Shop bought mincemeat, although convenient, is laced with unnecessary fats and sugars. There is nothing more satisfying than taking the time to make your own. You can impress your family this Christmas and they don't need to know how easy it is!


  • 1 large cooking apple, finely diced
  • 300g of raisins, sultanas or a mixture of both.
  • 40g dried apricots, chopped
  • 35g chopped hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract.
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 tbsp of water

In fact if there are any other dried fruits or nuts that you particularly enjoy then throw them in there too. The beauty of making your own mince meat is just can make it exactly how you like it!

The Method

Well that’s simple.

Just put it all in a big pan and just let it gentle simmer for around 40 minutes. For the flavours to intensify, leave it overnight ready to use it the next day.

Healthy Tip

If you are looking to make your mince pies EXTRA healthy, then instead of using normal sweet pastry use filo pastry. It is a much lighter option with less calories! Using 4 squares of filo pastry arrange them so when pushed into a muffin tin they will form a deep cup to fill with your delicious mincemeat.

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