My first sugar-free Christmas - Sugar free mince pies!

Four months ago I finally got answers to the conundrum that has been my declining health. After over a year of self-imposed lifestyle changes that included a vegan, gluten-free and alcohol-free diet, I finally received my test results from the naturopath that told me that I have intolerances to foods that I was yet to remove from my diet, namely sugar (white and brown sugar) and soy, as well as a very pesky combination intolerance of grain + potato. Which means that this holiday season, I’ll be sugar free for the first time in my life.

I love candy, chocolate and ice cream, so cutting the sugar has not been that enjoyable, however for the most part I’ve been able to avoid feeling like I’m missing out through gravitating towards naturally sweet foods like fruit and honey and experimenting with baking with other sugars like coconut sugar or agave. However as the Holiday period ramped up, I felt a pang of FOMO as I watched my boyfriend and my friends demolish Christmas treats like Mince Pies and galaxy milk chocolate (imported from England).

I turned to google, wondering if sugar-free mince pies were possible, and was pleasantly surprised when I found this recipe that required no refined sugar or brandy, as I begrudge buying a bottle of booze to use for mince pies only for it to sit in a cupboard gathering dust. I made a few amendments to the recipe, so I’ll list below what I used. The main issue I encountered was finding dried cranberries without added sugar, so I substituted these for dates that I had in my cupboard.

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The mincemeat (all fruit, no meat!) smelled soooo good as it was cooking away on the stove and I started feeling a lot more Christmas-y as the citrus aroma filled my apartment. Making the pastry out of oats turned out better than expected, although when I do it again next time I’ll add a little more water as the consistency was a little on the thick side. Despite that, they turned out great, and tasted delicious after heating in the microwave and dolloping some unsweetened almond milk yoghurt on top!

Ingredients

Fruit Mince

  • 500 g apple

  • 250 g sultanas

  • 110 g dates

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • Juice of 1 orange

  • 1/2 zest of orange

  • 500 ml water

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Oat Cup Base

  • 175 g rolled oats

  • 50 g dessicated coconut

  • 70 g almond flour

  • 2 tbsp cold coconut oil

  • 2 tbsp honey/pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp water

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