Today’s recipe is not just a recipe. It’s rather a tradition that my daughter and I have established over the past two years. And we intend to continue this wonderful bonding time for many more holiday seasons to come. She loves baking, and I love helping her little hands cast the spell of deliciousness. Christmas is one of the best times of the year for many children across the world. Reading “The Night Before Christmas” or “The Nutcracker” might always be on top of the list. But nothing beats the mesmerizing and sizzling fragrance of freshly baked Christmas fruit cake and cookies.
This Christmas fruit cake is a favorite in our family. We all enjoy it guilt-free since I make it without refined white sugar. And most importantly, cook it with my little angels. It is easy to make and so healthy that you would want to make it often and not only for Christmas. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, white refined sugar-free and so very tasty. If left over, you can easily store in fridge for upto a week. However, I bet you will finish it within a day or two. Yup….it’s that delicious!You will also like my other Christmas special Double Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. Make sure to try it too!
Why baking is an important Christmas tradition?
Exchanging sweets and gifts is a beloved way of spreading festive cheer. The sight of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows is so very appeasing and inviting around this time. You just want to relax and immerse yourself in utmost fun. And why not? Holidays are for that only. In such a scenario, it is quite natural to catch baking bug. Not only baking is relaxing, but rewarding as well. And that is why it is so common to gift Christmas cakes and cookies to friends and family members. Homemade baked stuff is even better. Because it gives a glimpse of care and affection with which one makes it.
If you are someone who enjoys being in the kitchen, then Christmas becomes the best time to practice baking skills. One can find so much variety in terms of cooking and baking ingredients in the market. My favorite ingredient is ginger and cinnamon powder because these two ingredients are the most important ones. No Christmas baking is complete without these two spices. So make sure to stock up on these two along with many other. Just stay low on table sugar and processed treats!
Share your experiences of cooking this healthy fruit cake, and spread the magic of love. It is the season to be jolly. Enjoy your time as much as you can with all your near and dear ones. Wishing you all Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead!
- 300 gm Oats Flour
- 80 gm Tutti- Fruity
- 40 gm Raisins
- 40 gms Cashewnuts
- 250 ml/1 cup Fresh Orange Juice
- 300 ml Fresh Apple Juice
- 1-2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Cardamom powder
- 1 tsp Nutmeg Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- a pinch Sea Salt
- 40 ml olive oil
- of one orange Orange Zest
- SOAKING ALL THE DRY-FRUITS
- In a large mixing bowl, add tutti-fruity, raisins, cashew nuts/walnuts, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Give a stir. Leave it aside and covered for about 2-3 hours.
- PREPARE CAKE BATTER
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats flour, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, baking powder, and a pinch of sea salt. Mix all dry ingredients and then add olive oil. Then pour in fresh apple juice and whisk constantly. Once whisked, toss in the pre-soaked dry fruits and leftover orange juice. Also, add the zest of an orange for some lovely aroma. Once again, mix all the ingredients in the bowl and then transfer the batter into a greased baking pan.
- Bake it in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius. When the tip of a toothpick or sharp knife comes out clean, then the cake is ready to be enjoyed.
- Make sure to use natural fruit juices squeezed out at home itself to enjoy the fresh fruity taste. In case you don't own a fruit juice appliance like me, then blend in a mixer with very little water and use a sieve or a juice net to squeeze out the fruit pulp. It takes only 5-10 minutes to get this job done.