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Friday, 16 December 2016

How to make vegan mince pies

Vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, natural sugar, guilt-free

Only 9 day's to go until the big day. 
I've been very busy recently making lots of yummy vegan treats, and sharing them with you all to enjoy this holiday!
What's more festive than mince pies?...

I love mince pies, but i wanted to create a guilt-free version, which is not high in fats or sugar.

The pastry isn't like your usual short-crust pastry, as it contains wholesome ingredients like ground almonds which is good in protein, dates & coconut oil which help the mixture bind and add sweetness.

I tried out the Sweet Freedom naural fruit syrup and it works a dream in this recipe!
Sweet Freedom have created a range of fruity syrups & chocolate sauces which are 100% vegan.

I wanted to use the Sweet Freedom Fruit syrup as it contains apples & carob which i though would go really nicely in this recipe, and it does! This syrup contains natural fruit extracts and is 100% vegan. It is also non-gmo, and contains no additives, preservitives or chemicals. 
You can read more about this wonderful syrup here.
Oh, and this syrup won great taste award 2014! yay

Preperation- 15 minutes
Makes- Approximatly 30 mince pie's

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Ingredients for the Pastry
-200g of ground almonds
-200g of plain flour (i used gluten-free)
-1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (not melted)
-6 tablespoons of water
-380g of dates (pitted)

Ingredients for the filling
-4 small red apples (finely chopped)
-2 large oranges (juice + zest)
-2 tablespoons of sweetener ( I used Sweet Freedom fruit syrup, but you can use maple syrup or agave)
-80g of raisins
1 lemon (zest)
-1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
-1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
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Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees, gas mark 4.

Make the mince meat
Step 1- Chop the apple's into little chunks and place into a large saucepan and add in the orange juice & zest, sweetner, raisins, lemon zest, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Heat on low for 20-25 minutes until the apples soften.
While the mincemeat cooks, make the pastry.
Step 2- In a food processor, add in the ground almonds, flour, coconut oil, dates and water.
Whizz up until combined. this will take around 3-5 minutes on high.
Step 3- Grease 2 cupcake tins with dairy-free butter or coconut oil.

Step 4- Flour a clean work surface.

Step 5- Roll out the pastry until around 1/2cm thick.
Cut out with a circle cutter to fit in the cupcake tin, then place into the lined tin. With leftover pastry, cut out some decorative stars.
Step 6- Place the pastries case into the oven and allow to bake for 6-8 minutes.

Step 7- Once the pastry cases are slightly golden, remove them from the oven and fill each pastry case with your homemade mince meat and place a star on top.
Step 8- Pop the mince pies back into the oven and allow to bake for a further 8 minutes.
Once they've baked, place them onto a cooling rack to cool, or enjoy them warm.
For an extra Christmas touch, sprinkle over some icing sugar (optional)

Keep stored in a sealed container (once fully cool) 

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4 comments

  1. These little mince pies look absolutely delicious! :)

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    1. Hello,
      Thankyou so much! They are the best mince pies i have honestly ever had! Even my whole family & friends love them :) x

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  2. If you're blind baking the pastry cases don't they need to be filled with baking beans or similar?

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