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Easy no-bake pudding bites

  • LIVING WELL

Easy no-bake pudding bites

Makes about 35 mini truffle-size puddings   

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. 

Why you and your body will love these  

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.

You'll need 

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 

What to do 

  1. Combine prunes, dates, apricots, ginger, orange zest and Grand Marnier or orange juice in a large bowl and toss well to combine. Leave to sit for the fruit to absorb the liqueur for half an hour or so if you can. 
  2. Place the fruit mixture with its liquid in the large bowl of your food processor and process until the fruit is finely chopped. Add the ground almonds, vanilla, spices and salt. Process until the mixture is combined and paste-like. 
  3. Take small spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into truffle-size balls. 
  4. Place the coconut in a large, flat container and toss the mini puddings in the coconut a few at a time. 
  5. Remove to a container and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 2 weeks. 

 

Healthy eating and regular physical activity are important parts of living well through menopause. But if symptoms of menopause are affecting your daily life, it's time to take back control.

Start today by completing the Menopause Symptom Checklist. Then take the results to your doctor to talk about managing menopause well.

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