Mini chocolate orange Christmas puddings

I love making Christmassy sweets and treats- here’s something you can make without being tempted with something full of syns! 

I’ve made a very naughty version of these before with my kids involving lots of cornflakes, cocoa and golden syrup-  I wanted to do something similar, but something that wouldn’t use up all my syns in one fell swoop if I indulged!

These use a scan bran base* (which you could even use as your HEB!), and a very low syn chocolate orange spread from Musclefood (click here)I think these taste really good, and if you keep them stocked up over Christmas will hopefully keep you out of the chocolate box! I haven’t found any other chocolate spreads as low syn as the Musclefood ones yet- the nearest that I have come across is the Waitrose Seriously Chocolatey Chocolate Spread- click here (which is SO delicious, and 3 syns per tablespoon).

*if you aren’t familiar with scan bran, you can buy these in your Slimming World group, or at Holland and Barratt- click here

 

My Recipe

Serves: 20 individual Christmas puddings
Syns: 2 syns each (but reduced if you count the scan bran as your HEB)
Healthy Extra: optional: B

Ingredients

  • 10 scan bran (1 packet)
  • 6 tbsp Musclefood chocolate orange spread
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 25g white chocolate
  • 10g icing sugar
  • 2-3tsp boiling water
  • red and green writing icing (optional)

Method

  1. In a food processor, whizz up your scan bran into fine breadcrumbs
  2. Add the chocolate spread and golden syrup and whizz until well combined (you may need to scrape around the sides with a spatula a couple of times)
  3. Roll this mixture into 20 balls (about the size of a walnut), they should stick together easily, but if too crumbly you can try adding a little extra golden syrup (it's not always easy to measure an exact tablespoon so you may have just been a little short)
  4. Place the balls onto a tin foil covered baking tray and pop into the fridge
  5. To make the topping, melt the white chocolate in a small bowl (I use the microwave for this, but be careful not to burn!)
  6. Stir the white chocolate well until it is lovely and smooth
  7. In a seperate little bowl, add 2 tsp boiling water to your icing sugar and stir well (it should be a fairly loose consistency, so that if you held up the teaspoon it would drop slowly off), if too thick add a tiny bit more water
  8. Stir the icing sugar intot he white chocolate until well combined
  9. Using 2 teaspoons, spoon a little carefully over each chocolate ball and pop back into the fridge
  10. I used writing icing to make the holly and berry effect, but I'm sure there must be some lovely christmassy sprinkles around that you could try!

Additional Info

The whole batch comes to 40 syns. I have worked out the syns per Christmas pudding based on this, as my batch made 20. When you are calculating the syns just make sure that you divide 40 by the number of Christmas puddings that you have made. You can substitute scan bran for weetabix, but this may change the syn value. Most chocolate spreads are at least 4 syns per tablespoon, and Musclefood's are 2, which is why I have specifically used this one. You can use Nutella or another type of spread but you just need to make sure that you recalculate the syn values- I'm afraid I haven't yet found another one which is as low syn as the Musclefood one!

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