Steamed Pumpkin and Raisin Pudding


A Great British traditional steamed pudding is simply a wonderful thing. For many of us, it is the ultimate comfort dessert, a dense, sweet, sponge with a generous helping of custard.


I adore steamed puddings, especially jam roly poly or syrup sponge. Of course, they are not a healthy choice so they make a nice wintry treat only on occasion.


This pudding is so much lighter than traditional versions with a wonderful extra moist, dense texture from the pumpkin and cornmeal with a wonderful orange hue. Studded with raisins, and drizzled with syrup, this is a sweet sensation which is perfectly matched to creamy vegan custard. I love Alpro brand, or you could serve it with vegan cream or ice cream, or simply as it is.


This is definitely a deliciously different way to use those squashes storing in your kitchen. This would make a great alternative to Christmas pudding.


Ingredients: Serves 8

  • 175g/1  1/4 cups plain wholewheat pastry flour (or use white)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 125g/1/2 cup+2tbsp unrefined dark brown soft sugar
  • 70g/1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 175g/1 cup raisins
  • 300g/1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 tsp stevia liquid (or omit this and use 200g/1 cup sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 125ml/1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup


  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the sugar, cornmeal, and raisins.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin, stevia, vanilla, oil, and milk. Mix this into the dry ingredients and mix just until it’s combined but don’t beat.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased 1.2 litre or 2 pint pudding basin until 2/3 full. Cover the pan tightly with foil and steam over simmering water in a covered pot for 1 and 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted comes out without wet batter but a few moist crumbs.
  4. Remove the basin from the steamer and cool for 5 minutes before loosening the sides with a palette knife and inverting on a plate. Drizzle with the syrup and serve immediately.
  5. You can make this 2 days in advance and re-steam for 30 minutes before serving.

Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Very low in saturated fat
No cholesterol
High in manganese
Very high in vitamin A
I always share kitty pictures so today I thought I’d share some pictures of a couple of my non-feline babies. Left and top right is my eldest bunny, Bobby. He is coming up to seven years old and is the King of the household! He has a special bond with his kitty brother, they like to groom eachother!
Bottom right is one of my degu girls, Dusty. She has three sisters and they are now five years old. The fifth sister had to be put to sleep a few weeks ago after she had a stroke 😦
I am their third mum, they had been in a rescue home twice before they were even 1 year old!
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27 Responses to Steamed Pumpkin and Raisin Pudding

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  2. Yum, yum, yum, yum! This looks delicious!

  3. Laura says:

    Great stats for a dessert and sounds so good!

  4. knitsbysachi says:

    It looks so good! I should try the recipe. Thank you.

  5. Oh, yum, I have to try this. Photos you take are so delicious, can’t imagine how lovely the food tastes like 🙂

  6. Thank you for sending me your recipes….

    Best regards

  7. Steamed pudding! I used to love a good syrup sponge or spotted dick with custard but haven’t attempted to make a vegan version yet. This looks so scrumptious, I’m thinking it would work well as a microwave cake too 🙂

  8. Your bunnies are so cute Poppy!! They are so lucky to have you for a mum. And your steamed pudding sounds delish! I don’t think I’ve ever had steamed pudding, but I certainly like the idea of it. I just might try it, but not until some time goes by after our Thanksgiving pig out. 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Hey Celeste! Thank you so much! One day I’ll post pics of all the bunnies, they’re all very different.
      You should try steamed pudding sometime, it is so warming and comforting! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving pig out! 😀

  9. laurasmess says:

    Such a gorgeous post Poppy! I love the steamed pudding with custard (ah, being an English girl I will always love steamed pudding) and the beautiful pictures of you with your rabbits. So sweet. Sorry to hear about the one that had a stroke, that must’ve been pretty heartbreaking 😦 I definitely want to try your steamed pudding as soon as the weather cools down here again! xx

  10. sophiazerg says:

    Wow, looks delicious! I’ve never had steamed pudding. Looks pretty simple to make.
    Adorable bunnies… 🙂

  11. Oh this sounds lovely! What a great post! It looks so moist!

  12. The Editor says:

    Reblogged this on Recipe Reblog.

  13. rhema3one7 says:

    I’m loving it 🙂

  14. yum!!
    and aww your rabbits; Sorry to hear about one being put to sleep 😦 I really miss rabbit who died in the summer 😦

    Francesca xo

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