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'Guilt-free gourmet' sticky toffee pudding

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 6-8
This gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free version of sticky toffee pudding creates an amazing deep, toffee taste - wickedly good! Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need 6–8 dariole moulds, depending on the size


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and flour the moulds, then line the bases with a disc of oiled parchment paper.

  2. To make the pudding, soak the dates in the boiling water for five minutes, then blend in a food processor until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until well combined.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared moulds (but not right to the top, as they rise quite a bit) and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until they are risen and firm. (You can check they are cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle - if it comes out clean, the pudding is ready.)

  4. Ten minutes before the puddings are ready, make the toffee sauce. Melt the butter, coconut palm sugar, blackstrap molasses and maple syrup in a saucepan over low heat, then simmer for a few minutes. Gradually stir in the soy cream, vanilla extract and salt and bring to the boil for 1–2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Keep warm until ready to serve.

  5. Leave the puddings to cool in their moulds for a few minutes, then turn out onto serving plates. Spoon the toffee sauce over and around with a little extra soy cream to top it off.


For the pudding

  • 225g/8oz dates, pitted and chopped
  • 200ml/7fl oz boiling water
  • 100ml/3½oz rice milk
  • 90g/3¼oz dairy-free butter (such as sunflower spread)
  • 150g/5½oz coconut palm sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 2 tbsp date syrup
  • 180g/6oz gluten-free flour or rice flour, plus extra for flouring the moulds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

For the toffee sauce

  • 100g/3½oz dairy-free butter (such as sunflower spread)
  • 175g/6oz coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 100ml/3½oz maple syrup
  • 230ml/8oz soy cream, plus extra to serve
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

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