Sometimes, just the thought of turning on the oven is enough to bring on a hot flush! These little balls of delicious goodness give you all the spiced fruity flavour and texture of traditional puddings minus the refined sugar, flour, fats – and kitchen heat. They make a perfect oven-free Christmas treat too.
Dried fruit provides plenty of fibre. Eating enough fibre helps digestive health and may help to lower 'bad' LDL cholesterol, and help prevent heart disease and diabetes.
Ground almonds provide protein, fibre, vitamin E and healthy fats. They also contain phystoestreogens, plant substances which may help some women with menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, and may improve bone and heart health.
120g pitted prunes, roughly chopped
120g Medjool dates (pitted weight) — about 8 dates, roughly chopped
200g dried apricots, roughly chopped
35g stem ginger, finely chopped
Zest of 1 orange
2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur or orange juice
1½ cups (150g) ground almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 teaspoons mixed spice
½ tsp ground ginger
Good pinch of fine sea salt or salt flakes
1 cup shredded coconut, lightly toasted, to toss the pudding bites in
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