Traditional mince pies are a classic Christmas treat. With warm spices and a butter pastry, one bite will get you into the festive mood.
However, if you obey a grain free diet, it can be difficult to find good recipes for mince pies.
The pastry is either the wrong texture or it doesn’t hold its shape very well, cracking and splitting as it is cooked.
And this is where this article comes in.
We have put together this list of 10 of the best grain-free pastry fruit mince pies recipes so that you can enjoy this holiday treat.
These recipes are straightforward and easy to follow, so you will easily be able to recreate them in your own kitchen. Keep reading to find your perfect mince pie.
This recipe uses gluten-free all purpose flour which is grain free. It makes a good, thick pastry that is easy to work with. This means that it shapes well, allowing you to create beautiful shapes and cutouts for the pies.
The pastry has a deliciously flaky texture and a buttery taste when cooked. We bet you won’t be able to tell that it is grain free.
Moreover, you can bake the pies in a muffin tin, so there is no need to buy a special tartlet tin.
You can also make the pies in advance as they store well in an airtight container. This will make it much easier for you if you are preparing for a festive party.
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Second in our look at grain-free pastry fruit mince pies recipes we have one from celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver.
This recipe includes a step by step guide for making your own mincemeat filling, so you don’t have to use a store bought one. How great it that?
The mincemeat will keep in the fridge for up to a week so you can make another batch of mince pies at a later date. Tapioca and chickpea flour are used for the pastry. These 2 ingredients combine to create a light texture with a good structure.
Make sure you chill the pastry for 30 minutes before rolling it out as this will make it easier to work with and will help it to keep its shape while it is cooked.
It takes 15 to 20 minutes to bake the pies after around 20 minutes of preparation time (not including soaking the fruit overnight).
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This recipe easily becomes dairy free by replacing the butter with hard margarine. Don’t you love a flexible recipe?
It makes the dough a bit softer which can be difficult to work with, so make sure you keep the dough chilled.
Even without dairy products, the pastry still tastes very buttery and has a lovely flaky texture.
The grain free flour doesn’t contain any gluten, so xanthan gum is used to bind the pastry together and give it the elasticity needed to roll it out.
The pastry doesn’t shrink in the oven like some other grain free pastry recipes, and it doesn’t fall apart as you are shaping it.
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Almond flour is used in this pie crust to make it gluten free. Almond flour is very fine which gives the pastry a lovely, light consistency.
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It is also low in carbohydrates, making this recipe suitable for anyone on a keto diet.
There are no added sugars in this recipe, so you can eat these delicious mince pies totally guilt free.
The fruit is flavoured with nutmeg, cloves, mixed spice and cardamon, creating a delightful warm spiced taste that will instantly put you in a festive mood.
The brandy is optional. If you would prefer to make these mince pies alcohol free, then you can use brandy essence or rum essence instead.
You also have the option of adding extra fruit if you don’t mind introducing some more sugar into the recipe. Including fresh orange juice and orange zest can add a nice zingy flavour, and dried cranberries are colourful and perfect for Christmas.
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This grain free shortcrust style pastry is made with almond flour. Both the pastry and the mincemeat filling are low in carbohydrates so this is another recipe that is keto friendly.
These homemade mince pies are much better for you than the store bought options as they have no added sugar.
They still taste sweet and buttery, packed with delicious fruit and laced with warm spices. The dried cranberries used in this recipe are sweetened with allulose and they are very plump and juicy.
You can leave the apple chunky or mush it up with a fork if you want a smoother filling.
The filling also has crunchy almonds stirred through to give the mince pies a lovely texture. The brandy is optional, but it will make the mince pies taste more authentic. Personally, we love the hint of warmth that brandy brings.
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Not only are these mince pies grain free, they are also vegan. The pastry crust is made with coconut flour which is a nice, dense replacement for traditional flour.
It creates a sturdy pastry that still has that flaky consistency that you want from a good mince pie. Coconut oil is used in place of butter, which makes the pastry nice and soft but retains the crisp outside.
Both the mincemeat filling spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ground ginger, but the crust is too.
Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ground cloves and ground ginger are mixed in with the coconut flour to create a gingerbread crust. How festive is that?
If you love traditional Christmas flavours that warm your palate then you will love this recipe.
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Moving on with our list of grain-free pastry fruit mince pies recipes is another, tender-crumbed winner.
This recipe concentrates on the pastry element and the construction of the mince pies, but it also includes a link to a recipe for homemade mincemeat.
A combination of almond flour and coconut flour is used to make the pastry. This is an ideal mix as the almond flour is light and the coconut flour is more dense. Therefore, when used together you get a pastry that holds its shape and structure without being too heavy.
The pastry is bound together with butter and egg and is flavoured with orange zest to give it a tangy taste that complements the mincemeat.
You can make the pastry the day before you want to, as it will benefit from chilling in the refrigerator overnight. If you are in a rush you can chill it for an hour instead.
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A lot of paleo recipes are also grain free, and this one is also free from refined sugar. These wholesome mince pies taste just as good as any store bought mince pies, if not better.
The pastry is made using that winning combination of almond flour and coconut flour to create a light yet sturdy pastry that is easy to work with.
The addition of orange zest to the pastry helps to tie the fruit filling flavours with the pastry. What’s more, the pastry is also sweetened with coconut sugar to make it taste extra yummy.
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You can serve these pies on their own, or with whipped coconut cream to create a delicious dessert.
To keep these pies as natural as possible, try to find a mincemeat filling that does not have too many added sugars. Alternatively, you can make your own.
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These grain free mince pies are buttery and flaky despite being totally dairy free. This recipe is also paleo friendly and is made with natural ingredients.
It also gives lots of helpful information on how to swap out various ingredients to cater for different dietary requirements without ruining the taste and the texture of the pastry.
The trick to getting this pastry right is to not add too much liquid – it needs to have enough moisture to bind together but not so much that it becomes sticky.
You should also let the pastry rest before you roll it out. This allows the fat to resolidify, making the pastry easier to work with. It is best to use a shallow tartlet tin rather than a deep muffin tin.
Finally our our rundown of grain-free pastry fruit mince pies recipes we have one for both the coeliacs and vegans.
Better still, they are even free from refined sugars.
It includes instructions for making your own mincemeat filling which you can also use to stir through porridge or yoghurt for a festive breakfast. So heads up – you may want to make a bit extra!
The pastry is made with ground almonds rather than almond flour, with coconut oil and water to bind it together. It is also flavored with sea salt and pitted dates, making these mince pies extra special.
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If you are on a grain free diet you can still enjoy delicious mince pies as a holiday treat.
Some of these recipes cater for other dietary requirements such as keto, paleo, dairy-free, and vegan diets. You can make your own mincemeat filling or use a store bought filling if you want to save time.
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