Thursday, 30 June 2016

NATURALLY SASSY'S GUILT-FREE STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

I struggle to find the time to get in the kitchen and bake. It's something I've always loved doing, but if it isn't someone's birthday, then I just don't really make cakes anymore. But my family are obsessed with desserts, so when I went home last weekend, my mum showed me her new favourite book, and asked if I'd make this sticky toffee pudding.
The book is called Naturally Sassy, and it's written by Saskia Gregson-Williams - this really amazing health and food blogger. So this book has got a ton of healthy recipe ideas - from sweet to savoury. If you like the look of this one then you can pick up a copy of her book for around £15 from Amazon. I really recommend it.


This simple and yummy sticky toffee pudding is made of healthy ingredients, but it still has that classic melty texture. If you fancy learning how to make it then have a scroll down below. Since I'm not one for following directions precisely, this isn't her EXACT recipe, but it's worked for me! If you want her full step by step then do pick up the book.


WHAT YOU NEED

Coconut oil, for greasing
90g medjool dates, pitted and chopped up small
120ml water
120ml rice milk (I used almond though)
150g rolled oats
3 tbsp cashew butter
4 tbsp honey
2 tbsp water

You'll also need to heat the over to around 190°, or 170° fan, and grease a 15cm square (I could only find a round one!) baking dish with the coconut oil.


// STEP 1 //
Weigh out 90g of dates. Mine came to 96, and it's okay to be a little over. Remove their pips then cut them up into small pieces. The smaller they are, they quicker they cook and melt.


// STEP 2 //
Put the dates into a sauce pan, then pour over the rice or almond milk and the 120ml of water. Leave to come to the boil, then reduce the heat a little. You want to leave them until the dates have melted into the liquid, to form a sticky brown mix.


// STEP 3 //
While you're waiting for your dates to boil, measure out your oats and set them to the side.


// STEP 4 //
When the date mix is looking thick and gooey, pour in the oats and combine it all. It should be thick, but if it's so thick that you can't easily mix it all in, then add in a bit more milk, to make it more pliable. Careful though, you want it to hold together without going runny! Put it in the heated oven for 20 minutes.


// STEP 5 //
While your base is cooking, mix up the topping. Put the almond butter in a mixing bowl, then stir in the water and the honey. Add the water a little at a time, so that the sauce doesn't split. 


// STEP 5 //
Take the base out and pour the sauce over the top, then put it back in the oven for another 5 or 10 minutes.

Take it out and cut it up into serving sizes. It should feed around 6 people. Or in my family, just my brother!



This is best served hot, and fresh from the oven. I love it with a spoonful of greek yogurt and an extra drizzle of honey - but you can eat it just as it comes. My other tip is to make a little bit extra sauce - because it's so good, everyone will want to pour some more on!

Will you give this a go this weekend? Let me know how you get on, and if you love it too! x



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  1. This sounds amazing and actually pretty easy! Can't wait to try! Steph x
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