Sticky Date in a Mug – Dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free

I was talking to a friend towards the end of last term and I was asking her what she was looking forward to most about her upcoming amazing European holiday with the kids. She told me… no lunch boxes, no cooking, no washing dishes and no grocery shopping. You really don’t get a break from all of that when living with severe food allergies… there is no eating in restaurants for Oliver with the allergens he has to contend with… While away on holidays we normally stay in an apartment so that we can cook and prepare our meals in a safe environment. We recently started to go to the snow… to a special lodge that we have found that caters breakfast and dinner and there is no access to the kitchen (which would normally be my heaven). Initially we thought that this would be a problem but it has actually turned out to work in our favour. These holidays I pre prepared all of Oliver’s meals. We have access to a microwave so I knew that I could safely re heat all his meals. And by having my other son, my husband’s and my meals prepared to gourmet levels… meant that I really felt like I also had a holiday! It was amazing! Plus… and this is the BIG plus… ALL the dishes were done for us 🙂 HEAVEN!!

One of the favourite desserts that our gorgeous chef makes is sticky date pudding. I always try and match some of the meals for Oliver with the meals that the other kids will be getting. The chocolate self-saucing pudding is one that I have created previously to match in with the lodge desserts and this trip Oliver really was hoping for Sticky Date Pudding like all the other kids. We have managed to get this recipe to a stage that Oliver loves but we are still tweaking it to make it perfect…

Sticky Date Pudding in a Mug


2 dates, roughly chopped

1 ½ Tbsp Boiling Water

¼ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

1 Tbsp Nuttelex

1 ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp SR wheat-free Flour

1 Tbsp apple puree

Basic Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Nuttelex

1 tsp Dairy-free milk


In a mug place the chopped dates and water. Place in microwave for 50 sec until the dates have softened. Add the Bicarbonate of soda and let the mixture sit for 30 sec and watch the science go to work. The kids love this part 🙂 Mash roughly with a fork. Add the Nuttelex and place again in the microwave for 10-15 secs until melted. Add the sugar, flour and apple puree and mix to combine thoroughly. Place in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes. Depending on the microwave it may need 10 secs more or less. For some reason the mix might become a greenish colour at this stage. Again this is science at work 🙂 We think that it’s the bicarbonate of soda oxidizing with the apple puree? Once cooled slightly it loses that colour somewhat.

Basic Caramel Sauce: 

In an ovenproof ramekin add the brown sugar, Nuttelex and dairy-free milk. Stir and place in the microwave for 40 seconds. Remove, stir and repeat this process until you have a caramel like substance. Drizzle over the sticky date cup and enjoy!

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