Recipe: Festive Christmas cake

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond meal
1 cup dried dates
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon orange zest
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chia seed
½ cup water
½ cup chopped prunes
½ cup chopped apricots
½ cup chopped figs
½ cup chopped brazil nuts
½ cup orange juice

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees celsius and line a square cake tin with baking paper. To start, soak the chia seeds in the ½ cup of water and set aside. In a separate bowl soak the prunes, apricots and figs in the ½ cup of orange juice.

In a food processor place the almond meal and dried dates, process until finely ground down and combined. Add the other dry ingredients including the coconut flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, orange zest and salt. Process together until combined. In a small bowl whisk the eggs, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and soaked chia seeds. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and blitz in the processor until combined.

Finally add the fruit that has been soaking in the liquid juice/rum and the brazil nuts. Mix gently to combine the nuts and fruit into the cake mixture. Scrape the mixture into the cake tin and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove the loaf from the oven allow to cool down.

Makes 20 Slices
Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 40 minutes

TIP: This cake is perfect any time of year not just at Christmas time! It makes a wonderful gift if you wrap and decorate it with festive ribbon.

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