Gluten-free Christmas Pudding with no added sugar!

Rosie Tamkin

Patrick Holford's Christmas Pudding  (Serves 8)

This gluten-free Christmas pud has no added sugar and has plenty of nuts to provide protein and help lower the glycaemic load. It is packed with vitamins and minerals from the fruit, nuts, whole grains and spices, making it a very nutritious alternative to traditional Christmas puds.

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Ingredients

Method

>     450g (16oz) dried mixed fruit (go for organic with no added sugar)

>     80g (just over 3oz) ground almonds

>     40g (1.5oz) chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, and hazelnuts work well)

>     80g (just over 3oz) gluten-free oat, rice or quinoa flakes (available in most health food stores), ground into crumbs using a food processor

>     75g (3oz) butter or dairy-free alternative

>     1 medium apple, finely chopped

>     Juice of one orange (or 3 tablespoons of brandy)

>     1 tablespoon lemon juice

>     2 free range or organic eggs

>     1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

>     1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

>   1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1      Mix together the dried fruit, nuts, and crumbed flakes.

2      Rub in the butter or dairy-free alternative.

3      Add the chopped apple and the orange and lemon juices.

4      Beat eggs well and stir into the mixture.

5      Mix in the spices.

6      If you like, add any lucky coins (well-wrapped in greaseproof paper — not aluminium foil — to prevent metal poisoning).

7      Place in a buttered, pudding basin that can hold at least 3-1/2 cups of liquid. Make an airtight cover with 3 layers of greaseproof paper.

8     Half-fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Place the pudding basin in the pan (don’t let any water enter the pudding basin) and cover. Steam the pudding in the simmering water for 5 hours, taking care to top the water levels up from time to time. (If you are going to cook the pudding in advance, steam it for 4 hours and leave  covered until you are ready to eat it then steam for another hour before serving.)

9    Serve with ice cream, cream, brandy butter made with xylitol instead of sugar, natural yoghurt, fromage frais or dairy-free alternatives such as cashew cream.