I know buying a traditional Christmas pudding is so much easier, but here at the Natural store we’re always so disappointed with how calorific and unhealthy they tend to be. Traditionally, a Christmas pud will contain alcohol, sugar, eggs and suet…
So we set about creating our own nutritious vegan version using Chia seeds, almonds and oats. Without compromising on anything- it’s good to look at, low in saturated fats, full of goodness, soft, moist and delectable.
We hope you like it!
- 5tbsp Organic Rolled oats
- 2 Heaped tbsp. Whole wheat flour ( Spelt or Emmer wheat flour as alternatives)
- 2tbsp Ground almond
- 2tbsp Organic Chia seeds soaked in ½ cup warm water
- ¼ Cup Organic raisins soaked in ¼ cup warm water
- 1 Small banana
- 1tbsp Liquid blackstrap molasses
- ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp Baking powder
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Zest of one lemon
- Zest of one clementine
- Pinch of salt
- Oil to brush
- Soak raisins and chia seeds for at least 45 minutes. This is especially important to make them easier to digest (thus receiving an immediate release of nutrients to the system)*Read more below.
- Heat some water in conventional steamer
- Brush 855ml pudding basin with oil.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Blend banana and soaked raisins together. Pour this to a large measuring cup. Add soaked chia seeds and liquid blackstrap molasses to it. Stir to combine.
- Pour wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and combine well with dry ingredients. Put the mixture into greased basin and cover with double layered aluminium foil. Secure tightly with a piece of string around mouth of pudding basin. Cover with lid and place it in the top of lidded steamer. Reduce the heat to simmer and steam for 3 ½ hours. Check the water level in the steamer regularly.
- Once it is cooked, remove the pudding basin from the steamer carefully. Let it cool a bit and serve immediately or cool completely and keep it refrigerated. Reheat by steaming for an hour before serving.
*Chia Seeds: High in protein content and high fibre content (38% of their entire nutritional content), lots of good fats and omega 3 fatty acids (21% of their nutritional content comes from these alone), and a good dose of lignans (phytonutrients that attack free radicals). When sprouted, soaked, or sprouted then soaked, chia seeds become most easily digestible. Once gelatinous, they are not only in their healthiest form, but also easy to put into shakes, mixes, and more.
Some studies have also discovered the ability of chia seeds to “positively influence the thyroid gland.” The thyroid regulates energy levels, body weight, and hormone sensitivity. Chia seeds can have a tremendous, natural, and direct impact on reversing symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
All the ingredients listed above can be found in the Falmouth store, and most except the fresh fruit from Helston & St.Austell stores!