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Mini Christmas puddings

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Bite-sized, healthier version of the traditional Christmas pudding, with fruit and spices.
Serves
24
Prep
10 minutes (+15 minutes to stand)
Cook
15-25 minutes
Each 35g serving contains (excludes serving suggestion)
KCal
96
Carbs
14.70g
Fibre
1.10g
Protein
1.70g
Fat
3.20g
Saturates
0.30g
Sugars
11.60g
Salt
0.01g
Portion Fruit & Veg
0
Ingredients
Ingredients
350g mixed vine fruits
3 dried figs, chopped
6 glacé cherries, chopped
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
pinch ground cloves
250ml boiling water
1 large banana
1 unpeeled apple, grated
75g fine oatmeal
60g ground almonds
25g sunflower seeds
grated zest 1 orange
2 tsp sunflower oil, for oiling
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/ gas 3. Put the mixed fruit, figs, cherries and spices into a bowl. Mix, then add the boiling water, cover and leave to stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mash the banana and mix in the grated apple, oatmeal, ground almonds, seeds and zest.
  3. Next, combine everything together in one bowl, mixing well.
  4. Lightly oil two 12-cup mini bun tins (or simply make 2 batches in the same tin) and place the mixture into the tins.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, depending on the size of the bun tins.
  6. When cooked (they are firm and a knife comes out clean), turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool.
Chefs tips
  • You can use any sized bun tin, just adjust the cooking time accordingly, as larger buns will take longer to cook.
  • These small puddings cook much more quickly and you don't need to steam them, making them ideal for pre-Christmas parties, too.
  • Try topping with nuts or orange slices for super- luxury puddings.
  • Freezing instructions: Defrost in the microwave then steam, microwave, or heat in a moderate oven.
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