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Fruity & delicious 'mince pie' balls: dairy-, gluten- and refined sugar-free

By Tessa of, Dec 21 2016 11:01AM

I created these as a substitute to mince pies, but there are delicious in their own right. As some of you may know, I'm currently dairy-, gluten- and refined sugar-free (but that's a story for another blog). They have the unctiousness of a great mince pie, but are lighter and healthier.

You'll need:

1 tea cup of raisings

1 tea cup of apricots (I like the unsulphured ones - hence the dark colour)

1 tea cup of pitted dates

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

1 heaped tablespoon of coconut oil (if solid, otherwise 1 and a half in liquid)

2 heaped tablespoons of ground almonds

This will make 15 walnut-sized balls.

Here's how to make them...

Put the dried fruit in a blender and blend until the pieces are evenly small. (Alternatively you can chop them, but make sure the pieces are small enough that they'll stick together.)

Melt the coconut oil in a bain marie (I put a cereal bowl over a small saucepan of boiling water and heat on a low heat until almost all the solid coconut oil is liquid, then switch off the heat. Directly heating the coconut oil will damage its healthy properties.)

Being careful not to burn your fingers, pour the liquid coconut oil into the dried fruit. Add the spices (and adjust according to taste). Mix well

Scoop out the mixture to make a walnut sized ball. Squish together and roll in your palms until you know it won't fall apart. You will get oily hands, but coconut oil is a good moisturiser so it's all fine. Then roll in the ground almonds for the 'pastry' of your mince pie.

Put in a container. When all the balls are finished, but the container in the fridge for 20 mins. Lick all the lovely stuff off your fingers. Keep in the fridge when not scoffing.


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