Merry Mincemeat

I love mincemeat, but when I came across the ingredients of the kind you buy in supermarkets, I was appalled; the first ingredient was sugar, and glucose-fructose syrup also appeared a few times. This recipe doesn’t use any added sugar or sweeteners, because the dried fruit is a source of concentrated sugar, and is therefore very sweet naturally. It’s also perfect for any vegetarians/vegans as, unlike the traditional version,  it doesn’t use beef suet.  This recipe fills 2 jam jars- I use one to make my Merry Mince Pies, and the other to make my Mince Pie Zoatbowl.




75g raisins

75g currants

75g dried cranberries

75g dried cherries

Zest and juice of 1 orange

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 large apple (about 150g), finely diced

1tbsp coconut oil

Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/2tsp ground allspice





Add everything to a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 8 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes until the mixture is soft and sticky.

Transfer to a sterilised glass jar and leave to cool before putting in the fridge.



Lauren x



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