Mostly Raw Christmas Pudding

 

This mostly raw Christmas pudding, could be literally thrown together and be ready to serve and eat in less than 30 minutes.

Kids can join in and easily help to make them and even leave one or two of these healthier options out for Santa and his reindeer.

This has all the ingredients that define a scrumptious Christmas pudding, from the spices to the dried fruit. Yet the only cooking required is to heat the cocoa butter for a minute or two to form the frosting, if you want to garnish the pudding elegantly.

The mixture itself is also perfect for rolling into little Christmas bliss balls, which make ideal homemade gifts for friends and family. You can dip them in the frosting or just roll them in coconut or some toasted nuts and seeds.

 

Makes 8

 

Ingredients

60g dried  figs

2 tbsp orange zest

50g flaxseed meal

2 tbsp dried sour cherries

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

100g dried apricots

250g fresh dates, pitted

170ml almond meal

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp allspice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground ginger

¼ cup orange juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

 

FROSTING

100g raw organic cacao butter, chopped

100ml coconut cream

40g maple syrup, good quality

 

Method

1. Line 8 small 5cm (2-inch) diameter dariole moulds or 50ml capacity small cups with plastic wrap.

2. Combine all the ingredients, except for the orange juice and the coconut oil, in a food processor and blend until the mixture forms into a crumb-like consistency. Remove from the food processor, place in a large mixing bowl and add the orange juice and coconut oil. Knead the mixture until it comes together into a large ball.

3. Divide the pudding mix into 8 portions and pack into the moulds firmly. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm. Remove from the moulds, peel off the plastic wrap and place on a tray.

4. Meanwhile, to make the frosting, place the cacao butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and stir until completely melted. Remove from the heat and then mix in the coconut cream and maple syrup until well combined. Cool at room temperature to thicken the frosting, stirring occasionally.

5. Spoon the frosting over the puddings and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes or until the frosting is firm.

6. Decorate the puddings with some fresh raspberries and serve.

 

Pete Evans' Recipe

 

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