Healthy Mince Pies
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup (100g) of almonds
  • 1 cup (100g) of (gluten free) oats
  • ½ teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut flakes (optional, for sprinkling)
For the mince meat:
  • 2 small apples
  • 1 pear
  • ⅔ cup (100g) of raisins
  • ⅓ cup (50g) of goji berries or more raisins
  • ¼ tonka bean
  • the juice of one organic orange
  • zest of ½ organic orange
  • zest of ½ organic lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (350°F). Grease six muffin molds in a muffin tray with coconut oil.
  2. To make the dough, blitz the almonds and oats in a food processor until a fine flour forms. Add all the other ingredients and process into a dough. You can also do this with your hands if you do not have a food processor. Place the dough into the fridge for 30 minutes while making the mince meat.
  3. For the mince meat, cut the apples and pear, remove their cores and cut them into small pieces. Add all ingredients except for the tonka bean to a pot. Grind the tonka bean with a small gringer, and add it to the other ingredients. Cook the "meat" over medium heat for about 15 - 20 minutes until soft. Set aside.
  4. Take the dough out the fridge and separate it into 8 equal balls. Roll out each ball into a round flat disk and gently fold it into the muffin molds. Press it into the fold with your hands. It does not need to reach up to the edges of the molds, it just needs to cover the ground and about half of the sides. Pre-bake the mince pie bases for about 7 - 8 minutes then take them out of the oven.
  5. Roll out the two remaining dough balls between two sheets of baking paper and cut out six stars with a cookie cutter.
  6. Fill about 1 - 2 tablespoons of mince meat into each mince pie, gently pressing down the cut-out stars on top of each filling. Place the mince pies back into the oven and bake for another 10 - 12 minutes. Watch them carefully, so they do not burn. You might only need 9 minutes of baking depending on your oven.
  7. Finally take the mince pies out of the oven and let them cook completely before sprinkling them with a little bit of shredded coconut flakes.
Notes
This recipe only makes 6 mince pies. If you want to make more, just double the amount of ingredients.
If you do not have a food processor or strong blender, use 200g of ground nuts instead.
Recipe by Heavenlynn Healthy at http://www.heavenlynnhealthy.com/christmas-menu-dessert-healthy-mince-pies/