Healthy Sticky Date Pudding

Healthy sticky date

If you love the taste of an indulgent sticky date pudding then this healthy re-creation is going to be one of your all-time favourites. The dates and maple syrup give a naturally sweet flavour, while the almond meal and coconut oil give it a rich, gooey texture. Enjoy this refined sugar-free and gluten-free treat with a cup of chai.

Healthy Sticky Date Pudding

Makes: 2

Ingredients

  • 3 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 3-4 tbsp warm filtered water
  • coconut oil
  • chopped pecans, to decorate

For the date drizzle

  • 5 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (almond, cashew or tahini)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup filtered warm water

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the chopped dates in 3-4 tbsp filtered water for 5-10 minutes, or until they’re soft.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the almond meal, whisked egg, cinnamon, baking powder, sea salt and maple syrup (if using) in a bowl. Use a fork or whisk to combine the ingredients until there are no clumps and the mixture is light and bubbly. This should take around 5 minutes.
  4. Drain and reserve the water from the chopped dates and add it in to mixture. Whisk the mixture again until it’s smooth. Stir through the chopped dates.
  5. Use the coconut oil to lightly grease two small ovenproof bowls. Spoon the mixture equally into each bowl. Place the puddings in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the date drizzle by placing all of the ingredients in a bowl or small food processor. Using the food processor or a stick blender, blend the ingredients until they form a smooth, creamy consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water.
  7. To check if the sticky date puddings are cooked, insert a skewer into the centre. If it comes out clean, they’re ready.
  8. To serve, top the puddings with the date drizzle, a sprinkle with pecans, a dollop of coconut ice-cream and a handful of fresh berries, if desired.

 

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