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Christmas Sticky Toffee Pudding

Meat Free Monday
  • Serves: 6
  • Preparation: 10
  • Cooking: 45
  • Ready: 55

Take the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding to the next level with a festive spice twist!


For the pudding

  • 200 g dates
  • 115 g plant-based butter, and a little extra for greasing the pudding basin
  • 360 ml oat or other plant milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 180 g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the sauce

  • 400 ml coconut cream
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 100 g plant-based butter

To serve

  • plant-based vanilla ice cream (optional)


To make the date pudding

Preheat your oven to 170˚C (160˚C fan)/330˚F (320˚F fan)/gas mark 3 (gas mark 2 fan).

Grease a 1 litre pudding basin with a little plant-based butter.

Cut the dates into 1 cm pieces, removing any seeds, then put them in a saucepan with the plant milk and bring to a simmer. Add the butter, vanilla and brown sugar and simmer until the dates break up (about 5 minutes). You can help them break up with the back of a wooden spoon.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add the date mixture from the saucepan and mix it thoroughly to form a batter.

Put the pudding batter into the greased pudding basin and cover with foil. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

To make the toffee sauce

While the pudding is baking, make the toffee sauce. Add the coconut cream to a small saucepan. (If you can’t find coconut cream, use a tin of coconut milk, but pop this in the fridge for an hour beforehand, then open up and use the solids from the top.)

Melt the coconut cream in with the sugar until the sugar dissolves then add the butter and stir. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken. Serve warm.

To serve

For a festive effect, add a sprig of holly, then pour the sauce over the sticky toffee pudding at the table.

If you like, you can make individual puddings – just portion out the pudding mixture into 6 individual greased pudding basins and bake for 25 minutes.

Additonal notes

Recipe and video created for Meat Free Monday by Louise-Claire Cayzer at The Vegan Larder

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