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Sticky Date Pudding

5 mins
25 mins
8 Servings

YES! My favourite dessert – sticky date pudding – now has a healthier makeover. I’ve subbed out the butter, loaded it with fibrous foods (good for your gut) and made the recipe so easy. You’ll love it. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup pitted dried dates, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 400g (14oz) tin coconut milk
  • ½ cup light extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp bi-carb soda
  • ⅔ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups wholemeal flour
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  • 1.Preheat oven to 170C (340F).
  • 2.Combine dates, bi-carb soda, half the coconut milk, ⅓ cup maple syrup, vanilla paste and oil in a mixing bowl and stir well.
  • 3.In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add eggs, wet ingredients and pecans. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into a greased 20cm baking dish. Bake for 25 mins uncovered.
  • 4.To make the sauce, add the remaining maple syrup and coconut milk in a small saucepan on a high heat. Bring to the boil, reduce to simmer for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Pour over pudding to serve.

Notes:

+ Whole gluten-free flour if you can’t eat gluten. Though, I haven’t tried it yet, I am assuming it’ll work. If you do try it, I’d love an update and this I can amend this.
+ If you can’t eat eggs, flax eggs should work here instead. 
+ Light extra virgin olive oil refers to a ‘light’ flavour. It doesn’t mean fewer calories. You can use stronger ‘robust’ flavoured olive oil if you like (I did, and it wasn’t really noticeable).  
+ Dried dates are cheaper than fresh, that’s why I used them here. Make sure they’re pitted. You can use fresh dates if you prefer. 
+ This recipe should freeze well!
+ Your friends and family won’t notice that this is a ‘healthier’ recipe. That’s the point! You can brag about its health credentials after they tell you it’s delicious 😉 
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+ Full disclaimer: I can’t bake! I’m crap at it. But even I can manage this beauty. 

Sticky Date Pudding - Healthy version Recipe - Lyndi Cohen

Sticky Date Pudding - Healthy version Recipe - Lyndi Cohen

Sticky Date Pudding - Healthy version Recipe - Lyndi Cohen