healthy christmas puddings

Our lovely, simple, healthy Christmas puddings are a great alternative to the traditional kind, without sacrificing any of the delicious, comforting flavour!

Here are the evidence-based facts behind what makes our healthy Christmas Puddings that extra bit nutritious:

  • Almonds are high in protein, tryptophan and vitamin E for healing the skin. They also are a concentrated source of monounsaturated fats which are good for a healthy heart.
  • Coconut oil contains the heart-protective fatty acid, lauric acid.
  • Oranges contain more than 60 flavonoids that provide powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection. They are also packed with vitamin C which is great for your immune system.
  • Eggs are a complete protein providing all of the essential amino acids. They are also a source of iodine, important for good thyroid function, and the yolks contain lots of vitamin B key for brain health.
  • Cinnamon aids in the regulation of blood sugar and contains phytonutrients which block inflammation and bacterial growth.
  • Goji berries contain all the essential amino acids, are very high in fibre an are jam-packed with Vitamin C. They are also very anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Ingredients

Makes 10 puddings:

  • 3 cups of ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of organic honey
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange or lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 80g of goji berries
  • 50g of chopped dark chocolate
  • 30g melted dark chocolate for decoration (optional)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  • Scoop batter onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper with a small ice-cream scoop
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes
  • Once cooled melt 30g of dark chocolate and pipe over the buns (optional)
  • Enjoy!

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