A warming winter dessert makeover: less fat, sugar and kilojoules, yet still incredibly tasty.


  • oil spray

  • 100g pitted dates

  • 1⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 tbs apple sauce

  • 2 tsp oil

  • 1⁄3 cup firmly packed brown sugar (or Equal Baking)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1⁄4 cup wholemeal flour

  • 1⁄4 cup plain flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1⁄4 cup apple juice

  • 15g crystallised ginger, finely chopped

  • 2 tbs golden syrup

  • 1 tbs dark rum (optional)

  • low-fat Greek yoghurt


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180°C.

  • 2.

    Spray 2 x 180ml (3⁄4-cup) capacity ovenproof ramekins with oil.

  • 3.

    Process dates in a food processor until smooth.

  • 4.

    Add dates to a bowl with bicarbonate of soda and 300ml boiling water and stir to combine.

  • 5.

    Set aside for 10 minutes.

  • 6.

    Blend apple sauce, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy.

  • 7.

    Sift together flours and baking powder and gently fold through wet mixture.

  • 8.

    Add date mixture and mix well to combine.

  • 9.

    Spoon into prepared dishes.

  • 10.

    Bake for 25–30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean.

  • 11.

    Set aside in the pans to cool for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool slightly.

  • 12.

    Meanwhile, to make sauce, place apple juice, ginger, syrup and rum in a small saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil.

  • 13.

    Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15–20 minutes or until reduced to a thick syrup.

  • 14.

    Drizzle sauce over each pudding and serve with yoghurt.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 1257kj
  • Fat Total 15g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Protein 18g
  • Carbohydrate 271g
  • Sugar 154g
  • Sodium 895mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Replace flour with gluten-free flour mix. If egg-free, increase apple sauce to 1⁄2 cup.

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