Mince pies and Xmas cake are favourites for me, and I will indulge over this festive period. However, if you are healing your body through an autoimmune condition or have any level of gluten intolerance it is not an easy thing to navigate.
You do not have to feel deprived it is just a case of finding new ingredients and sometimes adapting recipes. It always amazes me how easy it is to halve the sugar in all baked recipes, and still have a great tasting product.
Take advantage of the strong flavours at this time of year, adding cinnamon and or vanilla/orange extract, lemon/orange zest can really give a wonderful boost to any reduced sugar recipe.
Ground almonds and dates make a very sweet pastry and blending your gluten free oats is an easy and inexpensive way to swap out flours containing gluten, perfect for gluten free cookies.
The recipe below is so easy and you will have your fix of mince pies the natural way. If you are focusing on weight loss, just make the sweet mince and add to greek/coconut yoghurt with added cinnamon for a festive treat.
Quick no added sugar sweet mince
2 large or 4 small apples
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of ginger and or mixed spice
2 oranges – juice and grate some zest
- Place all of the ingredients in a pan and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes.
Natural Xmas mince puddings
300g ground almonds
300g Medjool dates (other dates will work too)
3 tbsp of water
• Blend the ingredients together for 1-2 minutes. Gather together into a ball.
• Grease muffin tin with butter or coconut oil
• Roll out the pastry and cut out circles, press them very gently into the muffin tin holes – place in the preheated oven (180 degrees celsius) for 6 minutes.
• Take out of the oven and spoon the sweet mince filling into the pastry cases. Cut out shapes to place on the top. Place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
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