With a buttery flaky almond flour shortbread crust and a low carb minced meat filling, these Keto Chopped Pies are the essence of a low carb Christmas!
My whole family LOVES chopped pies. Especially my daughter is going crazy about them. As soon as they show up in stores, she'll use her pocket money to buy a pack here and there, trying to figure out which one is better.
I get it. Chopped pies taste great. The combination of sticky dried fruit and Christmas spices in minced meat and buttery puff pastry is quite irresistible.
Carbohydrates in chopped pie
However, the amount of sugar and carbs in a supermarket mince pie is tantalizing, no matter how small. A Waitrose Christmas minced pie arrives at 36 grams of net carbs and 16 grams of sugar (this is equivalent to 4 teaspoons of table sugar)!
My kids buy whatever they want with their pocket money, but I pointed out the different sugars in the last batch of chopped pies she brought home. In addition to mashed apples and raisins, raisins and currants which contain a lot of fructose all alone, there was added sugar, glucose syrup and glucose-fructose syrup.
Companies like use different types of sugar in the ingredients so that they don't have to list it as the main ingredient. If you buy packaged ingredients, it's always worth reading the label! (Or, better yet, don't buy packaged ingredients.)
Healthy Minced Pie Recipe
THEREFORE. How do you follow a keto diet or a low-carb diet AND enjoy chopped pies? After all, they're one of the UK's essential Christmas recipes, alongside Christmas pudding. I had this Christmas pudding without sugar recipe on my website for years, and it has a loyal following.
It was time for a healthy mince pie recipe!
When you keto a recipe, you often need to come up with creative substitutions and keep an open mind. This means that these gluten-free keto mince pies don't have EXACTLY the taste of regular mince pies. I would say they are a bit more fruity.
But they all contain same spices and textures we love chopped pies.
Let's get into the thick of it. What's the secret ingredient in these diabetic chopped pies? Dried fruits such as raisins or raisins contain A LOT too much sugar to make a keto dessert, whether it's December, Christmas or not.
Easy - I replaced them with homemade dried cranberries without sugar.
My dried cranberries are sweetened with allulose (you can use powdered erythritol instead). They're super juicy and at 1.4g net carbs per tablespoon a fraction of sweet minced meat!
Check out the ingredients of this healthy mince pie recipe in the image below:
How to make keto chopped pies
Chopped fruit filling
Put everything except the brandy and almonds in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes until it is quite thick but with just a little moisture.
Possibility of pressing with a fork if you want a less fatty apple. Stir in the almonds and optional brandy and let cool.
Note - I used erythritol aureus for the garnish because I like the caramel flavor. Any sweetener will work though.
In a food processor, beat all the dry ingredients until combined. Add the pieces of butter and the cream cheese and mix until well blended. Add 1 large egg and mix again.
Shape the shortcrust pastry into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Cool in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until 3 to 4 mm thick. Use a 7.5 cm cutter to cut out the bases….
… And then the stars.
NOTE: If the dough gets too hot to cut at any time, simply place it back in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.
Now you assemble the chopped pies! Grease a shallow muffin pan with butter and add a base. Add the minced meat (about 1 tbsp per minced pie)…
… And then your pastry cover !. Press lightly to seal and brush with egg. And they go in the oven, for about 18 minutes.
Important: Don't try to remove your cute little sugarless Christmas chopped pies from the baking sheet. until they are completely cool! They are fragile when hot and firm up when they cool.
Keto Chopped Pie Toppings
These chopped pies are perfect on their own, sprinkled with powdered sweetener.
Fans of a classic mince pie experience may like to eat them with keto brandy butter (it's hard sauce in the United States).
Or serve them like me with a dollop of whipped cream!
How to further reduce net carbs
I wanted to stay close (-ish) to the original recipe - that's why I used the apple in the garnish. However, to reduce this recipe from 6g to 4.4g net carbs per chopped pie, replace the apple with Zucchini.
Use 1 1/4 cups / 150 g chopped zucchini (peel and core before chopping.) increase the sweetener to taste because you are now missing the natural sweetness of the apple.
Can you make low carb chopped pies with coconut flour?
Whenever I make a recipe with almond flour or ground almonds, some readers want to know how to make the dough without nuts.
You can either use a mixture of sunflower seed flour and sesame seed flour - it is a 1: 1 substitution with almond flour.
Or you make a pastry using only coconut flour. I recommend coconut flour pie base for that Strawberry and mascarpone pie. It works well and is sturdy!
How to store chopped pies without sugar
I stored my chopped pies in a closed container in the refrigerator for 3 days and reheat them in the microwave before eating them.
They probably do just as well for 1 to 2 days at room temperature.
I did not try to Freeze them, but it should work (up to 3 months). You may want to reheat them in the oven to make sure the shortcrust remains crisp.
And just in case you're wondering - my daughter hailed these healthy pies!
More low carb recipes for Christmas
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Sugar Free Keto Chopped Pies
A true British Christmas isn't complete without a good mince pie. These keto sugar-free chopped pies are buttery and fruity but without all the carbs and sugar of store-bought versions. You can happily enjoy one… or two!
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In a food processor, beat all the dry ingredients until combined. Add the pieces of butter and the cream cheese and mix until well blended. Add 1 large egg and mix again. Form a ball and wrap in baking paper. Cool in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C / 160F.
Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until 3 to 4 mm thick. Use a 3 inch cutter to outline the x 6 bases. Scrape the remaining dough together and roll again to make two more bases. Place the bases in the freezer while making the tops. Roll the rest of the dough again to get 8 stars (7 cm cut) or the shape of your choice for the top.
NOTE: If the dough gets too hot to cut at any time, simply put it back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm.
Grease a shallow muffin / Yorkshire pudding pan with butter and add a base. Add the minced meat (about 1 tablespoon per minced pie), then your pastry cover.
Portion: 60gCalories: 236kcalTotal carbohydrates: 9gProtein: 5.3gFat: 20.9gSaturated fat: 8.6gFiber: 3gSugar: 4.8g
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