Protein Mince Pies

Wait... did someone say Christmas? I don't know about you but this year has really flown by. It's crazy to think that Christmas is now looming upon us. However, I am really excited about the festive period. I love the atmosphere, Christmas music, and the food (especially leftovers!)  Another great thing about Christmas of course is the return of the Mince pie! Everybody loves a Mince Pie right? If you don't you have really been missing out. 

Now for you avid fitness fans I have been on the look out for a Mince pie recipe that is a great protein source, is healthy yet still tastes delicious and satisfying. These mince pies still pack a punch with flavour and are great as a snack or desert. I like my mince pies served with a little bit of low fat cream, but they taste amazing served just on their own.


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes


INGREDIENTS

For the Mince:

2 Apples

300g Dried Fruit

1tsp Vanilla extract

1tsp Coconut oil

1tsp Nutmeg

1tsp Ginger

1tsp Cinnamon

For the crust:

220g Almonds (grounded)

200g Walnuts 

2tbsp Coconut oil

1tbsp Honey

1tsp Cinnamon

1 Egg

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees

Chop the apples and place in a pan with the vanilla extract

Add the other ingredients to the pan and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes

For the crust, place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor or blender, adding in the oil, honey, cinnamon and the Egg. Blend until a dough like mixture is formed. Add a little water if necessary if the mixture is too dry.

Sprinkling flour over the surface, roll out the crust mix to around 0.5 - 1cm thick

Grease muffin tins with coconut oil and mould the crust into the individual tins. Keep the remaining dough mixture for later.

Cook the crusts for about 8 minutes or until they start to brown, then take out of the oven. Leave to cool.

Once the crusts have cooled and the mince has been simmered scoop 2tsps of mince into each pie. Using the remaining crust mixture, roll out and make into shapes, placing each shape on top of the mince pies. I like doing Christmas trees or stars, but any shape of your choice will be perfect

Cook in the oven for another 8 minutes

Enjoy!

Serves 24

4g Protein per serving

195 Calories per serving

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