Let’s be honest. If any food gets a bad rap at Christmastime, it’s fruit cake. Often seen as the doorstops of Christmas, fruit cake is culturally viewed as more of a curse than a gift. We understand why – today’s commercially prepared fruit cakes have fallen far short of the original iteration, which was once served as a delightfully colorful holiday treat.
In an effort to redeem traditional fruit cake, we’ve decided to give you the gift of a not so nasty fruitcake recipe that’s moist, delicious and able to satisfy everyone at your holiday table.
Vegan Fruit Cake Recipe
- 3 oranges
- 1/4 cup natural, cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup pitted dates, chopped into fine pieces
- 1 cup dried pineapple, chopped into fine pieces
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tbsp Flax Seed Meal
- 2 tbsp Apricot Seed Meal
- 8 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the Glaze:
- 1/2 cup apple jelly
- Oil the bundt pan using coconut oil and a dusting of flour.
- Mix the flax seed meal, apricot seed meal, and water together and set aside or 1-2 minutes so that it can gel.
- Juice your 3 oranges until you have roughly 1/2 cup of juice.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- In a large bowl, add the fresh orange juice, cranberry juice, cranberries, dates, raisins, pineapple, pecans, vanilla extract, maple syrup and the thickened flax and apricot seed meal in water and mix until well incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients to the fruit mixture and mix until you have an even batter. Don’t overmix as this could cause your cake to dry out.
- Pour into the prepared bundt pan and knock it on your counter a bit, to ensure your batter is even.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 30 minutes; don’t remove the cake or tip the pan upside down.
- After 30 minutes, remove from the pan and let cool completely.
- Melt the apple jelly in the microwave and drizzle over the top of the cake for a delightfully natural fruit glaze.
Our fruitcake recipe uses healthy ingredients that will nourish your body, helping you stay well in the midst of the bustle of the holiday season. The added flax seed meal (we love the NOW Foods brand) not only gives the fruit cake a delightfully nutty flavor, but is a great source of omega 3s, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber. Additionally, the addition of apricot seed meal (check out the products available from Apricot Power) provides vitamin B17 which may help regulate blood health and boost the immune system.
What’s your favorite fruit-cake recipe? Let us know if you try this recipe for yourself and tell us how it turns out in the comments section below.
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