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Grain & Gluten Free Christmas Cake - With No Added Sugars

Posted in Nutrition, Recipes

Ah Christmas Cake, love it or hate it, it’s a regular on the table come Christmas day and before we know it the dessert plates are being piled high, sending everyone into a sugar-loaded food coma. Here’s a healthy alternative that’s easier on the waistline won’t leave you reaching for your stretchy pants, have we got the cake for you!

The sugars in this cake come from dried fruit, balanced in part by the fibre content of the whole fruit. Try and select dried fruits that are fruit only don’t have any extra added sugars. This should still be considered a treat food for those who are aiming to reduce sugars and carbs overall.

Ingredients

700g Dried Mixed Fruit

100g Coconut Flour

100g Almond Meal

70g Walnuts

1.5 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 of a Tsp Nutmeg, freshly ground

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

3 Eggs

Zest and Juice from 2 Oranges

100g Mixed Nuts to garnish, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Pecan, Hazelnuts

50g Dried Cranberries to garnish

20g Goji Berries to garnish

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Line the bottom and sides of a cake tin with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, walnuts and orange zest and juice.  In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and add to the dry mix along with the olive oil, stirring well to combine.  

Fold through the Coconut Flour and Almond Meal, and mix well. Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin, and bake for approximately 1 hour.  Test with a skewer to make sure it is cooked through, set aside to cool.

Turn the cake out onto a plate, and garnish with the extra dried nuts, cranberries and goji berries.

As well as nutrition education, Les Mills also creates nutrition products. In line with our philosophies we offer a simple, closer-to-source protein with no added sugars. Check out LES MILLS™ Good Protein here.

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