The Sunday before Advent is also known as Stir-Up Sunday. It’s the day that Christmas Puddings are traditionally made so that they have a few weeks to mature before Christmas Day. Filled with fruit, spices, and a often liberal dash of alcohol, a traditional Christmas Pud is a major part of many Christmas family feasts.
Cooking for loved ones with different dietary needs can feel daunting at Christmas, but it doesn’t have to be. Making a Free-From Christmas Pudding really is a piece of cake!
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite free-from recipes so you can really bring your best to the table.
Dairy Free * Egg Free * Nut Free * Gluten Free * Vegan
If you’ve been looking for a traditional Christmas Pudding that everyone can eat, you’ve just found it! This recipe even includes the all important ‘stir in a Christmas wish’ step that many recipes forget, but as we all know that step makes a Christmas Pudding much more authentic. There are no special ingredients (besides the Christmas wish), so you should be able to find everything in your local supermarket. Even if you’ve never made a Christmas Pudding before, you should have no trouble making this one!
Dairy Free * Egg Free * Gluten Free * Vegan
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of steaming a traditional Christmas Pud for several hours, this recipe is for you! In fact it’s so quick and easy, it can even be made on the day. The only thing to bear in mind is that it uses Gravy Browning, so if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, make sure you have a gluten-free version on hand. A quick search on the free Spoon Guru app turned up at least 5 brands that will be suitable for this, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find.
Dairy Free * Egg Free * Gluten Free * Vegan * Paleo
While many traditional Christmas Puddings are steamed and served warm, these single-serve puddings are refrigerated instead. Packed with dried fruit, spices, and ground almonds, these not only look fantastic, but will save you a fair bit of time as well. Before you click through to the recipe, note that it uses lucuma powder in the topping. This is a sugar substitute similar to stevia and other store-bought sweeteners, so if you can’t find it don’t worry – just swap it out. If you want to make it vegan, switch the honey with agave syrup or a similar plant-derived alternative.
Dairy Free * Egg Free * Nut Free * Vegan
There are very few desserts that cannot be improved with the addition of chocolate, and Christmas Pudding is no exception! This great twist on a traditional Christmas Pudding looks fantastic and keeps for around 6 weeks, making it a great free-from recipe to make on Stir-Up Sunday!