Raw Mince Pies Recipe – Vegan & Gluten-free
This is my first Christmas recipe on the blog this year…yay!
Delicious raw/no-bake mince pies that are so easy to make and taste amazing without any added sugar, dairy or wheat!
When I first moved to the UK around 11 years ago (my goodness how time flies!) and during my first ever proper Christmas day celebration with my uncles, granddad and cousins, I tried a mince pie for the first time.
Did I like it? NO!
I actually hated it! First of all I found the name so confusing. You would assume a mince pie would contain minced meat, but instead I had a mouth full of raisins, which I wasn’t too keen on. I wasn’t keen on the the flavour and texture overall. Those were the days when my taste buds were still underdeveloped as I hadn’t experienced anything like that growing up in Iraq.
Having said that, there were a lot of things I ‘hated’ when I first moved here, avocado being one of them…WHAT??
11 years on and I now like almost anything! I’m not a fussy eater at all and there is only a few things I don’t like, mince pies definitely not being one of them!
I have learned to appreciate and come to love all kinds of different flavours and textures. I guess that’s one of the many advantages of being a foodie at heart.
These raw mince pies are so easy to make using ingredients that are easy to find at most supermarkets – no fancy superfoods or trendy ingredients here so anyone and everyone can make them! They’re vegan, gluten-free and much much healthier than the shop bought version.
For the base, I’m using a simple mix of oats (ground into a flour), ground almonds, milled flaxseed and melted coconut oil to help bring the ingredients together.
For the filling, I blended together apricots, dates and raisins with some festive spices and orange peel. Couldn’t be easier to make and tastes so Christmassy!
- 1 + 1/4 cup (150g) oat flour (plain oats ground into a flour in the food processor) - use gluten-free oats if you're allergic/intolerant
- 1/2 cup (50g) ground almonds
- 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4.5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup (65g) raisins
- 1/2 cup (90g) dates
- 1/2 cup (100g) dried apricots
- 1.5 tsp mixed spice
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
- Juice of 1 orange - about 6 tbsp
- Zest of 1 orange
- Blend all the ingredients together until the texture somewhat resembles that of mince meat.
- To make the base - mix together all the ingredients until you have a crumbly dough.
- Place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Press into a 12 cup mini silicon muffin tray saving about 1/4 of the mixture to create the star shaped topping.
- Transfer to the freezer and chill for 30-60 minutes to make the cups easier to remove from the tray.
- Take out of the freezer and start filling with the mince meat mixture.
- Use the remaining of the base mixture to create stars - sprinkle a little bit of flour on a clean kitchen surface and start rolling out the dough. Using a small star shaped cookie cutter, cut out star shapes and use it to top the pies.
- Store in the fridge until ready to eat.