A very Merry grain free Christmas!
The countdown is on! Only 21 days till Christmas!
It is also almost my 1 year anniversary for giving up grains & sugar. There have been a few minor parapraxi along the way, I mean, who can travel to New York and not eat a bagel (or 6)?!
Anyway, it is a dietary choice that I have realised makes a difference to me: I feel better – and that’s what matters – it has also forced me to look outside the square when cooking, which has been a really interesting challenge and journey. You will thank me for it with this great recipe for Christmas pudding which is grain free, dairy free and refined sugar-free. Don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security though – dried fruit is packed with sugar and the tapioca base (trust me, it’s better than it sounds) is still full of starch! Although a safe starch!!
We made this much awaited recipe in my recent cooking class and it was a hit, no one could guess the miracle ingredient when given a taste test and no one complained about it not being sweet enough. In the recipe I have added some Natvia to appease the masses and keep it sugar-free but if you are not so concerned, by all means add some rapadura but I think it doesn’t need anything at all.
It is quite boozy so if this is an issue, substitute the brandy for extra milk! Coconut milk imparts a coconutty flavour but adds a magnificent richness to this already rich recipe. Of course, feel free to use cow juice if not dairy averse. Me? I am not a drinker, but I do love a boozy pudding!!100g tapioca (or sago) 375g almond milk (or coconut milk) 400g dried mixed fruit, roughly chopped 100g pitted prunes, finely chopped 80g brandy 1 teas bicarb soda 2 teas ground ginger 2 tabs Natvia (optional) 3 teas cinnamon 1 teas allspice 1 tab cocoa 50g almonds 1 tab psyllium (optional but helps bind the mix together) 2 eggs 45g softened butter or coconut oil Soak tapioca in milk overnight (or better, 2 nights). Soak dried fruit in brandy overnight (or better, a week!) Mill the almonds on SP 9 for 10 seconds. Add butter & eggs and mix on SP 3 for 5 seconds. Add rest of the ingredients and mix on SP 3 REVERSE for 10 seconds until combined. Divide mix into 2 and pack into a greased container and steam for 2 hours each in your Varoma. Alternately, pack into a 1 kg pudding basin and steam conventionally for 3 hours. Can be served hot, warm or cold.