Sticky toffee apple pecan puddings
All my favourite autumn flavours in one delicious pudding. With nutritious simple flavoursome ingredients. Vegan, and easily gluten free if you like.
Best made in advance to soak up the sauce!
- PUDDING INGREDIENTS
- 175g dates
- 80ml apple juice + 60ml water
- 50g pecans
- 1 tbsp brandy or apple liquor (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 150g apple puree
- 3 tbsp good quality maple syrup
- 100g self raising wholemeal flour (or use oat flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
- SAUCE INGREDIENTS
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 175ml of full fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp black treacle
- 55g dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp brandy or apple liquor (optional)
- 30 minutes ahead chop the dates roughly and soak in the apple juice & water in a large mixing bowl or food processor bowl
- Turn the oven to 160 / 140 fan. Grease 6 small pudding bowls or ramekins with coconut oil or butter.
- Add the apple puree & pecans, then whizz with a handblender / food processor.
- Add all the other ingredients for the sponges and mix well by hand.
- Pour into the 6 pudding moulds, then bake for 25 minutes but check after 20 as you don’t want these overdone.
- While these bake, in a small saucepan mix all the sauce ingredients and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for about 5—10 minutes, until it darkens and thickens.
- When the puddings are cooked, leave for 5 minutes in the tin. Pour some sauce into individual serving bowls & serve immediately, or 1 large flat serving dish if eating later. Run a knife around the edge of each , then turn out. Cover with more sauce and leave to cool. Gently reheat in a warm oven or microwave, with extra pecans, when ready.
40 mins + 30 mins soaking
A comforting autumn treat
Apples—Research shows apples are great for the gut & aiding digestion, reducing cholesterol due to their high pectin, helping with cancer prevention, & appetite control. Apples are cleansing & wonderful for the immune system.
Pecans provide 1 of the highest sources of unsaturated fatty acids. Also a good source of potassium, zinc & B vitamins as well as being high in fibre.
Dates are a healthier replacement to sugar in baking. Though still high in (natural) sugar, the effect of this is moderated by the fibre contained. Dates are satiating & so can help with weight control. They also contain nutrients like potassium, zinc & selenium which refined sugar does not.