Delicious, incredibly flavourful and simple! If you’re looking for the perfect healthy mincemeat recipe, we’ve got you covered. This Christmas dessert is easy to make and it is a mincemeat recipe without suet (vegan mincemeat).
WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS MINCEMEAT
No added sugar: We’ve added no sugar to this insanely delicious recipe!
Vegan: Of course this is a totally vegan mincemeat recipe and unlike traditional mincemeat, it is alcohol-free, which means your mince pies will be both vegan and alcohol free.
Bursting with flavor: The addition of grated apple lightens the taste of the mincemeat and adds a homey feel to the recipe. You’ll also love the inclusion of citruses, namely orange and lemon, in this vegan mincemeat. If you’re up for adding more depth to your mince pies, toss the grated ginger in there and excite your tastebuds!
Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Raisins and Sultanas. This easy recipe for mincemeat contains quite a few dried fruit options. Raisins and sultanas being key. I chop them a bit to release the flavors into the mincemeat.
Dates. I always like the flavor that dates add to any dessert. This healthy mincemeat being no exception. Not that you’re looking for it in your dessert, but this is ticks so many boxes for your body, it will be hard not to include it in a healthy, vegan mincemeat recipe.
Prunes. For a traditional mincemeat recipe this might seem strange. As we know however, there is nothing traditional about this no added sugar mincemeat recipe. I’ve added prunes to this healthy mincemeat recipe to add depth to its flavor and more body to the “meat”.
Grated Apples. This is a key ingredient in this sugar free mincemeat. It gives the mix a nice light feel and taste. It adds the joy of an apple pie to the mince pies and trust me, you’ll thank me later. I use either Granny Smith, Golden or Green apples.
Chopped Almonds. Feel free to omit these chopped almonds from the healthy mincemeat as not everyone appreciates a crunch in their mince pie. I don’t always add these in.
Orange Pieces and Zest. I always add oranges to my healthy mincemeat to give it a nice fruity flavour. The zest adds to the tang and pairs nicely with the spices we add.
Lemon Zest. The citrusy undertone of this healthy mincemeat will definitely be incomplete without lemon zest. Since I do not add dried or candied peel into the mincemeat, this serves as a fresher, more vibrant alternative.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The flavor combo of cinnamon and nutmeg complement this heathy mincemeat recipe perfectly.
Orange Juice. Since this an alcohol-free healthy mincemeat recipe, orange juice adds more citrus tang and sweetness to the taste.
Optional Add-ins. Grated ginger. It adds a complementary zing to the healthy mincemeat. Do not add too much as this is just meant to add depth to the flavor, but not overpower it.
Vegan butter can be added in as a few knobs to the vegan mincemeat mix. It is not absolutely necessary, but some people swear by adding butter. Either way, this healthy mincemeat is divine.
How To Make Healthy Mincemeat
Add the raisins, sultanas, dates, prunes and orange pieces to the food processor and pulse until chopped into large chunks. Do not blend until it has turned into a paste!
Pour into a large bowl and add grated apples, chopped almonds, orange and lemon zest and juice. Stir to combine and refrigerate.
The option to use this healthy mincemeat immediately is there but the orange juice and the juice from the grated apples tend to infuse into the mincemeat when left overnight (at minimum), up to a few days in the fridge and for months in the freezer. (We had vegan mince pies last week. It’s mid-spring!)
Since this easy recipe for mincemeat has no alcohol, the best way to store it is in a few airtight mason jars in the refrigerator.
- Blender/Food Processor
- 175 g Sultanas
- 175 g Raisins
- 100 g Dates
- 50 g Prunes
- 2 Apples Granny Smith/Bramley/Golden (grated)
- 50 g Chopped Almonds
- 1 Orange zested and chopped
- 1 Lemon zested
- 1/4 cup Orange Juice
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- Add the raisins, sultanas, dates, prunes and orange pieces to the food processor and pulse until chopped into large chunks.
- Pour into a large bowl and add grated apples, chopped almonds, orange and lemon zest, ginger (if using) and juice. Stir to combine and refrigerate.