Healthy Fruit Cake Recipe

Healthy Fruit Cake

Healthy Fruit Cake Recipe

I was asked by my friend if I had a recipe for a healthier Christmas Fruit Cake.

For me, chocolate, orange and mixed spice ooze the taste of Christmas, so I adapted my eggless, fatless Fruit Cake recipe by adding cocoa powder and orange liqueur.

You can check out that recipe here Get Sugar Wise for Weight Loss.

So what makes this Christmas Fruit Cake healthier?

Nutritional Bites

Well, cutting out butter, no eggs and not adding sugar to this recipe is naturally going to save you some calories and cut back on saturated fat.

1 cup of butter is over 1,600 calories.

Cutting out the eggs and butter also makes this a vegan cake recipe.

And I used wholemeal flour instead of white.

Even though you aren’t adding sugar, dried fruit is high in natural sugar, so I suggest you don’t eat a large slice.

Remember portion control is a great tool to help you stick with some of your healthy eating goals during the festive season.

The ground almonds are a source of fat, but the healthier kind.

The Recipe

Easy Fruit Cake

A Christmas fragrance subtly takes over your kitchen as you gently bring the mix of dried fruit, orange juice, zest, cocoa powder, spices and Grand Marnier to the boil.

The sweetness in this cake comes from the dried fruit and the liqueur. I used Grand Marnier, but you can replace this with your favourite liqueur or use water or more fruit juice instead.

This cake is a little heavy and won’t rise to any great heights. My baking tin was 22cms x 7cm deep but using a smaller cake tin, say 20cm x 9cm will give your cake a bit more height.

That said, it is a delicious rich-tasting Fruit Cake. And seriously a small slice is sweet and satisfying.

Though to make it look festive you may have to work some magic. Unless you choose to ice it but as I wanted to save calories and cut the sugar content down, I didn’t attempt that.

I sprinkled it with icing sugar and dug out some decorations from last year’s Christmas Fruit Cake.

I’d love to see how you managed to pretty this cake up. Post a picture of yours on Nutrilicious Ladies Facebook Page.

Lucy x

Easy Fruit Cake

 

 

 

 

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Healthy Fruit Cake Recipe
A rich filling Fruit Cake.
Healthy Fruit Cake
Course Cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time hours
Passive Time ½ hour
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Course Cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time hours
Passive Time ½ hour
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Healthy Fruit Cake
Instructions
  1. Put the dried fruit, dates, mixed spice, cocoa powder, liqueur, orange juice, zest and water in a large saucepan and gently bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, then take it off the heat and let it stand for 30 minutes
  3. After 30 miutes add the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and give the mixture a good stir being careful to separate any flour lumps
  4. Pour the mixture into a prepared cake tin (poling any raisins/sultanas below the mixture) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 150C/gas mark 2 for 1¼ hours.
  5. Put the cake tin on a wire wrack to cool. Once cool take it out of the tin. (Some of the currents on the top may be a little burnt but you can remove these.)
Recipe Notes

 

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