Allergy-safe Figgy Pudding is the perfect holiday recipe  – gluten-free, dairy-free – for a holiday dessert everyone can enjoy.

The delicious holiday dishes start coming out to the table, and all the other guests are excited.

“Oh, bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of …. gut pain, allergies, and a miserable evening.” Oh – that’s not how you remember that Christmas carol?

My heart is sinking fast as I see plate after plate filled with things I really shouldn’t eat … and just in time, I remember to snatch that bit of yumminess from my dairy-allergic son.

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Sticking to a strict diet over the holidays is no fun. Like everyone else, I want to indulge, and I want the freedom to say ‘go ahead’ to the children.

But we’ll suffer if we do.

And then out comes the Christmas pudding and I’m running through the ingredients in my head – baking powder is probably okay, but what about those nuts? Can I trust that my little guy is tolerating gluten enough to enjoy this, or did they replace the traditional bread crumbs with something more gut-friendly?

And it’s worse that some of the recipes I make because my family loves them – like my mother-in-law’s French Canadian Sugar Pie – leave me wondering if I should enjoy a piece and suffer the gut pain afterwards?

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That’s why I’m so excited that my friend Jaclyn Harwell from The Family That Heals Together has created a healthy holiday recipe book, full of grain-free, gut-healing foods that you can enjoy for every celebration!

We’re not grain-free at our house – sometimes I think grains are one of the few foods we can all safely digest – but we do find ourselves cooking for grain-free folks a lot. And we still need to worry about tree nuts, soy and other major allergens.

The danger when you buy a cookbook, or just find random online recipes – you never know if they’ve actually been made in normal kitchens, eaten by fussy children and enjoyed by … well, you know, real people.

You probably know that not-so-lovely feeling when you have to get that turkey on the table STAT and you just realized that Aunt Martha can’t eat eggs. So much for the hours you spent baking all weekend.

You need tried and true, family-tested traditional favourites. But you also need to tweak them for them to fit your family’s dietary needs.

That’s hard enough when you need to remove something simple like nuts. (Never thought I’d say that!) But what if you need to follow a really strict diet like GAPS?

planning an allergy diet is like a puzzle when nothing fits

Good luck finding GAPS diet holiday recipes online.

Since I know a lot of my readers follow GAPS, grain-free diets, I’m quite excited about Jaclyn’s new cookbook.

Jaclyn’s cookbook is grain-free and GAPS compliant but it does contain almonds and other nuts. If you can tolerate nuts, you’ll love this cookbook!

With that said, it contains staple recipes that help you make basics like perfect cauli-rice and honey “wheat” dinner rolls. If there are no concerns with nuts, she has a grain-free pecan pie that looks good. Just be sure to keep ingredients lists handy for those who are nut-free!

Without grains, refined sugars and processed dairy, Jaclyn focuses on meat stock, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats.

To celebrate the release of Nourishing Holiday, Jaclyn is letting me share her Figgy Pudding recipe from the book.

This recipe contains all the goodies that say Merry Christmas – including chopped figs and other dried fruit. It all cooks together with lemon peel, butter, eggs, and vanilla, and then baked in individual dishes. There’s no large bowl to clean out after, because don’t you already have enough big dishes and pots?

And the individual dishes mean you also don’t have a large serving plate to wash.


Figgy Pudding

  • Author: Nourishing Holiday by Jaclyn Harwell, used with permission
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert


Allergy-safe Figgy Pudding is the perfect holiday recipe  – gluten-free, dairy-free – for a dessert everyone can enjoy.


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup figs, coarsely chopped, plus extra for garnishing
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup butter, or ghee
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease four one-cup ramekins.
  3. Combine figs, dates, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Turn heat down and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  5. Pour mixture into the container of a high-powered blender, add baking soda, and blend on high until smooth.
  6. Return mixture to saucepan and add butter, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  7. Add coconut flour and whisk until smooth.
  8. Fold in raisins.
  9. Pour the batter evenly into prepared ramekins, filling each just over halfway.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  11. Top with sliced figs and serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 4
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If you’re excited about Jaclyn’s Figgy Pudding, you’ll love the more than 50 other recipes in this book, including Candied Nuts, Gingerbread Man Cookies, Golden Hot Chocolate, and Carrot Souffle. These are just a few of the recipes you’ll love in Nourishing Holiday!

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We’re not on a GAPS diet, but we are nut free and mostly dairy free.  I can’t use all of the recipes in this cookbook, but I found plenty of new ones that I want to try. And I’m totally going to make that Figgy Pudding (except I’ll use regular flour)!

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Allergy-safe Figgy Pudding is the perfect holiday recipe  - gluten-free, dairy-free - for a dessert everyone can enjoy.

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