Sticky Date Pudding

sticky date pudding

My man, my love, my best friend. You are going through an awful time right now, beyond anything I can even attempt to comprehend, beyond anything I have the courage to imagine. I feel so useless. There is nothing I can do or say to make this any easier for you.

It has left me reflecting on our time together. Remember when we first kissed? When it all started? Neither of us had a  worry in the world. Life was easy. There were no trials or tribulations. Just fun, laughter, beer and Johnny Cash.

Remember those ridiculously late Friday nights when the two of us would sit on the couch and ramble until the early hours of the morning? Your friends would come knocking for a game of golf the next day and you would drag yourself out of bed. I would be  muddling my way through work, serving customers, smiling and counting down the hours until I could hit the couch again! Thankfully Saturday nights were (mostly) a little tamer.

I have been thinking about when I first met your parents. Do you remember that? I was so nervous! I didn’t sleep all night and then, when we finally saw them I had that crazy moment where I completely zoned out!! I know you noticed, I am not sure if anyone else did. There was no reason to be so scared, your folks have been nothing but warm, friendly and inviting. Joining your family has been a privilege and one I am very thankful for.

It is fair to say that since our nights feasting on Japanese banquets and you chasing boys away from me at nightclubs a lot has happened. We have had some rough times, there have been a few mountains to climb, but with every one we are closer. We have stuck together through some difficult circumstances and it has only enhanced who we are to each other. I drive you crazy most days, and I know you have been left shaking your head and wondering how on Earth we came to be on more than one occasion. But I also know you love me!!! You crazy man, and I love you. I wish I could take away the pain. I can’t. I can only love you. I can only tell you that I am always here, hanging around or getting out of the way, whichever one you need me to do. Wouldn’t it be great to roll back to those easier times? If only to hold onto them, to appreciate them, to enjoy them and imprint them to our memories knowing full well that they will not last forever.

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Sticky Date Pudding

1 apple, chop into quarters, core removed (mine weighed 120 grams but I am not to pedantic about these things)

10 medjool dates, seeds removed

1 cup pecans

1 tablespoon of coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Caramel Sauce

1 tin of coconut milk (270 ml or just over 1 cup)

3 medjool dates, seeds removed

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease a muffin tray, I made four puddings.

Start making your sauce. Pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan, add the dates, bring to the boil then gently simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla. The dates will be fairly broken down, I do not worry about blending it but you can if you want too.

While the sauce is simmering make your puddings.

Place the dates and apple into you blender and pulse, add the nuts and pulse again, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth and well combined. I am sure you could add all the ingredients at once. However, how I have written it is how I made them. Spoon the mixture into the muffin moulds and bake for 20 minutes.

Leave the puddings to cool for 5 minutes prior to removing from the muffin tray.

Place the puddings onto your serving plate, top with the sauce and enjoy!

 

  • Kerri

    Yippee!! I was just hoping you had posted this recipe! Can’t wait to make it. Hope all is well with your husband. What a beautiful post :)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  • Lisa

    Looks delicious – I wonder how you do the caramel sauce in thermie???

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      If you test it out I am sure many people would love to see the conversions?

  • Maureen

    Hope all turns out well for you both.Keep us posted please.Love your recipes and advice.

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. x

  • Danielle

    How many does this recipe make? Planning to make them for my birthday tomorrow and I have 12 of us!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      I made 4 but could have easily made 6 or even 8, I think 8 in mini muffin moulds would be lovely, but 6 is still a decent size serve, perhaps do 6 and double it. I hope that helps. Bianca

  • Lauralee

    This is seriously AMAZING! Delicious, quick and easy. Thanks for sharing :)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate you writing. I am glad you like it. x

  • Ash

    I can’t eat pecans but can eat all other nuts. What nut would be the best to substitute for the pecans?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      You can really try anything that you like, even a mix. Cashews and macadamias might be nice.

  • Rach_the_vego

    Would it work without the coconut flour or could I sub for desiccated coconut or something else? I am looking fw to proving to my brother that it is possible to make this dessert without all the refined sugar and fat he put in the one he made last week!

    • Rach_the_vego

      right….well I made them with the following tweaks….Have frozen for friday as I figure they will be fine. I doubled the recipe which made 9 standard muffins worth – I lined them with muffin patty pans rather than spraying. I doubled the coconut flour and subbed that for coconut (descicated). I used one fuji apple and one pear instead of 2 apples. I doubled (quadrupled cos double recipe) dates as I have normal dried ones and not mejool.Will let you know how they go but they smelled great. The sauce tasted nice and not over sweet – yay. I am going to make some banana based icecream to go with it I think.

      • Rach_the_vego

        These were great – kids didn’t like which meant we got left overs :) Sauce went a long way. Still have some left to go with my stewed rheubarb or put in rice pudding maybe!

      • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

        Perfect! Thank you. I have read your end result and I am glad they worked well. Thanks again for all of the feedback, I really appreciate it and I am sure others will too.

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      I think it would work with out but you can add a little almond meal if you like? Coconut would be lovely too. I hope you and your Brother enjoy them. x

  • Teagan

    Absolutely loved these. Thanks so much!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you!! I am glad you enjoyed them. I appreciate the feedback. x

  • Kat

    Hi – Made this last night but doubled the qtys and substituted 50% of pecans with cashews. Also added a dash of maple syrup over the top of each before serving alongside the caramel sauce. All the tweaks worked out. Great recipe for a cold winters night! Thanks for sharing!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad you have enjoyed the recipe. The tweaks sound delicious. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x