Healthy Christmas pudding with few ingredients

A Christmas pudding with fruits

Turning a Christmas dessert into a healthy one seems impossible, but it is not. Today we will learn how to make a low-calorie Christmas pudding, with a dairy-free option and a gluten-free option. In the process we will take a few breaks to explain how to make the recipe suitable for vegetarians, vegans and celiacs.

No matter how healthy a sweet is, it will continue to have calories, because let's not fool ourselves, everything has calories, even a tangerine, but what we have to clarify is that a food by itself does not make you fat. What makes us gain weight is our lifestyle and poor diet. A dangerous combination.

The Christmas pudding is a typical sweet of Christmas dates and its tradition dates back to the Victorian era in Great Britain and includes all types of pudding where fruit is used among the ingredients. It used to be served at the end of a large Christmas banquet.

Initially, the original recipe includes 13 ingredients by the Catholic reference to Jesus and the 12 apostles: lemon or orange juice, flour, breadcrumbs, spices, cow kidney fat, large eggs, different dried fruits, honey or molasses, apples, almonds (whole or ground), candied shell, brandy and sugar. What a mix!

Because it's healthy?

To begin with, this recipe is healthy because we use natural, quality ingredients that are good for your health and, on top of that, it complies with the fundamental pillars of our recipes. That is to say, that the ingredients are easy to obtain, are cheap and provide nutrients to our body.

This Christmas pudding only has 5 ingredients and making it is very simple, what is not so simple is getting it down from the 300 kilocalories. The original pudding that is made today respecting, more or less, the 1.790th century recipe reaches XNUMX kilocalories per portion. Seen this way, our option is much healthier, at least it is much lower in sugars and fats.

Another aspect why our Christmas pudding is healthy is because we use 100% whole wheat bread. To identify a good whole wheat bread we have to read the labels, and it must be made with 100% flour, or at least 80%, from there on down it is better to discard it. It must also have extra virgin olive oil, or failing that, high oleic sunflower oil, it must have little salt and little or no sugar.

We will also use milk, skimmed milk is better to reduce total fat and calories, or use vegetable milk, as we will explain in the next section.

In this Christmas pudding recipe, we do not use white sugar as such, but we use erythritol and Stevia, although there are those who use coconut sugar. Erythritol is a very safe and healthy sweetener, along with the famous Stevia. We will also give it a touch with vanilla essence, so it will be healthy and very tasty.

make it vegan

To make a vegan Christmas pudding, you don't need to break your head too much either, at least not with our healthy Christmas pudding recipe. Instead of using skimmed cow's milk, we should use vegetable milk. But watch out for the calories.

For this very Christmas dessert to remain healthy and low in calories, you have to choose a healthy and healthy vegetable milk, and not the ultra-processed ones that are sold in all supermarkets.

To know which vegetable drink we should choose, the first thing to do is read the label. The key is that the main ingredient (oats, rice, nuts, hazelnuts, soy, etc.) has between 10 and 20%. The most common is 15% and then the rest of the ingredients, without forgetting that the list should not exceed 3 ingredients.

A Michelin star version of Christmas pudding

That is, it must have the main ingredient, oats, for example, and then water. That's it. That will be the best non-dairy milk we can buy. As we can see, there are no added sugars, thickeners, additives, dyes, oils, salts, etc. It should be said that the third ingredient and thus up to 5 can be supplements such as B12, vitamin D, calcium, etc.

In this way we will achieve a 100% vegan and vegetarian Christmas pudding, without the need to turn it into an unhealthy dessert, but it is much more likely to be healthier with a vegetable drink without additives than with animal milk.

Gluten-free

We have already anticipated that in our recipe we will use 100% whole wheat bread, but of course, if we are intolerant to gluten, the bread will not suit us, nor should we eat it so as not to cause an allergic reaction in our body.

This is why we can choose gluten-free bread, for them, we can make it ourselves at home or buy gluten-free cornbread and make sure it is 100% wholemeal, also 100% buckwheat bread, millet bread, rice bread , nut bread, etc.

Once we have the selected bread, we just need to continue the recipe as normal. As it is the base of the pudding, we recommend choosing a bread that we like and that we have tried before, so that we know more or less what flavor it will give to this very Christmas dessert.

How to preserve Christmas pudding

We are not in favor of throwing away food, so we always try to help and teach how to keep our recipes for 2 or 3 days in the fridge, but this time things change a little.

Our particular low-calorie Christmas pudding can be kept at room temperature, away from moisture, direct sunlight, dust, and windows.

We can keep it in the fridge, it's true, but keep in mind that we can only reheat it in the microwave a maximum of 2 times. Therefore, it is best at room temperature in an airtight container and then eaten as is or steamed.

There are other ways such as soaking the pudding in alcohol and that lasts a maximum of 2 years, or freezing it for a maximum of 1 year. The first option is high in sugars, calories and everything that keeps us from being healthy, and the second option can be useful if we want to eat Christmas pudding in a few months.

When taking it out of the freezer (any food that we want to defrost) the most recommended thing at a sanitary level is not to defrost it at room temperature, since this sudden change in temperature will reactivate the bacteria and they will begin their decomposition process.

However, if we go from the freezer to the refrigerator, when we put that piece of meat, empanada, cake, fruit, bread or whatever, in the heat of an oven, microwave, toaster, barbecue, etc. the bacteria will die and the food will be safe.


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