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Chocolate, Date and Walnut Pudding. Gluten Free and Low Fat too!

9 Aug


Due to my coeliac disease I am always on the look out for interesting and easy puddings.  I am definitely no domestique goddess when it comes to baking so the simpler the better.  I recently came across this recipe which I played about with a bit to make it gluten-free. It also contains only 1.15g of saturated fat per portion. It is sooooooo yummy, especially with some low-fat custard.

You will need:

Low fat spread for greasing

1 tbsp/15g chopped walnuts

2 tbsp/25g chopped dates

1 egg separated, plus one egg white

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp castor sugar

3 tbsp Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (check it is gluten-free)

2 tbsp skimmed milk

low-fat custard to serve (optional)


1.  Preheat oven to 180 degrees/350f and grease a 2 pint pudding basin. Cover the bottom of the pudding basin with a circle of grease-proof paper.

2.  Place chopped walnuts and dates into the basin

3.  Put egg yolk, vanilla and sugar into a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of hot water. Whisk the mixture until it thickens.

4.  Sift the flour and cocoa into the mixture and gently fold in. Add the milk and keep folding .

Whisk the egg whites until stiff and then fold these gently into the mixture.

5.  Put the mixture into your greased pudding basin and bake for around 40 mins until well risen and pretty firm on top. Run a knife around the edge as soon as you take it out of the oven or it will stick to the bowl.  Transfer to a serving bowl. Best served straight out of the oven whilst lovely and warm but just as yummy cold. Top with some low-fat, gluten-free custard for a real indulgent treat!

If you have any other gluten-free recipes, I would love to hear them so please do share in the comments below.



Gluten-free eating take two.

22 Oct
Cooking gluten-free shortbread cookies.

Image via Wikipedia

For those of you who read my earlier post on  Coeliac disease the results are finally in.  Apparently I do still have confirmed Coeliac disease.   When you think that I have had this all my life it shouldn’t be such a disappointment – it’s not like I don’t know what I can and can’t eat.  The trouble is, after coming off my diet for 6 weeks (in order to be retested) I have now sampled all those yummy treats that I thought I would never try.  I am of course talking about all those really fattening things that don’t do you any good anyway.  Pasties, cakes, buns, pizza – did I mention cakes?

For the six weeks that I was eating ‘normal foods’ I felt like mealtimes were so much easier in our house,  I didn’t have to cook two different types of pasta and it was so much easier to get something out of the freezer that we could all eat if I was in a rush.  Now it seems to have gone back to where cooking is a chore rather than something that should be enjoyed.

People always ask me if I had any side effects from eating all that gluten.  Well, the honest answer is no, not really.  My tummy did get very bloated but not uncomfortably so.  I didn’t get any pain and no obvious um…  tummy problems at either end!  Part of me wondered if it was worth sticking to a gluten-free diet when I wasn’t having major symptoms but after speaking to my GP and reminding myself of the long-term implications I know that it is the best thing to do.

One of the other things I will miss about being able to eat gluten is baking with my daughter.  When I wasn’t following a gluten-free diet we were baking all the time because it was so much easier.  Have you ever tried making gluten-free pastry – what a nightmare!  Of course we do still do the odd bit of baking but it’s not the same when you can’t actually eat what you’ve made.

Does anyone else follow a gluten-free diet?  Perhaps we could share some tips and recipes?

For more information of Coeliac Disease, visit the Coeliac website