October 1, 2013

Vegan Sticky Date Pudding Recipe

This is one decadent, sticky, moist, luxurious, tempting and amazing pudding. if you have ever loved sticky date pudding in the past, you will love this even more! It is so amazingly delicious and is so so so naughty. But, who says you can't have a naughty treat once in a while? The datey world of stickiness is in your hands... the more caramel sauce the cake absorbs, the stickier and more decadent it becomes. You control the fate of this lush pudding. Jerome could eat two servings of this while I could only eat 1/2 of a serving... it is so rich! We hope you love it as much as we do :)

serves 6

   300g (2 cups) dates
   250ml (1 cup) boiling water
   1 teaspoon baking soda
   1 cup self-raising flour
   1 cup brown sugar
   1/2 cup margarine

Caramel Sauce:
   130ml canned coconut cream
   2/3 cup brown sugar
   2 tablespoons margarine 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and spray oil a square baking tin (dimensions: 5.5cm deep x 17cm x 17cm).
  2. In a small bowl, add the dates, boiling water and baking soda and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes until the dates have softened. 
  3. In another bowl, add the self-raising flour, brown sugar and margarine.
  4. Pour the liquid from the date bowl into the bowl with the flour, and keep the dates separate.
  5. In a food processor, add the dates and pulse until finely chopped. Scoop the finely chopped dates into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Use electric beaters to beat the mixture until smooth and creamy.
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and allow to bake for 45 minutes until risen and a skewer comes out clean when poked into the centre.
  8. In the meantime, make the caramel sauce. In a saucepan on high heat, add the coconut cream, brown sugar and margarine. Bring to to the boil while whisking and then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until it has reduced a little bit and the sugar has dissolved. Place in the fridge until needed (This will make a hot thin sauce. If you want a thick cool sauce, make it the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight to allow it to thicken).
  9. Once the pudding has finished baking, allow it to sit and cool for 10 to 15 minutes then cut into 6, drizzle with caramel sauce and serve! 
  10. Enjoy and start being amazed by the datey deliciousness!

  • The caramel sauce recipe will make a hot thin sauce. If you want a thick cool sauce, make it the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight to allow it to thicken.

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline.


  1. Oh my - if you asked me what my favourite dessert was before I became vegan, I'd have said sticky date pudding. Yuummmmmm. Thanks!

  2. I love your take on this fabulous sticky date pudding,...oooh yes! Another must make, Madison! :) x

  3. You are a genius! May I ask where you get inspiration for your recipes? :)

    1. Hi Shani! Ha ha thank you. Oh everywhere... Any food that I see or hear about I always think "I must make a vegan version of that"... i then add it to a list until I get around to it hehe :)

  4. Well isn't this just the CUTEST website ever! That date cake recipe looks amazing!

    1. Heheh thanks Andrea :) Glad you like our little bean cartoons

  5. This is amazing, just as good as non-vegan sicky date! My partner and I ate it in one day!

    Congrats on your little girl, I am also 22 and due to give birth to a little girl on the 13th of Feb.

    Love this site, I am going to keep trying more recipes :)


    1. Hi there Jemah! Oh thanks so much. I am really glad that you enjoyed it. We love it too. Oh wow! Congratulations. Good luck with the delivery and for the weeks to come. It is seriously the best thing in the world... being a mother I mean... not the delivery hehehe.

  6. I was wondering what sort of dates you used, the dried ones or medjool dates?

    1. I just used dried ones! Thanks :) Hope you enjoy it!

    2. I made it using dried dates. I tweaked the recipe by halving the sugar and using about 2.5-3 cups of dates. It needed to cook a bit longer but it was amazing - so rich and moist and tasty. Thank you!

  7. I made it today and it was lovely and tasty. Will make one for Christmas dinner for the vegans in the family. Merry Christmas .

  8. I made one today and it was lovely and tasty. I will make one for Christmas dinner for the vegans in the family. Merry Christmas .

  9. Can this be made into cupcakes ?

  10. Hey Madison and Jerome,
    I adore your website, thank you so much for sharing all of this with everyone. Such a blessing. I made the sticky date last Christmas along with the cherry ripe and bounty balls. I raved about them so much ( before I'd even made them ) that my sister and a cousin both made all of them for Christmas as well. Both are non vegans. Both are extremely good cooks, one is actually a chef.
    I'm sneekerly trying to convert the die hard carnivores one at a time.
    Very best wishes.

  11. Just made this tonight and it turned out amazing ! Thank you ��

  12. Made this tonight and it turned out amazing. Thank you :)

  13. Hi Madison, Love your Sticky date pud recipe however what brand of margarine is used as would like to make this for my family for Christmas Day?

  14. For the pudding could i use coconut oil instead of margarine?