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Friday, 15 December 2017

Easy Mince Pies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Is it really Christmas if you haven't eaten a mince pie? I think not!

I love a delicious mince pie at this time of the year (in fact, I'm always tempted to eat them all year round!) - I love the delicately sweet taste, the festive spices, the juicy filling with the crumbly pasty. Since embarking on my lifestyle changing and cutting gluten and dairy out from my diet I've had to buy the 'free-from' mince pies from the supermarket, but they're often full of so many artificial ingredients and added sugars I don't like to eat too many of them. Of course it's perfectly fine to indulge, especially at Christmas time, but for those of you who'd like a healthier alternative or who'd like to get their back on this is the recipe for you.

This mince pie recipe is both gluten free and vegan, as well as being free from added refined sugars. It's also one of the easier mince pie recipes out there and you should be able to find all the ingredients in your local supermarket - hurrah!

I've been put off backing my own mincemeat before as I thought it would take forever, would require weird and hard to source ingredients and really I just couldn't be bothered with faffing about. But this year I took it upon myself to create a delicious yet simple and relatively quick mincemeat recipe that's full of natural goodness and tastes simply divine. The mince pie filling is made from a mixture of dried cranberries, sultanas and raisins with some apple juice and orange juice & zest for added sweetness and festive flavours. There's also vanilla extract, cinnamon and mixed spice which when added to the mix will create a heavenly smell around your kitchen - you just wait!

The pastry for these free-from mince pies is made of buckwheat flour, ground almonds, coconut oil (or vegan butter), medjool dates and flaxseed. Simple ingredients but they really do make a delightful gluten free pastry!

Enjoy these mince pies simply as they are (best enjoyed warm in my opinion) or with a dollop of vanilla coconut yogurt for a real treat.

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