Date Pudding

Date Pudding Vegan

This date pudding is a very rich treat that is fabulous as breakfast, a snack, or dessert.  Unlike some date puddings I have encountered, it does not rise much.  But it certainly has boatloads of taste, density, and stickiness- especially if you stack them like pancakes.  Even though it seems like a lot of steps to arrive at this pudding, it is not a difficult recipe.  I made it for breakfast, before having my usual pot of coffee… and it still turned out miraculously well.  A great start to a chilly day.

Date Pudding

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup softened Earth Balance margarine
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground flaxseed meal mixed with 4 tbsp water- microwaved in 18 second increments three times- stirring each time

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 12 cup standard size muffin pan (although this much batter really only makes 9).

Bring the dates and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking powder.  Let cool about 5 minutes.  Put mixture into a food processor or blender, and puree.  Set aside.
Cream the Earth Balance with the confectioner’s sugar and add prepared flaxseed.  Stir in flour and then date mixture until blended.

Scoop batter into nine of the prepared muffin cups- about 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for 25 minutes.  While puddings are baking,  make the sauce.

For sauce:

Add sugar, non-dairy milk and Earth Balance to saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reads 230 degrees, or about 7 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Once puddings have finished baking, remove from oven and let cool about ten minutes. Remove puddings from muffin pan and place, bottom side up, on very lightly greased cookie sheet.  Spoon a tablespoon of the sauce mixture on top of puddings and return to oven for 5 more minutes.

To serve… pour some sauce on a plate, put pudding on top, and pour sauce over pudding.  Sprinkle with powder sugar.

date pudding

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5 Responses to Date Pudding

  1. allyson says:

    Thanks so much for your knowledge Kim! I haven’t even heard of those kinds- guess I am a date novice…. ;)

    I’m right there with you on the obsession… just responding to this makes me crave them.
    I hope you enjoy… the stuff is really really good

  2. kim g. says:

    This looks SO GOOD! I just recently discovered dates (and am now obsessed), so I can’t wait to try these!

    Also, I’ve used both Empress and Honey dates in baking if that helps at all with what kind of dates to use. The woman at the farmers’ market stand where I buy them recommend those kinds for use in baked goods.

  3. Michele says:

    i love dates in baked goods but never know what kind of date to use — and I live near the grower of 95% of U.S. dates! What do you use? thanks.

    • allyson says:

      Hi Michele

      Lucky you living so close to all those dates! I am not exactly sure what type of date I use.. I know its fresh, but not sure of the variety. In my town, I was thrilled to see that my grocery store started carrying dates in the produce section… this was very recently. They honestly have them labeled as “fresh dates”. :)

      I know, not very helpful for any of us. ;) it is a large- deep golden brown with thin wrinkly skin and a super sticky inside. I do know its a “soft” date of some sort- (having had the “dry” and “semi-dry” in the past)

      … and the ones I use are kind of pricey— in Ohio, $7.50/pound– I am guessing Medjool, as they are divine.

      But, I would assume that just using a fresh, large, sticky date of whichever variety you can get your hands on would work well in this recipe and others. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

      But thanks for asking such a great question- I will inquire next time I am in the produce section of my grocery store!

  4. Date pudding is one of my all time FAVORITE desserts! Really, I have never made it myself but a good friend of mine will make it every time I visit and ohhh my gosh….that is just no comparison to how luscious and moist it is! Can’t wait to try your recipe, thank you!