Grain-Free Vegan Mince Pies

Recipe by Julia Gibson






Serves 12

If you love orange, dried fruit and warm spices, then mince pies are for you! These ones are grain-free, with a simple almond flour crust, and filled with a homemade mince full of apples, orange zest, four types of dried fruit and lots of christmassy spices.


  1. 1

    Start by making the crust: Combine the ground flax with the water and allow it to sit and form into a gel. In a large bowl, combine the flax mixture with the almond flour, maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and kosher salt. Use a fork to cut the coconut oil and maple syrup into the flour until a dough forms. Split the dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Add the apples, raisins, cranberries, prunes, apricots, orange juice, orange zest, remaining tablespoon of coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla extract to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover with a lid and stir regularly for about 30 minutes until the apples soften.

  3. 3

    Preheat oven to 350℉ and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil.

  4. 4

    Remove 1/2 the dough from the fridge and roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a round cookie cutter that’s just slightly wider than the muffin molds. Carefully press the rounds into the muffin tins, fixing any cracks with your fingers.

  5. 5

    Fill each crust with the mincemeat filling. Roll out the second half of dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it’s 1/4 inch thick. Use a mini star shaped cookie cutter to cut out 12 stars. Place on top of each pie.

  6. 6

    Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool completely before serving with a sprinkling of icing sugar or coconut flour to keep it paleo.

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