I never thought there could (or would) ever be a healthier version of mince pies until I created this spicy Arabian-inspired recipe. It started with a concept in the holiday period, and they were noshed by family and friends. Why? Well the pastry holds so well, that bite after mouthwatering bite, you'll soon discover just how sweet the mince filling is and very fruity too, of which the flavour is accompanied by hints of cinnamon. Try the recipe for yourself:

Crust:

1 ½ cups almonds
2 cups ground oats
1 cup dates
5 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons water

Mince:

2 red apples
¾ cup raisins
¾ cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1 vanilla pod
2 cups fresh orange juice

Method:

  • In a food processor, ground the almonds and oats to a fine powder.
  • Add all of the other ingredients to the almond and oat flour mixture and mix well until a dough forms.
  • Next put all of the ingredients for the mince into a pan and allow them to cook on low flame for 30mins. Keep stirring occasionally.
  • While the mince is cooking, sprinkle flour on the surface of the table and roll out the dough to 1cm in thickness.
  • Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil.
  • Using a round cookie cutter, cut out round shapes from the flour and place them into the muffin tins.
  • Allow for the crust to bake for 5mins in a preheated oven at 180c.
  • With the remaining flour, cut out stars or any cookie cutter shape you have, this will go on top of the pies.
  • By now, your mince will be ready. Take out the crust from the oven and add 2 large teaspoons of mince into each individual muffin tin.
  • Top it off with the shapes you cut out previously from the remaining flour and cook for another 10-12mins at 180c.
  • Allow for the pies to cool and serve.

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