Saying No to sugar at Christmas

  • 27 Nov 2015
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How can you enjoy Christmas and all its wonderful feasts and treats, without loads of sugar? The answer is surprisingly easy. Here I show you what to eat and drink to be merry without gaining weight and getting back into bad habits.

Christmas dinner itself is a very healthy meal, with lots of vegetables and lean turkey. It’s the ‘extras’ from mince pies, Christmas pudding, cranberry sauce, mulled wine and chocolate delights that increase the sugar levels. Here’s how to make your own - equally delicious but all low GL. Have fun making these with friends and family.

Sugar-free Christmas Pudding

christmas pudding

This delicious pudding is proof that you don’t have to deprive yourself over Christmas. The fruit lends it a natural sweetness and a gloriously gooey texture. It is wheat and sugar free, and can be easily adapted for those with a dairy or gluten intolerance.

Makes 1 x 1 3/4 pint pudding; serves 8

Ingredients

  • 450g/16oz dried mixed fruit (go for organic and check that there is no added sugar)
  • 80g/3oz breadcrumbs (use rye bread if you cannot eat wheat, or millet, brown rice or quinoa flakes if you are gluten intolerant – available from health food stores)
  • 80g/3oz ground almonds
  • 40g/1.5oz chopped nuts (pecans, almonds and hazelnuts work well)
  • 80g/3oz butter (or dairy free alternative) (for those watching their waist lines, use only 40g/1.5oz butter plus a mashed banana)
  • 1 medium Bramley apple, chopped finely
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of one orange (or 3 tbsp brandy if you are feeling decadent)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Half tsp grated nutmeg
  • Half tsp mixed spice
  • Half tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Mix together the dried fruit, nuts and breadcrumbs (or flakes), and rub in butter.
  2. Add the chopped apple and fruit juice.
  3. Beat eggs well and stir into the mixture with the spices.
  4. Add any lucky coins (well wrapped in greaseproof paper – not aluminium foil – to prevent metal poisoning).
  5. Place in a buttered 1 3/4 pint pudding basin and make a cover with 3 layers of greaseproof paper.
  6. Steam for 4 hours and a further hour when you ......
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