How to make a four-ingredient Christmas fruit cake

Monday, 20 December 2021
How to make a four-ingredient Christmas fruit cake

Delight everyone's taste-buds at your festive lunches and dinners with this healthy take on a traditional Christmas dessert.


  1. 375g dates or mix of other dried fruit
  2. 3 tbsp. of cocoa mixed into 1 cup hot water
  3. ½ cup Self Raising flour
  4. ½ cup almond meal (if you don’t have almond meal use SR flour)


  • Set oven 180o C
  • Grease and line loaf tin (20 x 10cm base)
  • Soak fruit in the cocoa and water for 2 hours
  • Mix in the flour and/or Almond Meal (Optional add 1/3 cup of chopped nuts)
  • Put into loaf tin and press firmly
  • Bake 30 -35 min in oven
  • Cool in tin 10 mins then cool completely on wire rack.
  • Store in airtight container 3-4 days
  • If desired, serve with a small amount of your favourite spread

Gluten free option

This recipe works very well if you replace the flour with Almond Meal

Just add 1.5 tsp of gluten-free baking soda over the fruit prior to soaking.

This makes the cake higher in protein, lower GI and gluten free.