Clean Mince Pies

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With Christmas only days away (ok, maybe still a few) there’s no better time to fill your house with those unmistakably christmasy aromas. These Clean Mince Pies are absolutely delicious and taste just like their not so healthy counterparts! They’re the perfect treat to satisfy all your festive cravings and tide you over til the big day!

Makes 10-12


For the Crust:

4 Cups of Ground Almonds

2 Tablespoons of Honey/Agave

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

1 egg

Pinch of Coarse Salt

For the Mince Meat:

2 Oranges

1 Apple

1 Cup of Raisins

1/2 Cup of Cranberries

1 Cup of Sultanas

1 teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

1 Tablespoon of Honey/Agave

Step 1: Start with your crust. Add all of the crust ingredients to your food processor and blitz until everything is mixed in evenly and you have a crumbly dough mixture.

Step 2: Use your hands to squish the dough into two balls and wrap them each in cling film. Pop them in the fridge for about half an hour.

Step 3: While they’re chilling, make your mince meat. Start by zesting and juicing the oranges and add them both to a pot on medium heat. Slice your apple into thin strips and add it to the pot. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and stir it around. Then add the cranberries, sultanas, raisins, mix them around. Leave this to simmer, with the lid on, for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly.

Step 4: Grease your cupcake tin with coconut oil. When the dough is done chilling, take your dough balls out one at a time  and roll it out until it’s about 1 centimetre thick (it doesn’t matter if the edges crack or crumble, just press and roll it more as you go!). Use a pastry cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out circles and then press them gently into your tin.

Step 5: Fill each one with about a tablespoon of mince meat. Then use the remaining dough to make your lids. You can use whatever shape you like.

Step 6: Bake at 180’C for about 12  minutes. Best served warm. If they’ve cooled completely, pop them back in the oven to warm through before serving.

PS. Sprinkle them with a dusting of coconut flour, it looks just like icing sugar!

This recipe is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Paleo.

For more healthy recipes both sweet and savoury check out The Little Green Spoon and follow Indy on Twitter @littlegspoon

Don’t feel like doing the cooking? Join Indy at her second Yoga Supper on December 18th for a gorgeous candle lit yoga class followed by a nourishing festive menu, the healthy way to kick off Silly Season! Tickets available online at The Cake Cafe.

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