Healthy Mince Pies
By Aoife Whelan – Oh yes, that’s right you heard me, mince meat but not the way you know it! A friend had asked me to do some more meat recipes so I said I would but there’s no actual meat in this recipe sorry Wayne! This is a Christmas recipe ?, yep that’s right I just dropped the C word! ? Mwahahahaha!! ? Christmas is my all time favourite time of the year. No joke, I think I was a Christmas elf in a past life! I LOVE CHRISTMAS ?!!!! You know that movie Elf with Will Ferrell? Yep that’s me! He he he he ?
Anyway on to the recipe! This recipe was originally a recipe that my granny used and then she passed it on to my mom and from my mom on to me so to me it is super precious! But when I started trying to be better to my body I was so sad as I thought Christmas would be no fun with out my moms mince pies! So I ventured into the kitchen and kept working on my mom’s recipe. I took out the sugar and used coconut sugar instead. I used fresh zest instead of dried peel and used coconut oil instead of suet or margarine.
The scariest part of this recipe for me was giving some to my mom to see what she thought. I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in creating a recipe! And guess what? ..… She loved it! My mom actually said it was better than the original and this is the recipe that we use now. Very proud moment!! ☺️
1 Large Lemon Juice & Zest
2 Clementine’s Juice & Zest
1 Lime Juice & Zest
2 Apples Grated
125g Golden Sultanas
100g Dried Cranberries (I buy all my dried fruit in Lidl. it comes mixed in a bag and is so cheap!)
100g Coconut Sugar
½ Tsp. Mixed Spice
½ Tsp. Nutmeg
½ Tsp. Cinnamon
¼ Tsp. Ginger
200g Coconut Oil
4Tbsp. Spiced Rum
This literally could not be easier…… Pop all of the above ingredients into a saucepan and let simmer for 10 minutes until the fruit is plump and juicy.
Store in sterilised (Just put them through the normal cycle in the dishwasher) glass jars and leave to mature for 2 weeks before using. Although I’m not gonna lie, I have used it straight away when I’ve run out, you know me, patience is definitely not my virtue!!
Ok so you’ve made your mince meat and now you want to make mince Pies!! Whoop wooop bring on the Christmas cheer!!! This is my recipe for my vegan almond pastry! ✨
VEGAN SWEET ALMOND PASTRY
Its Gluten free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free and Vegan but forget all that is tastes unreal!!! ?
INGREDIENTS (Makes 12 mince pies)
1 Cup Buckwheat Flour
1 Cup Ground Almonds
4 Tbsp. Corn Flour
3 Heaped Tbsps. Coconut Oil
5 Tbsps. Maple Syrup
2-4 Tbsps. Water
It couldn’t be easier! Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with your hands (Just pretend its play dough!). Once a dough has formed use immediately.
Now you absolutely don’t have to use my vegan almond pastry, feel free to use a good shop bought one! But if you want them to be healthier and just as tasty, use mine! ?
Time for the assembly!! Ok I actually need to calm down for a second, woof all this talk of Christmas has me uber excited!!!! Breath, ok here we go…?
First rule of fight club………… Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll the dough out between two pieces of baking parchment until it’s about 1cm thick. Cut out round circles that are slightly bigger than your muffin baking tray (I use a glass!) and then gently push the pastry into each hole until they look like little cups. Tip: I grease the baking tray with a little coconut oil as when they’re cooked they pop right out! ?
Next, spoon enough mincemeat filling into each cup so that it comes right to the top. With the leftover pastry, squish it together and roll it out again. This is what we’re going to use for the decoration.
Now you can decorate them in whatever style you want, go crazy! You could do holly leaves, hearts, or stars whatever! Just enjoy yourself. Here, I decided to go with stars (Because I’m cool like that ha ha ha) so I got a smaller glass to cut out a circle that was the same size as the holes in my muffin tray. I then cut out a little star from the centre of each and gently pop the lids on by gently pushing down the sides so the lids touch the pastry underneath.
I generally do half with the lids and then half with the left over stars ⭐️as I think they look cute but like I said do your thing! Once decorated pop into the oven for approx 12 -15 minutes it really depends on the oven! But you want them to be golden and beautiful. Enjoy my lovelies and if anyone makes them send me a pic! I’d love to see how you got on! ? xxxx
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