eggs until foamy. Add all other ingredients for the sponge and mix well. it is essential that you don't leave out the psyllium husk. It acts as a binder and is, very conveniently, super healthy as well.
- Pour the liquid mixture onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. To ensure you can easily remove the baked sponge later, lightly grease the baking paper first.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Depending on your baking sheet, you might have to do this in 2 batches. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- For the filling, warm the milk in a pan (it should not boil) and stir in the gelatine granules until completely dissolved.
- Whip the whipping cream until very stiff, then add the cream cheese, Sukrin icing sugar, vanilla essence and the warmed milk with the melted gelatine, and combine well.
- Place in the fridge until set.
- Peel the cooled sponge off the baking paper and pre-cut it to the desired shape. My slices were ca 10 cm long and 4 cm wide.
- Spread the milk filling over the sponge (ca ½ cm thick) and top with the second layer of pre-cut sponge slices.
- Separate the slices with a knife and serve. Any leftovers are best stored in the fridge.
It's worth mentioning that the original kinder milk slice weighs 28g and is therefore roughly half the weight of my milk slice. Yet my version has only 1.1g sugar (compared to 8.3 g) and 2.8g net carbs.