Chocolate fruit and nut Christmas Cake-gluten free and no added sugar

It's Stir-up Sunday - traditionally the day when you make your Christmas cakes and puddings.

This year I have made a Chocolate fruit and nut Christmas Cake which has no added sugar and is gluten free. 

Due to there being no sugar in this recipe, it will not keep as long as a cake with sugar in but it will freeze so you can still get ahead.  Sugar also helps the cake stay moist - in this recipe I have used beetroot (which also adds sweetness) and ground almonds to help the cake stay moist.

Chocolate fruit and nut Christmas Cake

140g dairy free spread + extra for flouring
30g stevia
Egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs
250g rice flour + extra for dusting
4 tsp gluten free baking powder
6 tbsp cacao
240g cooked beetroot (find it in the salad section of your local supermarket), whizzed up in a high speed blender
2 tsp vanilla
6 tbsp soya milk
50g ground almonds
70g mixed nuts, chopped
100g sultanas
100g raisins

Cream the dairy free spread with the stevia.  Add the remaining ingredients except the fruit and nuts and mix really well to a dropping consistency  Stir in the sultanas, raisins and nuts and transfer the mixture to a greased and floured 8 inch (2o cm) cake tin.  Bake 40-50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  When cool sprinkle with stevia and add Christmas Cake decorations if desired.  

Serving suggestion - whipped coconut cream.

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