Christmas superfood mince pies (that can be eaten raw or baked!)

Raw mince pies for Christmas

You gotta love mince pies! They are so comforting and festive tasting.

These ones are raw mince pies – as in all of the ingredients are from natural sources and there is no cooking involved. The pastry is made from oats, ground almonds and coconut oil! I added chia seeds too – but it’s optional. They are seriously tasty in their raw food state, however, they are super versatile and can be cooked if you want the base to have a short crust pastry consistency.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 100g dates
  • 100g sultanas
  • 50g walnuts
  • 1 small orange
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (plus rind)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • thumb of fresh ginger (optional)

Pastry

  • 200g oats
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 100g coconut oil or coconut butter (unmelted)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds soaked (for at least 5 minutes with 3 tablespoons of oat or rice milk (or water)
  • Pinch Himalayan/sea salt

Method

  1. To make the filling, grate the rind off of the orange and lemon. Peel the orange.
  2. In a food processor, blend the dates with the orange and lemon rind, the rest of the peeled orange and lemon juice. Blend until sticky.
  3. Add the walnuts, ginger and spices. Blend again until almost smooth (but still a bit nutty).
  4. Scrape down the sides of the processor and add the sultanas. Blitz for a maximum of 5 seconds – purely to mix the sultanas but not blend them.
  5. Empty the mixture out of the processor and keep to one side.
  6. You’ll use the food processor again to make the pastry – but there’s no need to wash it in between. Just add the pastry ingredients (the sticky residue in the processor will help the pastry to bind).
  7. To make the pastry, blend the oats, ground almonds and coconut oil together until it mixes.
  8. Add in chia/milk mixture and blend again until the ingredients start to bind and it looks like pastry. You may need a splash more liquid if it doesn’t bind – and get your hands involved to knead it together. If you find that it’s too sticky, add more oats and blitz a bit longer. It really depends on the coconut oil/butter you use. Leave in the fridge the harden for a while too if need be.
  9. On an even surface, flatten out the pastry (use your hands rather than a rolling pin) and make mince pie size circles (using a pastry cutter if you have one). I actually used a small cup to cut out the circles and then moulded them over the bottom of the cup to give them a lip.photo 3
  10. Add 1-2 teaspoons of filling to each pastry case. Pop in fridge for 30 minutes to set. Keep them here until ready to serve.
  11. As they are raw mince pies, they taste delish just like this. HOWEVER. the bonus of this recipe is that they can be baked. So, if you wish… bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees celsius) for 15 minutes, until the edges become golden brown.
  12. Decorate your festive fancies with with pomegranate seeds, blueberries, nuts, anything you fancy. Sprinkle with maca powder for a ‘dust of snow’ effect!
  13. Serve with avocado. Go on. Dare you 🙂

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