Christmas Mincemeat

I used to make mincemeat months in advance, preserved with lots of sugar and fat.  Till I discovered this recipe.  I absolutely love this now – its lighter and zingier than traditional mincemeat, but still just as flavoursome with all the Christmas flavours.

Why not try this in my Christmas Brownies?  or Molten Chocolate Mousse?  Delicious.


  • 60g each of raisins, cranberries, sultanas & chopped dates
  • 3-4 tbsp of brandy or orange juice
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick & 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp each of ground mixed spice, & cinnamon + a little freshly grated nutmeg
  • 40g of coconut oilor butter
  • 2 apples (approx. 170g) finely chopped (no need to peel)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey

This recipe was originally  for mince pies, now tweaked and made my own.



  1. You can soak the dried fruit in the brandy / orange juice for a few hours before starting, if you wish. You may need to increase the liquid a bit if you do. 
  2. Have 2 really clean jam jars and lids to hand. They don’t have to be sterilised unless you want to.
  3. Mix all the ingredients well in a medium saucepan, chopping the apple last.   Cover and gently simmer for about 10 mins, until the apples are getting soft.  If you think there is too much liquid take the lid off, if too dry add a little juice.  I like my mincemeat quite moist. 
  4. Leave to cool a little, then remove the cinnamon stick and star anise, unless you want to store them in the jars for extra flavour.
  5. It stores well in the fridge for at least 2 weeks (and tastes even better!), though may need a splash more liquid.


2 jars

Ready In:

20 mins + soaking time

Good For:

Jingle bells

Health Benefits

Dried fruits are high in many essential vitamins, minerals, fibre & plant nutrients.  However their high natural sugar content means they will raise blood sugar levels more than seeds & nuts.  They are a wonderful addition to any diet, in moderation.

Cinnamon historically was used for insomnia, menstrual cramps, & nausea.  It is probably best known now for stabilising blood sugar levels, great for helping to prevent Type 2 Diabetes & for weight management.

Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, but perhaps better for you than animal fats, a controversial area at the moment.   Found to help with weight control by burning off fat in the body, & provides the brain with a quick source of energy.  Research indicates it can help raise good cholesterol.

 Almonds are a rich source of many nutrients such as Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium.  They are also a great healthy fat to eat, as well as fibre and protein.  Great for the skin, the heart, the brain, the gut. 


Low Sugar




(can be) Vegan


Gluten Free

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