I was determined this Christmas to develop a mince pie recipe that was a little healthier. I only became a mince pie convert in the last few years and every Christmas it's hard not to try and make up for lost time. But finally I did it. I've made mince pies healthy (ish).
This recipe is wheat free (I used spelt flour) but not gluten free. However you could easily use almond or rice flour instead. Clearly there's some natural sugar in the filling but crucially no added sugar at all. This makes these a much healthier alternative than the ones you buy in the shops.
So give them a go and let me know what you think.
What you need:
For the pastry:
- 85g spelt flour
- 31ml almond milk
- 22g butter
- 1 desert spoon of maple syrup
For the filling:
- 1 small apple (diced)
- 40g raisins
- 10g chopped almonds
- 10g chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed (optional)
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp mixed spice
- Orange zest and juice
- 1tsp vanilla extract
For the topping:
- 40g melted coconut oil
- 40g crushed pecan nuts
- 75g oat flour
- 1tsp cinnamon
What you do:
- Pre-heat the oven to 160c
- Combine all the ingredients for the filling in a pan. Add a little water (around 30ml), cover and leave to simmer for around 30 minutes. Add a little more water if it begins to run dry.
- For the base, sieve the flour into a bowl.
- Add the butter and mix until it forms a texture like breadcrumbs.
- Add the maple syrup and a little milk and mix the dough into a ball. It shouldn't be sticky.
- To make the topping pour the melted coconut oil and add the pecans, oat flour and the tsp of cinnamon.
- Mix all these ingredients together.
- Construction time. Coat your worktop with a little spelt flour and roll your pastry thinly.
- Cut the bases with a cookie cutter and put into a fairly cake tray. I use silicone cases (they're fab).
- When the filling has cooked and slightly cooled (it should be gooey) put a teaspoon in each pastry case.
- Add a little of the topping over the top and make sure you cover all the mincemeat.
- Put your mince pies in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the top starts to brown.
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top (or icing sugar) and enjoy.