Sugarless Date Pudding: A Tribute to My Father

Date pudding is flourless, eggless, gluten-free and possibly dairy-free dessert that is healthy, delicious and made in a snap.

A Tribute to My Father

My father and me on my wedding day
My father and me on my wedding day

I would love to thank all my followers and readers who texted or emailed me to offer condolences for the loss of my beloved father.

My father was an exceptional man who challenged me to excel in everything I do. He braved the archaic norms of a masculine society and sent me to a big city to study Political Science and live by myself.

He proudly watched me climb up the ladder of a diplomatic career, and he respected my choice when I gave it all up to be a wife and mother.

When I pursued my culinary passion and embarked on my dream journey of food writing and photography, he became my staunchest fan.

At the age of 82, he created an Instagram account to follow all my culinary creations and cheered for me with every post.

He passed away on the first day of Ramadan, his favorite month, after he called all his Muslim friends wishing them a blessed Ramadan. A genuine advocate of harmony with an unshakable belief in diversity, he was.

On my last call with my late dad, just three days before he departed our world, he was apparently queasy as I don’t write much about Egyptian food heritage.

Therefore I am niching down and publishing iconic and modern Egyptian recipes on my blog in the near future.

I started with the Date Pudding as I received a gift box packed with prime delicious Saudi dates.

I was short on flour and had no eggs to bake a date sticky pudding, so I surfed the web hoping to find a flourless, eggless alternative.

Recipe Credit 

This recipe of Date Pudding was freshly released by Mrs. Manal Alalem, the iconic Middle Eastern food figure. The recipe popped up before my tired eyes and promptly caught my attention.

Mrs. Alalem is the Julia Child of the Middle East, whom I personally always turn to for inspiration.

I tweaked the recipe slightly and only used cornstarch instead of rice four. 

This recipe is eggless and gluten-free and made in a snap. This is almost the only dessert that all my family members agree on its deliciousness.  

Health Benefits

Dry dates

Dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. According to studies, those nutrients prevent osteoporosis. Also, dates have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation, due to their low glycemic index, fiber and antioxidants.

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Date Pudding

Recipe adapted from Mrs. Manal Alalem 

Serves 4 people


  • 1 cup dates (any type of dry dates)
  • 4 cups full fat milk (or non dairy milk such as oat milk, almond milk or coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  •  4 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch 
  • 1 shot of Nespresso (or 1 tablespoon of strong coffee diluted in 3 tablespoons of hot water)


  1. Soak the dates: Pour hot water over one cup of dates and let it soak for 10 minutes. Drain the dates and keep the water to dilute the cornflour. Remove the date pits.
  2. Blend the milk with the dates: In a blender, blend the dates, milk, and spices at medium speed until they are well combined, the dates are finely blended, and no small or big date chucks are visible in the milk.
  3. Cook the pudding: Pour the date-milk mixture into a medium saucepan. Add 4 tablespoons of cornflour diluted in some of the date water and add it to the mixture. Bring the pudding to a gentle simmering point. Keep stirring until the pudding consistency thickens and resembles a white sauce. Remove from the heat and pipe the pudding in deep bowls or tall glasses.
  4. Chill the pudding: Let the pudding come to room temperature, and then place it in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  5. Garnish:  the surface of the pudding with a sprinkle of cinnamon, whole or chopped dates, and/or nuts.
  6. Serve: Pudding are better served cold.
  7. Store: Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge up to three days.

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9 thoughts on “Sugarless Date Pudding: A Tribute to My Father

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. May his soul rest in peace. You cannot imagine how much your words touched my heart… I am sure your dad is the proud of you…. what a wonderful person you are!

  2. R.I.P. to your father. I admire your professional choices and I follow your recipes.

  3. Dear Nermine,
    I’m so very sorry to have learned of your father’s recent passing. I remember you speaking about him in such loving terms. He sounded like a very special man, and that he loved you a great deal. We carry those we love in our hearts and they live on in our memories reminding us that we are loved in return. I send your father, you and your entire family much peace as you celebrate his remarkable spirit.
    Loving regards,

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