Baking, Desserts, Vegan, Vegetarian

Healthier Mince Pies

Cooking method:

  • Prep Time: 1h 20 mins
  • Total time: 1h 20 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 4 people

Healthier Mince Pies

Who doesn’t love mince pies over the festive season?! And these dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan ones mean no one has to miss out! Part of the joy of this recipe is making your own mincemeat which is super easy and contains no refined sugar but still tastes absolutely divine.

Utensils required


Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Nuts


For the pastry

  • 200g buckwheat flour
  • 50g  brown rice flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp  cinnamon
  • 50g coconut sugar
  • 50g coconut oil, melted
  • 4-5 tbsp  almond milk
  • Zest of 1 orange (optional)

For the mincemeat

  • 200g stewed apples (with no sugar)
  • 40g  raisins
  • 40g chopped dates
  • 40g  dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp mixed spice

To dust

  • Coconut milk powder
  • Cranberry powder

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  • Step 1

    Make the pastry: Place all of the ingredients into your Ninja Kitchen Nutri Ninja and pulse until a dough forms. Roll into a ball and wrap with clingfilm then place in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile make the mincemeat: Place the dried fruit, nectar or syrup, orange juice and mixed spice in a pan and simmer for 10 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft. Set aside and mix in the stewed apples. Leave to cool and keep in a kilner jar in the fridge (for up to 1 week) until needed.

  • Step 3

    Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out onto a floured surface. Cut out 6 large circles to fill a greased 6-hole muffin tin as your pie cases. Use the remaining dough to cut out mini Christmas tree shapes (or whatever other shapes you have) that will fit on top of your mince pies. Place these on a lined baking sheet.

  • Step 4

    Bake the pie cases for 10 minutes, the small shapes will only need 4-5 minutes. Leave to cool.

  • Step 5

    Once ready to serve, spoon some of the mincemeat filling into each pie and top with a shape. Dust over coconut milk powder through a sieve then some cranberry powder. Enjoy!