Deliciously Ella’s Gluten-free mince pies

Makes: 12


For the mincemeat:
2 apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds only
100g raisins
100g sultanas
100g dried cranberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Juice of 2 oranges
1 tbsp coconut oil

For the crust:
400g ground almonds
6 tbsp coconut oil
20 medjool dates (about 400g)
Gluten-free flour for dusting surface


1. Place the mincemeat ingredients into a saucepan and stir.  Simmer for about 30 minutes, until the apples are soft.

2. Meanwhile, make the crust. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4 Place all the remaining ingredients together in a food processer with 4 tbsp water and blend for a minute or so until everything has mixed together and the dates are totally broken down.

3. Sprinkle gluten-free flour over your surface and roll the mix out until it’s about ½ cm thick.

4. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with coconut oil and then mould the mix into the holes using a 10cm cutter. Place the tray of crusts in the oven for 8 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown.

5. Cut the remaining mixture into star shapes.

6. Remove the crusts from the oven. Spoon 2 heaped tsp mincemeat into each crust and place a star on top. Return to the oven and bake for another 8 minutes.

7. Remove the pies from the oven and leave to cool for 20 minutes.