It drives me a little crazy that all the vegan and free-from mince pies out there are full of sugar and other rubbish.  So, here are some that aren’t and guess what?  They taste delicious also! Winner!


Makes: 16 – 18 Mince Pies

Pastry Ingredients:

400g of almonds, ground

400g dates

4 tbsp. of coconut oil

1 tbsp. vanilla extract (non-alcoholic)

2 tbsp. agave nectar

2 tbsp. of water



  1. Preheat oven to 180C / gas mark 4
  2. While the fruit is cooking, add all the pastry ingredients to a food processor and process until well blended
  3. Grease each section of a bun tin with a little melted coconut oil
  4. Flour your kitchen side and roll pastry out to around 0.5cm thick and cut out circles to fit your bun tin
  5. Place the pastry circles in the bun tin and put in the oven for 5 minutes (they will still appear moist when removed)
  6. With the remaining pastry, cut out shapes for the top of the pies (I like hearts, but stars or circles work well also)
  7. Add filling and place pastry on top (do not overfill)
  8. Place in over for 10-12 minutes
  9. Again they will appear soft, but they will harden when they cool down
  10. Add vegan cashew cream to serve if you fancy and extra special treat


Filling Ingredients:

2 apples, chopped into small pieces

50g apricots, chopped

100g raisins

50g sultanas

Juice and zest of 3 oranges

2 tbsp. agave nectar

2 tbsp. of coconut oil

1 tsp. mixed spice, ground

2 tsp. of cinnamon, ground

1 tsp. of ginger, ground

1 tsp. vanilla extract



  1. Slice the oranges into fours (with the skin will on) and juice
  2. Add the juice and all the other ingredients to a saucepan and cook on a low heat until everything is tender and the juice has been absorbed

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