Gluten-Free Sticky Date Pudding

This gluten-free sticky date pudding is that good I always end up having seconds, thirds or even fourths. Yep, I am a pretty big eater, but it also shows how good this recipe is.

Gluten-Free Sticky Date Pudding

Another name for this pudding is sticky toffee pudding and is commonly used throughout the United Kingdom. It is considered to be a classic alongside other desserts such as bread and butter pudding.

The origin of this pudding is believed to be Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is commonly referred to as a dessert that is part of British or Scottish cuisine.

Extras to have with Sticky Date Pudding

This pudding is pretty good just by itself or with the caramel sauce. If you want to go one step further, then something like a vanilla ice cream really goes well with this delicious gluten-free dessert.

Something a little less sweet like plain yogurt works pretty well with this pudding as well. Just use it instead of ice cream, and it will still work with the caramel sauce.

Gluten-Free Sticky Date Pudding with ice cream

If you have the spare time, you can always try making some delicious custard to pour over the top instead of the caramel sauce.

Variations that you can do

This recipe will be chunkier than some as we don’t blitz the date mixture. If you prefer a smooth cake, then I highly recommend that you do blitz the date mixture. I mention this in the cooking tips.

Rather than making one giant pudding you can instead make sticky date pudding cupcakes. The process is exactly the same but use a muffin tin instead of the baking dish.

There aren’t many other changes that I would make to this recipe as it’s pretty good now. I do have some serving suggestions above, and there are cooking tips further down the page.

It’s Great the Next Day

Sticky date pudding also reheats really well if you have any leftovers. Simply store in the fridge until you need it.

I also pour the leftover caramel sauce over the pudding, so it’s absorbed making it deliciously moist after you have reheated it.

If you want to see how this recipe is prepared, then just check out the video below. It’s short, snappy and straight to the point.

Gluten-Free Sticky Date Pudding Recipe

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Prep time
20 Minutes
Cook time
40 Minutes
Total time
1 Hour


Pudding Mixture

  • 1 & ½ cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 & ½ cups boiling water
  • 100g (3.5 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 & ½ cups gluten-free self-rising flour

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 60g (2 oz) unsalted butter


  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C (350°F). Also, grease and line an 8×8 deep pan.
  2. In a bowl, add the dates, baking soda, and the boiling water.
  3. In another bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until it’s a light creamy color.
  4. Add the eggs one by one, beating well between each addition.
  5. Add the flour and date mixture, gently mix until well combined.
  6. Place into the prepared oven dish. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, add the brown sugar and butter to a pot over medium heat.
  8. Once melted and well combined add the thickened cream. Simmer for 3-5 minutes while stirring.
  9. Serve the pudding with the caramel sauce poured over the top!

Recipe Tips

  • If the butter and egg mix splits, then this most likely means that either the butter or the eggs are too cold. This split won’t hugely affect the outcome of the pudding, but you may find that it doesn’t come out as fluffy and even as you would like.
  • If all you have is gluten-free plain flour, then you can turn it into self-rising by simply adding three teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder. Most baking powders should be gluten-free, but it’s best to double check just in case.
  • As with all baking, make sure the oven is at the required temperature before adding the cake.
  • If you prefer not to have chunks of dates, then you can also blend the date mix before adding it to the pudding mix. Personally, prefer the gooey bits of date throughout the pudding, so I don’t blend the date mix.
  • You can make many individuals serves if you would prefer that instead of a large pudding. Just remember you may need to need to cook it for less time as the puddings are a lot smaller.

Nutritional Information

If you need to know the nutritional information for eating this delicious sticky date pudding, then you can find it below.

Keep in mind this information is only an estimate and doesn’t include any extras such as ice cream or the caramel sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 192g (6.77 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 473 Calories from Fat 140.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.6g 24%
Saturated Fat 9.2g 46%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 432mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 82.7g 28%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 52.6g
Protein 5g 10%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

More Gluten-Free Desserts

There are plenty of other gluten-free desserts that you should try making. I highly recommend giving the orange cake a try. It cooks to be deliciously moist and has an amazing citrus flavor to it.

Another dessert that’s worth making is the apple and rhubarb crisp. It’s perfect if you’re in the mood for some fruit topped with a deliciously crunchy crumble.

I hope that you enjoy this gluten-free sticky date pudding recipe as much as I did. If you have your own variation or any feedback that you would love to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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