This raw vegan Christmas pudding was inspired by a recipe on The Raw Chocolate Company blog last year, but it doesn’t seem to be there anymore so I can’t credit the original (though there is a more luxurious – and cooked – recipe, posted in the last couple of weeks).
This pic is of the one we made last Christmas, which turned out a little bit tart as we’d used golden berries and orange juice (they also made it orange!), so this time I have swapped them for raisins, apple-infused cranberries and fresh apple juice.
So long as you keep to the overrall amounts, you can use whatever dried fruit you like, depending how sweet or citrusy you prefer it.
Amounts are approximate and you can play around with the spices.
It will keep in the fridge for a few days, but we made ours in advance and put it in the freezer. It turned out really well.
This time, we made two small ones with this mixture, a large one is too much if there’s only two of you. You only need a small slice.
You can eat it as it is or with some whipped coconut cream (add whatever ‘flavouring’ you like ;-)), cashew nut cream or coconut yogurt.
This mixture also forms the basis of Christmas Truffles which are great as a gift or if you want to to freeze small bites rather than a single pudding.
For the mould, you can use a pudding bowl, a cereal bowl or in our case, a Tupperware bowl! I’m not fond of plastic, but sometimes there is no other option and as we wanted to freeze the pud, that’s what we used, 2 small plastic bowls with lids. You could line the bowl(s) with parchment to make them easier to remove, although we found they it came out of the plastic bowl quite easily.
1 Cup chopped Medjool Dates, pitted & chopped
1/2 Cup Goji Berries
1/2 Cup Dried Mulberries
1/2 Cup Apple juice-infused Cranberries
1/2 Cup Raisins
1 Cup Sweet Apricot Kernels /Almonds, or a mixture of them and Walnuts, all lightly chopped (we forgot to chop ours this time!)
1 Cup Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds
all pre-soaked in 2/3 Cup fresh Apple Juice
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Lemon and Orange Zest to taste
Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and pour over the apple juice.
Stir well, cover and leave to soak. Give it a stir occasionally. We left ours an hour, if you want the nuts softer, leave it a bit longer.
Turn the mix out into the food processor, add the spices and zest.
Pulse and stir until you get the consistency you want, depending on whether you want a smooth or coarse texture.
Taste-test to see if the balance of spices/zest is right.
When you’re satisfied, spoon the mix into the bowl(s), pressing down with the back of the spoon.
Place in the fridge to set.
And Bob’s your uncle!
(I can’t show you a slice with all the trimmings as this was going straight back in the freezer).
Enjoy the video!
Copyright: Chris McGowan