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The Best Healthy Christmas Cake Recipe (Gluten Free)

  A healthy Christmas cake recipe that’s gluten free and grain free. Made with almond flour, dried fruit, mixed spices and a little orange zest for a lovely authentic festive feel.

gluten free healthy christmas cake

Make a healthy Christmas cake this holiday season, that the whole family will enjoy on Christmas Day.

Nothing is more ‘festive’ than a fruit cake! Whilst traditional recipes aren’t always the healthiest, we’ve got you covered with a completely delicious and balanced option.

There’s no added sweetener in this cake; the dried fruit ensure it is naturally sweetened. Even better, it’s pretty easy to make!

I have the easiest gluten free Christmas cake recipe for you this festive season! If you need a healthy Christmas cake to whip up this Christmas I would highly recommend giving this recipe a try.

All you need to do is make sure you’ve got all the ingredients on hand. When you want to whip up the cake all you have to do is add all ingredients into one bowl, mix it together until it’s well combined and then pop it into the oven. That simple!

There is nothing more satisfying than baking your own cakes, desserts and biscuits for Christmas. 

This simple recipe creates a dense and moist fruit cake with a high ratio of fruit, which means you don’t need to use any extra sugar in the recipe.

If you need to cater to dietary preferences then we have you covered. This healthy Christmas cake is gluten free, vegan and grain free.

gluten free healthy christmas cake

We also use ground almonds instead of  traditional white refined flours that make up most store bought cakes. The ground almonds are also gluten free and add moisture so we just need to add a small amount of or olive oil to make it complete.

The dried fruit adds natural sweetness so there’s no need to add any refined sugars or sugar substitutes.

This healthy Christmas cake recipe is designed to be as simple and easy as possible because December is stressful enough already, without complicated recipes to worry about.

Easy recipes are the best especially this time of year.

You will love this gluten free healthy Christmas Cake recipe because:

  • Its quick and easy to make
  • has all the festive flavours
  • tastes incredible
  • only a few ingredients needed
healthy Christmas fruit cake

What do you need to make gluten free healthy Christmas Cake Recipe?

  • ground almonds
  • mixed dried fruits
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • juice and zest from one orange
  • olive oil
  • eggs
  • walnuts
  • mixed spice

Is Christmas Cake Healthy?

It really depends on how you make it. Typical Christmas cake recipes contains butter, brown sugar and brandy making it quite heavy and not the healthiest cake around.

The healthy Christmas cake recipe featured in this post is high protein and low carb thanks to using almond meal, walnuts and egg. It contains no added refined sugar or heavy fats or oils.

Instead we use olive oil.

Is Christmas Cake High in Calories

The answer is yes Christmas Cake is high in calories. Particularly traditional fruit cake recipes which or high in fat and sugar.

Even a healthy Christmas fruit cake recipe like the one featured in this post is high calories due to the high dry fruits content.

Is it ok to eat unhealthy at Christmas?

Yes of course it is!

Allowing yourself to indulge over the holiday season will not impact your weight or health in the slightest. One day of unhealthy eating will not make you gain weight.

Throwing away your healthy eating for just one day won’t make you gain actual pounds. Although you will probably feel very bloated and in need of a nap!

What to serve with Christmas Cake?

Typically Christmas cake is eaten on it’s own. However it’s amazing paired with hot tea, ice cream or a glass of fizz.

You can decorate your Christmas cake with candied fruit and nuts. You could also brush a clear glaze of choice on top of the cake then allow to dry for a shiny, natural-looking top.

Can I make this Vegan?

I have not tried making this with flax egg, it should work although results maybe slightly different.m

If you enjoy this Gluten free healthy Christmas Cake recipe, check out these other healthy Christmas Recipes:

Festive Spiced Christmas Porridge Recipes

Christmas Spiced Orange Cranberry Bread

Healthy Cinnamon Star Biscuits

Spiced Christmas Tiffin

Sweet Spiced Cranberry Bread

The Best White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

healthy christmas cake recipe

Gluten Free Healthy Christmas Cake Recipe

Easy to make Healthy Christmas Cake Recipe. A healthy twist on a Christmas favourite. Gluten free and grain free
Course Dessert, Snack


  • 600 g mixed dried fruit
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • zest and juice from 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 flax eggs/normal eggs
  • 200 g 2 cups ground almonds
  • 50 g walnuts


  • Preheat your oven to 150°C / 300°F,
  • Prepare a 20cm round cake pan with parchment paper lining the sides and the base.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine dried fruit, spice, orange zest and juice, olive oil and eggs.
  • Add the almonds and walnuts and mix through.
  • Spoon Christmas cake batter into your baking tin.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Check with a skewer to see if it comes out clean, if not bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Cover the top if necessary to prevent over-browning.
  • Cool, then remove from the tin and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
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