Gluten Free, Dairy Free Healthy Christmas Pud with Citrus and Pine-nuts

  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free Healthy Christmas Pud with Citrus and Pine-nuts
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  • 250 g raisins
  • 250 g sultanas
  • 250 g currants
  • 60 g mixed peel
  • 75 g chopped almonds
  • 75 g pinenuts
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 x orange, zested
  • 4 x eggs, pref organic
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 150 g almond meal
  • 1 tspn ground ginger
  • 1 tspn mixed spice


Makes approx a 2 kilo pudding to serve 14 – 16 people

Soak fruit and nuts in the brandy over night. At the same time soak the pudding cloth and kitchen twine.

Mix all dry ingredients. Cream eggs, melted coconut oil, orange rind and maple syrup, in a separate bowl. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients then add the fruit mix and combine.

Boil the pudding cloth for 20 minutes and drain in a colander, rinse with cool water and wring out excess. Grease the pudding 2 litre capacity pudding basin with coconut oil and line the base with grease proof paper. Spoon out the pudding mix into the basin, wrap the pudding basin in pudding cloth and tie with kitchen twine.

Bring a large deep saucepan of water to the boil. Lower the pudding basin into the saucepan, the water should come 1/3rd of the way up the pudding. Tie the twine onto the top of the saucepan and cover with a lid. Simmer the pudding covered in a saucepan of water for 8 hours. You may have to replenish the water as the pudding cooks. Wrap the pudding liberally in glad wrap. Wash and rinse the pudding cloth well and allow to dry, and re-wrap the pudding once again.

The brandy will help to preserve the pudding and it will keep for months in the fridge. Reheat by steaming or boiling the pudding for 1 hour and serve with vanilla custard or ice cream. The pudding pictured is served with a crunchy nut mix, made with cooked mixed nuts and maple syrup.

*Wrap your Christmas Pudding in colourful fabric and tie with a bow for a thoughtful xmas gift. You can also make small individually wrapped puddings for Kris Kringle presents (reduce the cooking time to suit).

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  • Now that’s my kind of dessert!


    by Melissa Darr on 12/12/2012, 11:03
    Melissa Darr
    • Thanks Melissa. Your recipes look terrific and I’m looking forward to giving them a go!


      by Courtenay Perks on 18/12/2012, 06:07
      Courtenay Perks
  • Sound nice, I will make this one.


    by Sandra Debnam on 19/12/2012, 14:59
    Sandra Debnam