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The Azul Kitchen: Spicy Gluten Free Christmas Cake

With Christmas just around the corner, Jo is excited to share with you this Gluten Free Christmas cake. It’s a moist, delicious, gluten free festive treat. With just the right amount of holiday spice, this cake is delicious and full of goodness, including pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. It’s made with rice flour and sweetened with dates and agave. Bring it with you to any holiday gathering, for a truly healthy and delicious Christmas treat.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake

If learning more delicious, healthy recipes sounds like guilt free fun then join Jo this year for a detox retreat or a nutrition and cookery retreat or check out the 2nd edition of her cookbook: ‘Truly healthy, truly delicious’. It’s a top seller in our online wellbeing shop.


3 eggs
100 g ghee or coconut oil
70 ml orange juice
2 tbsp agave syrup
150g date puree (two parts de-stoned dates and one part hot water, boiled 3 minutes, blended then cooled)
250 ml pumpkin puree (steamed and blend pumpkin)
A pinch of sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cardamom
½ tsp clove
1 tsp orange zest
2 handfuls raisins
2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
250g whole grain rice flour
1 tsp baking soda
Walnuts to decorate


• Preheat the oven to 160C degrees
• In a mixing bowl combine eggs, ghee or coconut oil, orange juice, agave syrup, pumpkin puree and date puree.
• Whisk to combine.
• Add spices, salt, orange zest, raisins and pumpkin seeds. Turn to combine.
• Add baking soda and rice flour and turn to mix.
• Cover a baking tin with baking paper and pour the mix into the tin.
• Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas from Jo and the Azul team!

About the author

Jo DombernowskyJo Dombernowsky is the resident chef and nutrition advisor at Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat. She runs nutrition workshops, detox retreats and special nutrition holidays and is the author of the highly acclaimed cookbook ‘Truly healthy, truly delicious’. Edition 2 of the cookbook has been released, with new chapters on dairy and gluten and also recently published in Spain. Jo is also an inspirational nutrition expert and Pilates teacher and her all-round healthy approach to life is clear to see! Jo has her own food blog where she posts her delicious recipes, keeping you up to date on all the wonderful new food coming out of the Azul kitchen.