HEALTHY MINCE PIES

At Christmas you shouldn’t have to feel like you need to restrict yourself, so we’ve created a recipe for a slightly healthier version of a mince pie. These have all the flavours and spices of Christmas and are perfect served alone or heated up alongside some natural yoghurt.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 eating apples
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 additional orange
  • 1 tsp orange zest, use one of the orange skins above for this
  • 6 tbsp raisins
  • 1-2 tbsp runny honey or agave syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pack of shortcrust pastry

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel the apples and orange and dice into small pieces
  2. Peel and grate the carrot into fine sections
  3. Put the apples, orange and carrot into a saucepan with the orange juice, zest, raisins, honey and cinnamon. Then heat for 20 minutes until the mixture is nice and soft
  4. Preheat oven to 200C, lightly grease the cups of a tart or muffin tray
  5. Roll out the pastry and cut into circles big enough to fill the holes in the tray
  6. Use a cookie cutter or create your own stencil for a more rustic look to make the star out of the left over pastry for the top of your mince pies
  7. Place the circles into the muffin tray then add a heaped teaspoon of the fruity filling and carefully place your pastry star on top
  8. Bake for 10 minutes until golden and allow to cool before serving
  9. To give it a real mince pie feeling dust with some optional icing sugar and then serve with some natural yoghurt