Recipe: Healthy Mince Pies!

Author: Team ND   Date Posted: 8 December 2014 

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

2 gala apples, diced into very small pieces

1 cup (160 grams) Raisins

1 cup (160grams) Sultanas

1/4 cup (20 grams) blanched almonds

1/4 cup (40 grams) hazelnuts

1 /2 cup (70 grams) dried apricot, diced

1 tbsp ground flaxseed, optional

Juice and Zest of 1/2 an orange

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp Vanilla extract

1 cup water

THE PASTRY INGREDIENTS:

2 cups spelt flour - (you can also try 1 cup ground almonds = 1 cup brown rice flour)

1/2 cup (125ml) Oat milk (use Rice Milk for a sweeter taste)

110g Coconut oil

4 tbs agave/maple syrup

METHOD:

Combine all the ingredients for the mince meat in a pan, add 1/2 of the water, cover and leave to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add more water as necessary to keep the consistency gooey (and lovely). Whilst your mincemeat cooks you can prepare the pastry. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl, then add the coco oil and stir until it forms a breadcrumb like texture. Slowly stir in the milk and agave until it forms into a dough. Coat the side with flour and roll out half the mixture thinly. Depending on your cookie cutter (if you don’t have any of these you can use the rim of one of your wine glasses) size you should make 12-14 mince pie bases. Place bases in muffin tins (grease beforehand). Once the mincemeat has slightly cooled place 1-2 tbsp of the mixture in each. Roll out the rest of the dough mixture and make your tops. Use a brush of water to help stick the sides together. Poke two small holes in the top, and place in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes (or until slightly brown). Serve straight away or reheat later.

Recipe and image courtesy of: http: Naturally Sassy.co.uk