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.

6 thoughts on “Lower Calorie Christmas Pudding Recipe

  1. Hello, many thanks for this receipe just one small thing, I cannot seem to get sweet freedom in any of the health food shops near where I am living in the republic of Ireland, I want to ast you if I can use xylitol in the same way in this recepie?
    Many thanks

    1. I believe so, since the only time you can’t cook with Xylitol is when yeast is involved.

      But as Xylitol is a dry ingredient, I imagine you would want to mix it in with the rest of the dry ingredients towards the end rather than whisk it into the eggs.


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