Scan Bran with Ham & Pease Pudding – Syn Free

Scan Bran – one of the healthiest, but most dreaded items on Slimming World

One of the things that you quickly learn in Slimming World, is that Scan Bran is hated by many. Most members relate it to eating either cardboard, or chipboard. However, it’s full of fibre and, tends to give you a great dietary boost.

I recently heard of a “scan bran challenge”, where you eat the stuff as your healthy B choice every day, for 5 days. At first I thought it would be a daunting task. However, if you can find a good combination of things to have it with, it can actually be quite pleasant.

Over the 5 days, I became quite accustomed to having them with Ham & Pease Pudding. Now, if you’re not from the north east of England, then you’ll probably be wondering what pease pudding actually is. Essentially, it’s yellow split peas (lentils), boiled, mashed, cooled and solidified into something that you can spread on a sandwich. It’s a bit of a delicacy over here and, most often, served with Ham.

You can get it in most supermarkets (well, up north you can anyhow) but, it costs around 75p – 90p for a 410g tin. It’s super-easy to make at home and, you can get around 10 times the amount for the same price.

This recipe will tell you how to make your own pease pudding in the slow cooker. It’s completely syn free so you can spread it as thick as you like.

Peas Pudding


  • 1 bag Yellow split peas
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.4 litres boiling water
  • 4 Ham stock cubes


  1. Place the split peas into a slow cooker, on high
  2. Cover with the boiling water
  3. Stir in the crumbled stock cubes
  4. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste
  5. Cook in the slow cooker on high, for approximately 5 - 6 hours, stirring every hour
  6. At the end of cooking, whisk thoroughly to get rid of any lumps.
  7. Chill and keep refridgerated

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