Grain-Free Mince Pies

 

As Christmas is just around the corner I've been playing around with mince pie recipes. Let's face it these really are the ultimate festive food and just because you follow a certain lifestyle it doesn't mean you should miss out!

Recipe

For the mince:

  • 2 braeburn apples
  • 70g cranberries
  • 70g sultanas
  • 70g raisins
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • Generous dash of cloves
  • Pinch of all spice
  • Juice of 2 oranges

For the pastry: 

  • 1 1/2 cups chestnut flour 
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour 
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • Coconut oil for greasing

 

Method: 

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
  2. Chop the apples into small squares, add them to a saucepan with all the mince ingredients and cover. Place over a low heat for around 25-30 minutes, until the juice has been absorbed and all the fruit is soft. 
  3. Sift the chestnut flour, buckwheat flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, vanilla powder and mixed spice into a bowl and combine. 
  4. Add the eggs and the coconut oil to a separate bowl and mix well. Then pour into the dry ingredients and mix well until a dough texture forms. 
  5. Roll out the mix into circles, grease a tart tin with coconut oil and push the dough circles into the tart cases. Bake for 6 minutes. Ensure you leave some dough to cover the pies. 
  6. With the remaining dough, cut out squares to top the pies.
  7. Remove from the oven and fill with 1-2 tsp of mince per pie. Top with the stars and return to the oven for 5 minutes.