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Healthy Gluten Free Raw Christmas Pudding

CHRISTMAS PUDDING – MY HEALTHY CHEF SECRET RECIPE

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding. I love the fragrant aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, orange and nutmeg infused into plump sun-dried fruits then finished off with my homemade Raw Vegan Custard poured over the top.  This is a recipe I designed especially for YOU! My Christmas puddings recipe is from my Purely Delicious Cookbook and only take 5 minutes to make.

 

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT

What I love about them is that they’re so easy to make and you feel great after eating it, as it won’t bloat you out like traditional versions and they are gluten free too! The dried fruit adds sweetness and moisture, so you don’t need to add extra cane sugar or added fats like most traditional puddings. Almond meal adds protein, vitamin E + the good heart-healthy mono-unsaturated oils which are anti-inflammatory to the body. 

+ ingredients & methods +

ingredients (12 puddings)

225g fresh pitted dates – approx 10 – 15  dates depending on their size
zest from 1 orange
250g organic dried apricots, chopped
150 g (1 ½ cups) almond meal / ground almonds
1  teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼  tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
80 g white chocolate, melted for decoration – optional see other great topping ideas below)


Healthy Raw Vegan Custard

2 mangoes
1 x 400 g (14 oz) can organic coconut milk or cream for a thicker custard
1 teaspoon Healthy Chef Turmeric Latte
1 orange, juiced

 

To make custard

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve chilled alongside puddings.

 

method

  1. Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs.
  3. Spoon mixture into a large bowl and add 1 – 2 tablespoons orange juice then mix again. Your pudding mix should come together in the hands when lightly squeezed.
  4. Divide puddings into 6 small puddings. The best way to do this is to line the base of your desired mould with glad wrap and press the pudding mixture into it firmly.
  5. Invert the pudding and remove the glad wrap. Repeat until all the puddings are formed.
  6. Melt white chocolate in a small bowl that is set over a simmering pot of water.
  7. Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if using and garnish. You can use goji berries, fresh cherries or anything you fancy. Alternatively, omit the topping if you wish.
  8. Arrange onto a serving plate and set aside until needed.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO BAKE THESES PUDDINGS 

 

+ notes & inspiration +

OTHER SERVING SUGGESTIONS + GREAT TOPPING IDEAS

 

  • Garnish with fresh red cherries or raspberries
  • Top with thick yoghurt in place of custard
  • Serve with sour cherry compote or smashed raspberries
  • As an alternative to white chocolate combine 100 g melted cacao butter with 100 ml coconut cream and 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well and drizzle over the puddings then allow to set
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