Sticky date pudding has been a favourite on the desert menu for generations. Laden with sugar and cream, what’s not to love about this deliciously sticky desert?

With a traditional homemade sticky date pudding (with caramel sauce) hiding 482 calories per serve, 178 of those coming from fat, maybe it’s worth a second thought before whipping up Grandma’s family recipe. (1)

My ‘makeover’ version of this traditional favourite will save you 353.1 calories per serve, 169 of those coming from fat! – Without losing that great sticky date flavour.

Serves 10 Per serve With Apples With Walnuts
Energy (Cal/ KJ) 128.9 / 538.8 139.5 / 583.1 156.7 / 655
Carbohydrate 24.8g 27g 24.9g
       Sugar 11.9g 14g 12g
Total Fat 1g 1g 3.7g
     Saturated       fat 0.28g 0.28g 2.9g
Protein 1.9g 1.96g 2.4g
Sodium 16.5g 16.9g 16.5g
Fibre 2.67g 2.67g 26.9g



  • 1 cup of dried dates
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup Self Raising Flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg or Mixed spice

*Optional Toppings

1 Royal Gala Apple, quartered, cored and sliced very thin


¼ cup chopped Walnuts



Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a baking tray with baking paper. Place dates and boiling water in a small bowl.

Place banana, flour, eggs, sugar and vanilla into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add dates (with water) to the food processor and pulse to chop dates and mix. Pour batter into prepared tray.

Arrange optional toppings over the batter if desired (lay apple slices, slightly overlapping) and dust with spices. Bake for 30mins or cooked when tested with a skewer.

Cool in tray, slice and serve with Whipped Ricotta Cream (optional)


*Optional, Whipped Ricotta Cream to serve

¼ cup reduced fat Ricotta

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Method for Whipped Ricotta Cream: Whip all ingredients together.

  • Hmm, lovely take on the traditional =)


  • Thanks for sharing; will give this variation a go.


  • We love sticky date at our house!


  • I have avoided sticky date pudding because it had as many calories as a meal! Love the sound of this modified version : )


  • Still delicious but definitely healthier,.


  • If you called it something else I think I’d try it… but I won’t be able to pass this off to husband as sticky date pudding!


  • A healthier version has to be good.


  • wow that is a lot of fat to remove, but still have a moist and delicious looking desert


  • I love sticky date. So tasty!


  • That is brilliant, definitely making it. More like this please.


  • this looks very different from the normal sticky date pudding


  • Good read thanks for the information


  • I have always loved Sticky Date Pudding! Is one of my faves! This looks like a healthier option so will be trying it for sure!


  • But I really love the bad for you old fashioned one


  • Love this recipe – thanks for sharing


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