Guilt Free Mince Pies

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These mince pies are more like healthy little fruit pies. With no gluten, dairy or processed sugar they are suitable for most dietary requirements and taste waaaaaay better than sickly sweet shop brought versions! (above picture courtsey of goodtoknow.co.uk)

Ingredients

For the fruit filling:
2 apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
1 tsp vanilla essence
250g aprox mixed sulatanas, raisins, cranberries
2 tsp mixed spice

Juice of 2 oranges

For the crust:
400g ground sunflower seeds
6 tbsp coconut oil
16-20 large juicy medjool dates
1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Method

1. Pop all of your fruit filling ingredients into a saucepan and simmer on a low heat until the apple are soft, set to one side.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4 Place the crust ingredients  in a food processer with and blend for until a dough has formed.

3. Sprinkle gluten-free flour on to your surface androlling pin. Roll the crust out until it’s about ½ cm thick.cut half of your crust in to circles and half in to stars.

4. Grease a muffin tin with plenty of coconut oil and then mould the crust cirlces into the holes. Blind bake the tray of crusts in the oven for 8 minutes.

5. Remove the crusts from the oven. Spoon 2 heaped tsp fruti filling into each crust and top with a star. Return to the oven and bake for another 8 minutes.

6. Remove the pies from the oven, enjoy warm or cool on a wire rack and freeze for a rainy day!

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