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5 Variations on Holiday Fruitcake

Healthy Low-fat Fruitcake
Fresh fruit can cut the calories.
Fresh fruit can cut the calories.

Traditional fruitcake is loaded with sugar, which adds up to empty calories. Even the nuts and fruits are traditionally candied or jellied. Here's a recipe using fresh fruits and nectar that cuts the fat, but not the flavor.


  • 2 3/4 cups mixed fruit
  • 1 cup fruit nectar
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 cup mashed pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda, zest of lemon and orange.


  1. Combine nectar, fruit and honey in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool and stir in pumpkin, sifted flour, spices and soda zests.
  3. Spread mixture into loaf tin, and bake for approximately 1 hour at 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
  4. Remove from oven and cover with foil until cool.