Do-It-Yourself Christmas Hamper to be won

You choose what goes into your Christmas Hamper
You choose what goes into your Christmas Hamper

Do-It-Yourself Christmas hamper to be won
GoodnessDirect do make exceedingly good hampers. We pride ourselves on the fantastic hamper service we offer. Not only at Christmas time, but all year round we will take the goods you order and gift wrap them for you, write an accompanying card with your message, and deliver your surprise goodies as a gift to your friends or family. You can even choose whether you would like your gift in a hamper basket, a jute draw string ‘duffle’ type bag, a cardboard gift box, or if it is small, just gift wrapped. If you would like to choose your hamper contents for up to a certain value, we do that too. What could be easier?

What a fantastic service it is! We get great feedback and are quite proud of ourselves. So it isn’t too late to send that gift that you just didn’t know what to give, or how to get it there. Leave it to us. Last orders for delivery before Christmas need to be placed by 11.00am on the 17th December.

We are giving away a Do-It-Yourself hamper
To join the prize draw just email me with your address and if you would be selecting any particular special diet foods. If you win, you get to select your own goodies to go in your hamper. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 16th, so you will have your prize in time for Christmas. Maybe you should select your goods ready, just in case…after all, someone has got to win and it could be you.

Lower Calorie Christmas Pudding Recipe

Sugar free Christmas pudding recipe
Sugar free Christmas pudding recipe

Try this No Added Sugar version of Christmas Pudding, no one will even guess that you have done anything different except maybe compliment the chef.  However it does mean you will have used a sweetener that is low on the Glycemic index and has 25% fewer calories than sugar, so you can secretly feel a little virtuous as everyone tucks into their Christmas pud.  The sweetener in question is Sweet Freedom, made from 100% fruit, available in both mild and rich varieties and suitable to replace sugar all the time.

‘No added sugar’ Christmas Pudding

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 3 – 4 hours
Serves:  6 – 8

1 large carrot, grated
120g ready-to-eat dried prunes, pitted, chopped
120g ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped
300g mixed raisins, currants and sultanas
1 [V00765 orange, grated zest only
1 [V00198 lemon, grated zest only
100g olive oil based spread or butter
3 tbsp / 75g Freedom
2 free range eggs, beaten
1 tsp baking powder, this one is gluten free or the Allergycare one is suitable for multiple intolerances.
75g ground almonds
100g porridge oats
1 tbsp ground mixed spice
200ml Guinness

  • Mix together the carrot, prunes, apricots, raisin mixture and grated orange and lemon zest and set aside.
  • Melt the olive oil spread / butter gently in a pan over a low heat and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl beat together the SWEET FREEDOM and the eggs.
  • Stir in the fruit mix, the olive oil spread / butter and all the remaining ingredients, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Spoon into a 900g / 2lb pudding basin, cover with a pleated piece of greaseproof paper (or foil) and secure with string.
  • Steam for 3 – 4 hours, ensuring that the pan does not boil dry.  *If you have a slow cooker put the pudding basin in and fill with water until it is about ¾ of the way up the side of the basin and cook for 6 hours.