Tis the season to be jolly and to eat cake! Sugar-free Christmas cake, in fact!
I love Christmas and all the festivities! For some, it brings a sense of overwhelm and anxiousness that is loaded with expectations. And I understand that because I have sat with those feelings before. It all changed once I dropped expectations and decided what the season meant to me. I established boundaries around how I would interact with loved ones and unveiled layers of emotional association with family expectations. I left guilt and shame surrounding what I ate at the door, and guess what … I love the festivities now!
I encourage you to work through what the Christmas season means to you. I encourage you to explore and discover your boundaries on how you want to spend your time, money and interact with loved ones. Spend some quiet time with yourself before it all gets too hectic, and reflect on how you want this Christmas to be. I want you to leave dread, anxiousness, feelings of not being enough, and the pressure of diet culture behind you and make the experience filled with memories that spark joy for you.
Once you are ready, pop on a Christmas tune, grab an eggnog and make my go-to Christmas cake.
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 80 minutes
What you need
650g dried fruits, chopped (dates, raisins, apricots, figs and any other favourites)
1 orange, peeled
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. baking soda
120g coconut oil, melted
100g wholemeal spelt flour
½ cup almonds (or pecans)
What to do
Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).
Line an 18cm (7.5 inch) baking tin with baking paper. Put aside.
Combine the chopped dried fruit in a large mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, orange juice, vanilla extract and spices to a blender and blitz until smooth.
Pour the egg mixture over the dried fruit. Add in the melted coconut oil and mix well.
Add in the flour and baking soda. Gently mix through.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Decorate the top with almonds or pecans.
Place in the preheated oven and bake for 80 minutes. Once cooked, remove the cake from the oven, place it on a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool before serving.
I like to check if the cake at 60 – 70 minutes by inserting a skewer into the centre, and if it comes out clean, it is ready, and I remove it from the oven.
Enjoy the cake with your family and friends. I am confident it will be a hit!
I wish you a happy Christmas and hope you make this festive season your best!
As always, remember your reasons, your health, your mission, and the people you love.
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