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Aubergine Involtini, simple vegan canapés served with a mint dip

Aubergine Involtini with Mint Dip

Grilled aubergine slices, filled with spiced nuts and fruit, rolled into bundles and served with a delicious mint dip. Aubergine Involtini are perfect for picnics, buffets and parties and make delicious Vegan Christmas Canapes.
Course Appetizer, Canapes
Cuisine International, Italian, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 156.82kcal


  • 1 large aubergine (eggplant)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Ras el Hanout spice mix
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 4 tsp water
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • pinch of salt
  • 25 g ground almonds
  • 10 g sultanas
  • 10 g flaked almonds


  • 6 cocktail sticks
  • Dried rose petals to serve optional


  • 20 g fresh mint finely chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Remove the top of the aubergine then cut a thin slice off two sides and discard. Slice the remaining aubergine, lengthways, into 6 equal slices.
  • Very lightly brush each aubergine slice with a little olive oil and place under a preheated grill for about 20 minutes, turning once, until both sides are golden brown and the aubergine is soft.
  • Meanwhile, lightly fry the shallot in the remaining oil until soft, add the garlic and Ras el Hanout and fry for a further minute.
  • Add the tomato puree, water, tahini and salt and fry gently for a further minute.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the ground almonds - you should have a spreadable paste, if it is too thick add a little more water.
  • Spread the almond mixture onto one side of each aubergine slice, top with a sprinkle of sultanas and flaked almonds.
  • Roll up and secure with a cocktail stick.
  • Whisk together the mint, lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Serve the involtini at room temperature with a small bowl of mint dip to share.


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 156.82kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.01g | Protein: 3.25g | Fat: 12.75g | Saturated Fat: 1.59g | Sodium: 5.77mg | Potassium: 263.22mg | Fiber: 3.92g | Sugar: 4.29g | Vitamin A: 170.5IU | Vitamin C: 3.44mg | Calcium: 45.82mg | Iron: 1.08mg