Recipe Review: Madeleine Shaw’s Raw Christmas Pudding – (not as planned…)

Vegan  –  Dairy Free  –  Gluten Free  –  Refined Sugar Free  –  Raw

Christmas is all about enjoying the food, fun and festivities with your family and friends! A great way to stay healthy is to make your own versions of traditional Christmas treats. So when we came across this recipe for Madeleine Shaw’s Raw Christmas Pud, we thought this was the perfect alternative to a traditional Christmas pud. Although this recipe didn’t turn out as originally planned, we still ended up with a delicious Christmas treat…!

Madelein Shaw Recipe Review



Madeleine Shaw Raw Christmas Pudding
  • 225g medjool dates
  • 1 orange
  • 170g macadamia nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Tip: We used mixed spice instead of adding cinnamon, ginger and cloves separately and it worked perfectly


  • Cake tin
  • Blender
  • Grater
  • Measuring cups and spoons



The steps for this recipe are super simple – you just blend all your ingredients, pop it in a cake tin and freeze for one hour.

HOWEVER… when we tipped our mixture into our cake tin (just a standard cake-size tin), there wasn’t even enough to make a thin layer to cover the bottom of the tin. We didn’t have enough ingredients to make another batch, so we decided to use what we had and make some raw pud balls instead!

To do this we simply used our hands to roll a tablespoon of the mixture into balls, popped them in some festive cup cases to look the part and put them in the freezer to set for an hour.


10 minutes to make the mixture and put into cake tin + 1 hour (ish) of freezing


15 minutes to make into balls + 1 hour (ish) of freezing

Tip : If you are going to make this into a christmas pud, then we recommended making two or three times the quantity – OR using a mini-sized cake tin.

Madeleine Shaw Raw Christmas Pudding

Mess free recipe… only a little bit of washing up!



This recipe is a super healthy alternative to traditional Christmas pud recipes – free from refined sugar, gluten and any preservatives. They are much lighter option too, making them perfect for snacking during this festive season.


This raw pud recipe smells and tastes just like Christmas!! The mixed spice and orange are just perfect for this festive season.

We think it might have been a blessing in disguise that this recipe didn’t turn out as planned, the texture is PERFECT for energy balls like this – perfectly gooey! We loved the chunks of macademia nut – we made sure we didn’t blend them too much so they added bit of crunch to the texture!

We would suggest using slightly less coconut oil, as the balls felt a little greasy to hold –  reduce the recipe to 1.5 tablespoons instead.

Madeleine Shaw Raw Christmas Pudding


Although the original recipe didn’t work, we think we accidentally #NAILED IT with our raw pud energy balls!

If you are looking for an alternative to Christmas pud for the table at Christmas dinner, then sadly this isn’t the recipe for you. But these balls really are the taste of Christmas and a great healthy, delicious snack to make for your family and friends to snack on during the Christmas period!

Madeleine Shaw Raw Christmas Pudding
Madeleine Shaw Raw Christmas Pudding
Madeleine Shaw Raw Christmas Pudding

Have you tried this Madeleine Shaw recipe? Do you think she #nailedit or #failedit with this recipe? Let us know in the comments!

We would love to see your creations so tag us in your instagram photos @the_health_mix and remember… #nailedit or #failedit?


Check out Madeleine Shaw’s recipe books for more healthy eating ideas:

Madeleine Shaw Raspberry Ripple Bars
Madeleine Shaw Raspberry Ripple Bars
Madeleine Shaw Raspberry Ripple Bars