Chocolate Orange Mince Pies

  • 12MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 12
  • 115KCAL

These dreamy Chocolate Orange Mince Pies are an unmissable festive bake. With fresh orange zest mixed into the slimming-friendly pastry, and chocolate chips melted into the mincemeat filling, they might just be the ultimate Christmas treat!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories115
  • Carbs19g
  • Protein2.2g
  • Fat3.7g
  • Saturates1.1g
  • Sugars8.3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Is it even Christmas until you’ve had your first mince pie? With a festive chocolate orange twist, these slimming-friendly mince pies are a seasonal treat that you won’t want to miss. 

As always, we’ve made sure to only make low-calorie swaps that won’t affect how good these little treats taste. Our easy Christmas recipe includes a homemade chocolate orange pastry that uses reduced-fat spread and granulated sweetener to keep it slimming-friendly. 

You can cut the pastry tops into pretty much any shapes you would like – we think hearts and stars look especially effective. Baked in the oven until the pastry is crisp and crumbly, you’ll want to enjoy one with a cuppa right away! 

If you like to get ahead with your Christmas preparations, you can freeze a batch of these and leave them to defrost the night before you want to serve them. 

Don’t forget to leave one out for Santa on Christmas Eve! It’ll make all that hard work at the North Pole worthwhile…

What diets are these Chocolate Orange Mince Pies suitable for?

This Chocolate Orange Mince Pies recipe is suitable for vegetarians. It can be made gluten free as long as you substitute the following ingredients for suitable gluten-free alternatives:

  • Plain flour
  • Mincemeat

To make this recipe dairy free, you would need to replace the following ingredients with dairy-free versions:

  • Reduced-fat spread
  • Skimmed milk

Please make sure to double check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chocolate Orange Mince Pies?

You won’t need any special ingredients, but there are a couple of pieces of equipment that will make this recipe easier. 

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You’ll need a 12 hole bun tin like this one to bake your mince pies. This will come in handy for lots of other baking, and making Yorkshire Puddings. 

You will also need a 9cm fluted pastry cutter to cut out the bases of your mince pies. 

How many calories are in these Chocolate Orange Mince Pies?

This Chocolate Orange Mince Pies recipe is included in our Everyday Light category because it contains just 115 calories per portion. For more delicious dishes all under 400 calories, take a look at other Everyday Light recipes!

This Chocolate Orange Mince Pies recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C and very lightly grease the bun tin.

Step 2

To a mixing bowl add the flour, cocoa powder and sweetener. Mix together. Add the reduced-fat spread to the bowl and rub the spread into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

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Step 3

Add 1 tbsp milk, the egg yolk and 1 tsp orange zest to the bowl. Mix together until the dough starts to pull together. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and continue to bring it together into a small ball of dough.

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Step 4

Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin, or about 2mm. Use a 9cm fluted cutter to cut 12 bases for your mince pies. Place each round into a hole in the bun tin and lightly press into the tin to create a small edge to each mince pie. You may need to re-roll the scraps to make enough mince pie bases.

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Step 5

Add the mincemeat and chocolate chips to a mixing bowl and mix to incorporate the chocolate chips. Divide the mincemeat between the 12 mince pie cases.

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Step 6

Roll any remaining pastry out and cut shapes for the top of the mince pies. We think hearts, stars or circles look great. Place a cut-out shape on top of each mince pie and brush with the remaining milk. Sprinkle over the remaining orange zest and pop into the oven for 20 minutes, until the pastry is cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the bun tin.

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What could I serve with these Chocolate Orange Mince Pies?

These festive treats are delicious with a cuppa, although we can’t resist serving them with a glug of Custard or our slimming-friendly Brandy Sauce. 

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How do you know when Chocolate Orange Mince Pies are cooked?

You’ll need to bake these Chocolate Orange Mince Pies for around 20 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Chocolate Orange Mince Pies in the fridge?

Once they’ve cooled, you can keep these Chocolate Orange Mince Pies in an airtight container for around 3 days. There’s no need to pop them in the fridge. 

Can I freeze Chocolate Orange Mince Pies?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

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Chocolate Orange Mince Pies

These dreamy Chocolate Orange Mince Pies are an unmissable festive bake. With fresh orange zest mixed into the slimming-friendly pastry, and chocolate chips melted into the mincemeat filling, they might just be the ultimate Christmas treat!
  • Prep Time
    12 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 115
  • Carbs 19G

Ingredients

  • 150 g plain flour
  • 140 g mincemeat
  • 70 g reduced-fat spread
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • 20 g white granulated sweetener
  • 20 g milk chocolate chips
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp skimmed milk
  • 2 tsp orange zest

Mixing bowl

Rolling pin

12 hole bun tin

9cm fluted pastry cutter

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and very lightly grease the bun tin.
  2. To a mixing bowl add the flour, cocoa powder and sweetener. Mix together. Add the reduced-fat spread to the bowl and rub the spread into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add 1 tbsp milk, the egg yolk and 1 tsp orange zest to the bowl. Mix together until the dough starts to pull together. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and continue to bring it together into a small ball of dough.
  4. Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin, or about 2mm. Use a 9cm fluted cutter to cut 12 bases for your mince pies. Place each round into a hole in the bun tin and lightly press into the tin to create a small edge to each mince pie. You may need to re-roll the scraps to make enough mince pie bases.
  5. Add the mincemeat and chocolate chips to a mixing bowl and mix to incorporate the chocolate chips. Divide the mincemeat between the 12 mince pie cases.
  6. Roll any remaining pastry out and cut shapes for the top of the mince pies. We think hearts, stars or circles look great. Place a cut-out shape on top of each mince pie and brush with the remaining milk. Sprinkle over the remaining orange zest and pop into the oven for 20 minutes, until the pastry is cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the bun tin.

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