Mince Pies

I honestly never thought I could create a recipe for healthy mince pies that would actually work so I am so excited to share this recipe with you, especially as there’s an awesome video to go with it so you can follow along! I made the video for Waitrose and when we finished filming everyone gobbled up all the pies and absolutely loved them, no matter what their dietary preferences were! These pies hold together perfectly, even as you eat them. The pastry is delicious and the mince is so sweet and fruity – so each bite is truly delicious. I always thought the concept of mince pies was totally weird, I mean the name itself is terrible and very unappetizing, so for those of you that are thinking the same thing I totally understand your lack of enthusiasm for these little pies! You have to trust me though and try this version, as it’s really one of my favourite recipes I’ve ever created and I think you’ll feel the same, plus it will make you feel so Christmassy, which always makes everyone happy! I have to warn you that the fruity mix is so addictive and if you’re anything like me you may find you’ve eaten half of it before it’s time for it to go into the pies, so it may be worth making extra – it’s also so delicious stirred into porridge or coconut yoghurt for breakfast.

Makes 12 mince pies

For the crust

– 400g of ground almonds

– 6 tablespoons of coconut oil

– 4 tablespoons of water

– 20 medjool dates (400g)

For the mince

– 2 apples (200g)

– 1 vanilla pod

– 100g raisins

– 100g sultanas

– 100g dried cranberries

– the juice of 2 oranges

– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon of ginger

Start by making the mince. Chop the apples into small pieces (discarding the core) and place them into a saucepan

Slice the vanilla pod in half and scrape the seeds into the pan. Then add in all the remaining ingredients and stir it together

Let the mince simmer for about 30 minutes, until the apples are nice and soft

While the mince cooks make the crust. Place all the crust ingredients together in a food processor and blend for a minute or so until everything has mixed together and the dates are totally broken down. Then sprinkle flour over a surface and roll the mix out so that it’s about half a cm thick

Heat the oven to 180C

Grease muffin tins with coconut oil and then mould the mix into the individual tins, once you’ve done this cut the remaining mixture into shapes (I normally do stars), these will go on top of the pies. Then place the tray of crusts in the oven for 8 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown – at which point take them out and allow them to cool while the mince mix finishes cooking

Once the mince has cooked start assembling the pies. Simply add two heaped teaspoons of mince into each pie before placing a star over the middle of the mince. Bake the pies again for 8 minutes

Once they’ve baked leave for twenty minutes to cool and finish setting before enjoying!