Serves: Makes 12 mince pies
Time to prepare: 20 mins
Time to cook: 50 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Vegan
For the filling
2 apples (200g)
2 tsp vanilla essence
Juice of 2 oranges
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
For the crust
375g ground almonds
5 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp water
Core and chop the apples into small pieces. Place in a large saucepan.
Add the remaining filling ingredients and stir together.
Let the mince simmer and stew gently for about 30 minutes, until the apples are softened.
Place all the crust ingredients in a food processor. Process for a minute or so until everything has blended together. Sprinkle a gluten-free flour over work surface and roll the mix out so that it’s about ½cm thick.
Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
Grease some muﬃn tins with coconut oil and then mould the mix into the individual tins. Cut the remaining mixture into star shapes using a cutter. Place the tray of crusts in the oven for 8 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown. Remove and allow to cool.
Start assembling the pies. Put two heaped tsp of mince into each pie before placing a star over the middle of the mince. Bake the pies again for 8 minutes.