It wouldn’t be Christmas in my family without enjoying my Grandma's famous Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Months in advance my Grandma gathers together the ingredients, soaks the fruit, steams the puddings and finally stores them safely away in the very back of her fridge, ready for Christmas. It’s one of the highlights of Christmas day and is loved by all whom have had the privilege of consuming its fruity goodness. I was hoping to feature her on the site this month but time did not allow. She has promised to teach me all she knows and I hope to feature her loved recipe this time next year.
But TODAY I’m excited to share with you this gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free, quick and healthy Christmas pudding recipe (hello long descriptive title).
This pudding is dense and full of flavour. I've served it with my healthy Almond Milk Crème Anglaise, keeping the dish dairy free. If you like you could also swap the almond milk for dairy milk.
My mum is gluten intolerant so I usually prepare this pudding for her at Christmas. She can attest to its deliciousness!
All this pudding talk has made me hungry... excuse me while I go and fetch myself a slice ☺.
- 1½ whole oranges roughly chopped (include the skin)
- 300g pitted dates
- 200g pitted prunes
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 1¼ cups water
- 1½ cups dried currants
- 200g organic dried apricots, finely chopped
- 100g pitted prunes, roughly chopped
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 350g almond meal
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or paste
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp clove
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 190C.
- Grease a medium sized pudding bowl.
- Combine dates, prunes (200g), orange and water into a saucepan and bring to boil.
- Simmer for 10mins or until the water has evaporated and the dates have formed a thick paste (the oranges will still be intact, this is ok).
- Stir through the coconut oil and set aside to cool.
- Place the cooled date mix into a food processor and process until smooth.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add chopped apricots and prunes (100g), currants, almond meal, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg and the eggs and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared pudding bowl.
- Place the pudding bowl into a deep baking tray (I use a roasting tray), then pour in hot water until it reaches ½ to ¾ of the way up the roasting tray.
- Cover the tray and pudding with a layer of baking paper and foil. Make sure it is completely sealed so no steam can escape.
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Carefully remove the tray from the oven, but be careful there is very hot water in the tray!
- Remove the foil and paper away from yourself to ensure you don't get burnt by the steam escaping.
- Loosen the edges of the pudding with a knife and turn onto a serving plate.
- Serve with Almond Milk Creme Anglaise. Enjoy!