These healthy carrot and apple mince pies are easy to make, refined sugar-free and bursting with fruit and veg. They're a perfect Christmas treat for kids and grown-ups.
These healthy carrot, orange and apple mince pies are a wonderful treat for Christmas.
Traditionally, British mince pies are made with pastry filled with mince meat made of dried fruit, sugar and alcohol (such as rum or brandy).
However, these mince pies are full of nourishing ingredients, with no refined sugar.
Well, as long as you don't sprinkle confectioner's sugar on top.
Plus, they have fruit and veg and a flaky pastry crust. Yum!
I've lightened up the traditional mince pie filling by adding grated carrot and chopped apples. You still get the great taste of mincemeat, but with lower calories and a less 'heavy' taste.
A lighter version that taste delicious.
If you love these healthier carrot and apple mince pies, then I hope you'll love these other mince pie recipes too!
healthy Christmas traditions
Christmas with kids is absolutely magical.
Now that my son is 6 and my daughter is 4, this year will be completely filled with the joys of the holidays.
They understand all that's going on and they remember the traditions. Perhaps they'll even consider these apple mince pies to be family traditions!
We're starting to make more and more traditions, merging my husband's way of doing things with my family's, plus making up some of our own.
We always start Christmas with a cooked breakfast, often my daughter's beloved smoked salmon scrambled eggs.
We usually skip lunch on Christmas and instead have a very early dinner at 4.
In the middle of the day, to stop them picking at chocolates and biscuits, I'll usually make 'baby canapes'.
These are often served at our house and are simply chopped apples with peanut butter, and banana slices with a little sliver of chocolate in them.
I like that they think they're getting a chocolate treat, but their bellies get full of banana so they can't eat too much.
Other traditions that we have are that they always get to open one present on Christmas eve, which contains new pyjamas and a book.
They are also allowed to open their stockings as soon as they wake up (to hopefully buy us a few extra minutes in bed!) and stockings always have a satsuma in the toe, as well as a new toothbrush and a little treat.
Although I love to cook, my husband usually takes over Christmas dinner.
The kids play with their new toys and let us get on with things in the kitchen. Then they happily tuck in!
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Healthy Carrot and Apple Mince Pies
- 2 apples
- 1 carrot
- 1 orange
- Juice of 1 additional orange
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 6 tbsp raisins
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 package shortcrust pastry
- Powdered icing sugar optional
- Peel the apples and orange and dice into 1cm cubes.
- Peel and grate the carrot.
- Put the apples, orange and carrot into a saucepan with the orange juice, zest, raisins, honey and cinnamon.
- Heat the pan gently for 25 minutes until the fruit is soft.
- Preheat oven to 200C/180fan/400F, lightly grease the cups of a tart or muffin tray.
- Roll out the pastry and cut into rounds slightly larger than the holes in the muffin tray.
- Cut the scraps into shapes with a star cookie cutter. Re-roll the pastry if necessary.
- Place the circles into the tart/muffin tray, add a heaped teaspoon of the filling and top with a pastry star.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and allow to cool before serving.
- Optional: dust the tarts with powdered icing sugar.