Indian chef Mira Manek, known for adding a healthy twist to Indian classics, has cooked up a recipe for healthy mince pies with a base of chickpea flour, dates, oats & coconut oil and a delicious filling of dried fruits and cinnamon. These healthy mince pies are 100 per cent vegan and are sold at Raw Press and Grace Belgravia. Give them a go yourself with Mira’s vegan mince pie recipe, below.
‘If there’s one thing I indulge in at Christmas it is soft, warm and buttery mince pies. This is the first time I’ve ever tried making them using my own formulas and an entirely different crust (my signature coco fudge crust –with an additional handful of oats, cooked on the stove rather than baked) and they turned out incredible! My family, who love all things very sweet, soft and perfect, devoured these. Warm them up just a little and enjoy with a cup of masala chai or coffee….or indeed mulled wine.’ – Mira Manek
Vegan Mince Pies Recipe
(Makes 8 large mince pies)
For the crust:
- 100g coconut oil
- 100g chickpea flour
- 100g dates
- 70g oats (can use gluten-free oats)
For the filling:
- 2 apples, chopped in small pieces
- 100g prunes, about ¾ cup, chopped in small pieces
- 100g sultanas, about ¾ cup
- 80g cranberries, about ¾ cup
- juice of 1 orange
- juice of ½ lime
- some orange zest
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Start by making the mince. Place the apples in the saucepan first, squeeze the orange and lime and grate some of the orange zest into the pan. Stir and let the apples cook for a few minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and keep stirring. Let this cook on low heat while you make the crust for the pies.
- To make the crust melt the coconut oil in a large pan, then pour in the chickpea flour and start stirring on a low to medium heat. While stirring, warm the dates in a separate pan on low heat for a few minutes (especially if they are hard) so they melt easily when added to the chickpea flour and coconut oil mixture. Leave aside.
- You will need to continuously stir the chickpea flour mixture for around 15 minutes on low heat until the mixture starts to thicken and you notice the colour change very slightly from yellow to orange/light brown. As soon as you notice the colour change, add the oats and the warmed dates and remove from heat, still stirring vigorously until the dates start melting into the mixture. Let this cool down until it is cool enough to be able to handle it. You can remove the mince mixture from the heat and let this cool down now. Using a fork, gently mash the mince mixture so that it becomes more sticky.
- I prefer to use silicone cupcake moulds for these mince pies as it is much easier to remove the mince pies from them later. If using a muffin tin, then grease each tin with coconut oil. Mould the mix into individual tins and then cut the remaining mixture into stars or whichever shape you like (I used star moulds) to then go on top of the pies. Fill the mince mixture into the individual pies, then place the star shapes on top and place in the fridge.