Christmas Mince Pies

Merry Christmas! These fruity christmas mince pies are full of bioflavonoids! We all know cranberries contain antioxidants that help us fight infections, but did you know that they also have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that help to protect our heart and liver too? And we all know our little livers need all the help they can get throughout the festive season! I have added beautiful spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to add a rich spicy flavour (with the added health benefits of balancing blood sugar levels too).

This is a traditional recipe made into a healthy alternative!



Fruit mince:

2-3 naturally sweet apples, finely diced with the skin left on
1 cup of raisins (preferably sulphite free for suffers of allergies)
½ cup of cranberries
½ tsp. of ground cinnamon
½ tsp. of ground ginger
½ tsp. of ground nutmeg
(Instead of the above spices, you can use 1 1/2 tsp. of mixed spice also)
zest from ½ an orange
1 cup of nudie cranberry, raspberry & more crushie or simply use apple juice
½ tsp. of vanilla extract

Wholemeal spelt short crust:

1¼ cups of wholemeal spelt flour
120g. of butter (unsalted) and chilled
2 tbsp. of raw sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 egg
Pinch of sea salt
1-2 tbsp. of water to mix, if required



Fruit mince:

Combine apples, raisins and cranberries in a pot. Add the nudie cranberry, raspberry & more crushie, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), vanilla extract and the zest from the orange. Cover and simmer on a low heat for approximately 30 minutes. Occasionally stir and ensure it does not boil. If the fruit mince becomes too dry, add more nudie cranberry, raspberry & more crushie to moisten and simmer on a low heat for another 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture cool down. It’s now ready for action!

Wholemeal spelt short crust:

Combine wholemeal spelt flour, raw sugar (or maple syrup), and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into cubes and rub it into the flour with your fingertips. The mixture should look crumbly. Add vanilla extract, a little water and mix into a soft dough. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

After an hour you can roll out the dough on baking paper and cut into circles (a cutter makes this process a little easier). Lightly coat with oil and dust with flour to prevent sticking – place in tart trays for cooking. Add fruit mince – approx. 1 tbsp. per tart. Roll out the remainder of pastry and cut into star shapes. Place on top of tarts and sprinkle with a little extract raw sugar (or maple syrup).

Place in preheated oven (180 C) for 30 minutes until golden. Leave to cool before removing them from the tray to prevent breakage. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

(This recipe makes approximately 12 pies).