This flavour-packed dessert is an easy-peasy and oh-so-tasty winner.
40g light margarine, melted
40g (¼ cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar substitute
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp unsweetened apple puree
1 Tbsp skim milk
55g (1⁄3 cup) wholemeal self-raising flour
50g (1⁄3 cup) self-raising flour
Extra strawberries, to serve (optional)
250g punnet strawberries, hulled and chopped
¼ cup Equal Spoonful
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
To make the strawberry puree, put strawberry, Equal Spoonful and lemon juice in a medium microwave bowl. Cook, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes. Mash strawberry, then transfer mixture to a sieve over a medium bowl. Use a spoon to press juice from strawberry. Set juice and puree aside.
2. Spray a small (750ml/3 cup) 12.5cm (base measurement) 7cm deep microwave bowl with cooking spray. Line base with baking paper. Using a wooden spoon, beat margarine, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Add apple puree, egg and milk. Mix until well combined. Add flours and mix until well combined.
3. Spread strawberry puree over the base of the prepared bowl. Cover with batter and spread out with the back of a spoon. Cook on medium-high/70% for 3½-4 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside for 3 minutes.
4. Turn out pudding onto a serving plate and remove baking paper. Drizzle reserved strawberry juice over pudding. Serve warm with extra strawberries, if using.
TIP: Add another layer of flavour by using unsweetened apple and strawberry puree instead of plain apple puree.
Nutrition Info PER SERVE (with sugar) 636kJ, protein 3g, total fat 4.6g (sat. fat 1g), carbs 23g, fibre 3g, sodium 155mg. Carb exchanges 1½. GI estimate medium.
Nutrition PER SERVE (with sugar substitute) 546kJ, protein 3g, total fat 4.6g (sat. fat 1g), carbs 17g, fibre 3g, sodium 155mg. Carb exchanges 1. GI estimate low.