Chocolate self saucing pudding
27th September 2009

Chocolate self saucing pudding

By Kate Photography by Adam

Chocolate self saucing pudding is synonymous with the Kiwi Sunday roast. Easily pre-prepared and banged into the oven as the roast comes out, I imagine it’s kept many a farmer happy after a hard day’s yakka.

For me personally it is on my all time favourite list, not a complicated or particularly gracious dessert by any means but served with vanilla ice cream the crunchy outer layer giving way to moist pudding swallowed in sauce, it’s heaven in a spoonful I tell you.

So you can imagine my disappointment and frustration in not being able to eat it due to having to cut refined sugar and dairy out of my diet. I read in a healthy eating magazine that sugar could easily be supplemented with purees like apple or even carrot, dates and less refined sugars like muscavado. I also know a few vegans who replace the butter for dairy free margarines and milk with water. So I had a play with the recipe and this is what I came to, so if like me you can’t enjoy the real thing have a crack at this and let me know what you think.


Serves 6-8
  • Pudding
  • ½ cup of dates
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup muscavado sugar
  • ½ cup olivani spread (or any other dairy free margarine is fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • Sauce
  • ½ cup muscavado sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water


  • Pudding
  • 1. Put the dates into a blender with the boiling water and blend until it creates a pulp.
  • 2. Add in the muscavdo sugar and the olivani spread, and blend to combine.
  • 3. Add one egg at a time whilst pulsing making sure each is thoroughly combined.
  • 4. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.
  • 5. Press into a greased casserole dish and pre-heat oven to 180°C on bake. Set aside and make sauce.
  • Sauce
  • 1. Place sugar and cocoa into a mixing jug (or adequately sized bowl) and pour over boiling water. Mix thoroughly.
  • 2. Pour over pudding and place into pre-heated oven. Cook for 30-40 mins or until a skewer comes out clean, be mindful not to cook it too much though otherwise there’ll be no delicious sauce.


  1. TOTALLY drool-worthy – yum!

  2. Wow, I love the photos! They are calling my name …. chuck, chuck come eat me lol. So good!

  3. kudos to you for adapting this so that you can enjoy what’s bound to be one of the ultimate chocolate desserts! the photos are clearly heart-stopping and knee-weakening, and your description of the dish doesn’t hurt my appetite either. :)

  4. Lauren

    Made this last night – so delicious! I love a recipe that involves one bowl (or in this case food processor). I topped with chopped nuts and oat milk and it went down a treat :)

  5. That looks amazing! And I love the creative thinking!

  6. I just wanted to say that I love this site.

    Greetings from Tim. :)

  7. George

    Hi Tim! We love getting encouraging messages like yours so thank you very much! Happy cooking!

  8. cool :)

  9. Cuisle

    looks great im gonna try it out tonight hopefully my flat mates like it

  10. Lauren

    Thanks Cuisle – I hope your flatmates appreciate you making them dessert :) Happy cooking!

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