Fruit mince bites!

I absolutely LOVE mince pies & becoming dairy free obviously has provided some restraints!! in that department however this is my version of the delicious spicy sweet Christmas tradition! Other than the dried and fresh fruit there is no added sugar!

Preheat oven to 175ºC                                                                                                                          makes 16-18 mini tarts

INGREDIENTS:CRUST

  • 1 cup     rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup  pepita meal(or use almond meal)
  •  3tbs      dairy free butter
  • 1/2 tsp   orange zest(fresh)
  • 2 tb        honey           

METHOD:  

  1. Add oats and pepitas to food processor and blitz until it becomes a meal consistency
  2. Melt DF butter, honey and zest on the stove(not too hot)  
  3. Pour warm butter mix into meal
  4. Process until it comes together
  5. Spray mini muffin tins(or any tin of choice here)
  6. Press crust into moulds - make sure it's evenly spread to prevent burning
  7. Rest for 30 mins in the freezer while you start on the fruit mix                         
  8. Once crust has set - place in oven for 5-8 mins
  9. Bake well to a firm crust
  10. Take out once golden in color - run a knife around the edge just to loosen
  11. Cool - store in airtight container if not using immediately                                                                                   

INGREDIENTS:FRUIT MINCE MIX

  • 1 cup     chopped apple(about pea size) - firmly fill the cup
  • 1tsp       orange zest
  • 1 cup     apple puree(it helps to thicken the mince)
  • 1/3 cup   cranberries - dried
  • 1/3 cup   sultanas
  • 1/2 cup   currants
  • 1/8 tsp    gr ginger
  • 1/4 tsp    mixed spice
  • 1 1/2 tb   DF butter

METHOD:  

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot on the stove
  2. Simmer mix over heat until mix thickens(depending on your heat - 20 mins approx)
  3. Allow to cool
  4. Fill crust shells just prior to eating :)

This mix gets better over time - so if you can make it one day and eat the next, the spices get into the fruit and it's sooooo good!

OOOOhhhhhhh this is such a delicious little mouthful, I found it hard to stop at just one!