Healthy Christmas Recipes - Mince Pies

These mince pies by nutritionist Madeleine Shaw are loaded with goodness, each bite is light and delicate and won’t leave you feeling weighed down or sluggish. You can find more delicious recipes like this from her book Get the Glow.


Makes 10-12

For the pastry:

175g of buckwheat flour (rice flour, quinoa flour, gluten free flour or ground almonds)

100g of ground almonds

3 tbsp of butter (or coconut oil)

1 small pinch of salt

6 pitted Medjool dates

1 vanilla bean scraped

1 tbsp of water

For the mince pie filling:

250g of raisins

200g of cranberries

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 tsp of ginger

1/2 tsp of nutmeg

1 pinch of salt

3 oranges

1 vanilla pod

coconut sugar for topping


Preheat the oven to 150C.

To make the filling:

  • Zest one orange and juice all three.
  • Scrape out the vanilla pod and place all the ingredients into a pot and place on a low heat for 30 minutes.

To make the pastry:

  • Place the ground almonds, flour, and salt into the food processor and blend.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (apart from the water) then slowly add the water so the pastry forms together.
  • Grease 10-12 cupcake tins with butter or coconut oil and push the pastry mix into the bottom of the tins with your thumbs until it fills the sides (about 1/2 cm thick).
  • Then place 1 tbsp of the mince mixture into each shell. Repeat this for all.
  • With the rest of the pastry, roll it out between two baking paper sheets and cut out circular shapes to place on top of the mincemeat.
  • Sprinkle over some coconut sugar to give it a nice sweet top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp.

Another idea to add to your healthy Christmas menu is this festive, raw Christmas pudding.   

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