I have been teasing you guys for a long time with this Healthy Christmas Pudding Recipe but it is finally here! I made this a few weeks ago and served it up to the family after Sunday lunch and it got the thumbs ups from everyone so I hope you all like it. It goes great with a scoop of Booja Booja coconut ice cream!
I didn’t actually know that you are meant to soak the fruits in brandy for a month until after I had made this recipe, so my healthy version also happens to be quick and easy version comparatively speaking. Who on earth can be bothered to wait a month for a dessert anyway?
Healthy Christmas Pudding Recipe
- 1 orange
- 1 apple
- 220g of medjool dates (12)
- 50g of raisins
- 50g of apricots
- 50g of currants
- 50g of cranberries
- 1 tsp. of cinnamon
- ¼ ground nutmeg
- 2 ground cloves
- ½ ground star anise
- 1 tbsp. of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 100g of almond meal
- 100g of spelt flour
- Remove the core from the apple, then chop it into small pieces.
- Cut a circular sliver from the centre of the orange to garnish the top of our cake. Set to one side.
- Now chop the; orange (skin on), dates and apricots into chucks of approximately the same size.
- Place the mincemeat ingredients into a large saucepan, with 200ml of water and cook on a medium heat, lid on, for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft. Stir every now and again to prevent sticking.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool. The majority of the water should have evaporated.
- Whisk two eggs in a bowl.
- When the mincemeat mixture is completely cool stir in the; eggs, almond meal and spelt flour.
- Cut a circle of baking parchment to cover the top of your ceramic bowl and put to one side. Then grease the bowl -relatively heavily - with coconut oil or grease of your choice.
- Pour the mincemeat mixture into the ceramic bowl. Cover with the paper circle and then wrap the top of the bowl tightly with foil.
- Bake in the oven for 1½ hours at 180°C.
- When it is done, poke a skewer through it and if no batter sticks it should be done. The pudding should also feel firm to the touch.
- Remove the paper and foil.
- Loosen the edges of the pudding with a knife and turn onto a serving plate.
- Drizzle with brandy (optional, but recommended) and set alight.
- Blow out the flame and serve.
Christmas is my favourite time of year and Christmas cake along with; chestnuts, open fires and long wintery walks remind me of this special time of year and get me in the festive spirit. I hope it does the same for you.