GF Vegan Christmas Mince Pies (No Refined Sugar)

November 17, 2021
Mince pies (or mincemeat pies) are mini pies filled with sweet and spiced dried fruit mixture. This British dessert originally used to contain meat too, hence the name mincemeat pie, and were traditionally eaten for Christmas. The recipe dates back to centuries, yet no one knows how it got to be as it is today.

To make the recipe alcohol-free, you can use orange juice or apple juice to soak your fruits and nuts in.

You can use any dried fruits you love or have. For this version I used dates, cranberries, figs, prunes and apricots.
vegan mince pies on a decorative plate

GF Vegan Christmas Mince Pies (No Refined Sugar)

Recipe Type: Sweets
utensils YIELDS 12
herb graphic for recipe card
  • 100 g Dried fruits
  • 25 g Finely hopped walnuts
  • 1 Grated apple
  • 1 tsp Orange zest
  • 1 tsp Fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Brandy or sherry
  • 30 g Coconut oil
  • 75 g GF flour
  • 7 tbsp Water
  • 75 g Ground almond
        graphic for recipe card


1. In a large bowl, mix together the dried fruits with orange zest, grated apple, ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Add enough brandy or sherry (or orange juice) to cover the mix. Keep it covered and store in the fridge for at least 24 hours to let the flavors to meld together.

2. Then using another bowl, combine coconut oil, flour and ground almonds with the water and form a firm dough with your hands. Add the water a tablespoon at a time to avoid overdoing it.

3. Heat the oven to 180°C.

4. Flour a clean, flat surface and roll out the dough to a 1/2 cm thick rectangular shape. Try to avoid breaking.

5. Using a cookie cutter or a glass upside down, cut out circles of the dough. Place them in a greased muffin tin and gently press down on the edges in each muffin hole.

6. Once done, fill each pie with the mince (about 1 tbsp each).

7. Roll out the remaining dough and cut out the top of the pies. I used a cookie stamp to create a snowflake on top of each, you can leave them plain. Sometimes i end up with less dough, then being creative helps. Usually cutting out star shapes save me.

8. Place the tops over the mince on each pie.

9. Bake the pies in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the pasty is firm and golden. Let them cool before removing from the muffin tin to keep them more firm.

Get more like this—Sign up for our daily inspirational newsletter for exclusive content!


Photo: Imola Toth

Imola is a Hatha and Ashtanga yoga teacher, tree planter and writer and editor of Raised by the Wolf, an online magazine for Wild Women, with a passion for exploring and life outdoors. Originally from Hungary but currently planting trees and rewilding the enchanting forests of France. Hop over to RBTW magazine, and blog and follow her on Instagram @yogiraisedbythewolf


always stay inspired!