Did you know, that during the Christmas period, Aussies gain an extra 0.8 to 1.5 kilograms, on average, just from overeating?
But there is no need to fear the festive season – a healthy Christmas is a lot easier than you think!
The below recipe is a healthy twist on the Christmas pudding, that won’t make you feel guilty when reaching for an extra slice!
Healthy Christmas Cake
|650 g dried fruits – chopped. For that classic Christmas feel, use dates, raisins and apricots||1 whole orange, peeled
|2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
|½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
|¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon bicarb soda
|120 g melted butter (or cold pressed coconut oil or macadamia nut oil)|
|100 g wholemeal spelt flour
|80 g walnuts or almonds (optional)|
|1. 1. Preheat oven to 150°C
2. 2. Combine dried fruits into a large mixing bowl.
3. 3. Crack eggs into a blender.
4. 4. Add the peeled orange, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
5. 5. Blend until smooth and combined.
6. 6. Pour the orange / egg mix over the top of the dried fruits.
|1. 7. Add melted butter then mix in well.
2. 8. Add spelt flour and baking soda and mix through (and almonds and walnuts if used)
3. 10. Line an 18 cm baking tin with baking paper and spoon in the cake mix and flatten over the top.
4. 10. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake is cooked through.
5. 11. Remove from the oven and cool