December 17, 2015

I know, best ever – bit presumptuous right?! But I’m serious – you have to try these healthy mince pies!! Not only are they totally gluten-free they are also dairy free and vegan because I used a bit of coconut oil instead of butter. They are also, amazingly, completely sugar-free apart from the natural sugars in the fruit. The base is made chewy from sticky sweet medjool dates and coconut oil so there is no butter, flour or sugar in sight and the filling is just loads and loads of fruit mixed together with festive spices, water and freshly-squeezed orange juice. Instead of a sugary buttery crust you’ve got a delicious crumbly almond crust, which is a fantastic source of protein. IT’S A HEALTHY MINCE PIE GUYS!! Someone get me Jamie on the phone.

I am actually surprised these worked. So naturally I’m quite excited about them.They are delicious hot or cold and are a hundred times better for you that any shop-bought mince pie. Go on, give them a go!


Makes roughly 16 mince pies

For the crust

400g Medjool dates

500g ground almonds

4 tbsp boiling water

5 tbsp coconut oil

Squeeze of fresh orange juice

1 tsp vanilla or half a vanilla pod 

For the mincemeat

3 apples, red or green

150g raisins

150g dried apricots, chopped

150g mixed fruit of any kind

Juice of 3 oranges

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp coconut oil

zest of 1 orange

All you have to do is

Chop the apples and pop them in a pan over a low heat with all the other mincemeat ingredients. Let this cook away for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water if it looks too dry and make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan!

For the “pastry” crust, start by weighing out your Medjool dates and soaking them in the 4 tbsp of boiling water for at least ten minutes. This will help them soften. Then, add the ground almonds, coconut oil and fresh orange juice and blitz with a high-speed blender or stick blender until it forms a dough. Once you’re confident all the dates are broken down you can just use your hands! Once it looks like a dough, you can break bits off to mould into your individual mince pie cups.

Grease each cup with coconut oil or butter and then push the dough into each cup to make a base for your mince pies. Put them in the oven for 5 minutes at 180 degrees to bake slightly before you add the filling. Once the mincemeat has been simmering for twenty minutes and your kitchen smells like Christmas, you can spoon a few teaspoons into each pastry base and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Top with a star, a heart or make a pastry lid like a traditional mince pie. It’s up to you! 

Merry Christmas lovelies!

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