Simple No Added Sugar Mincemeat

A really simple no added sugar mincemeat recipe that is great for vegetarians and vegans. It is subtly boozy and beautifully spiced, perfect for your mince pies and other festive treats

simple no added sugar or fat mincemeat in a kilner jar with a spoon

Last year I decided to try and make my own version of mincemeat that was refined sugar free and didn’t include any additional fat. After a little research and a few batches later, this is my recipe for a foolproof no added sugar (or fat) mincemeat.

This recipe is very simple to bring together but does need some time to infuse, so it is best made in advance before you plan to use it. Really the longer you can leave it the better.

So what is Mincemeat?

Mincemeat today is typically a mixture of chopped dried fruit, spices, alcohol and sometimes some form of fat like suet or vegetable shortening. But it is still strange that we call it mincemeat and there isn’t actually any meat in the recipe!

However originally, no surprises here but mincemeat did in fact contain meat. Historically it was another option for preserving meat, rather than salting, curing, smoking or drying. It used to be most often mutton, but also beef, rabbit, pork or game

So today the fruity mincemeat version has become a real staple ingredient for the festive season with lots of different options out there. But for me, I prefer a homemade option particularly when it comes to catering for one child with diabetes and another that is vegetarian.

closeup simple no added sugar or fat mincemeat in a kilner jar with a spoon and green ribbon

Storage of homemade Mincemeat

I have found that my mincemeat keeps really well in a dark cool place, like a cupboard or in the firdge as long as the jar is properly sterilised.

To sterilise your jars wash them well in hot soapy water and then set them in the oven heated to 140 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. Or run them through the dishwasher.

Another top tip is to fill the jars with your mincemeat while they are still hot.

The no added sugar mincemeat recipe

This particular recipe does not include any extra sugar and also uses some other dried fruits that have a lower glycemic index. low glycemic index. This means that these foods are generally digested and absorbed more slowly by the body (great for blood sugars).

simple no added sugar or fat mincemeat in a kilner jar showing mince pies in the background

This mincemeat is also sweetened with a sugar alternative, my favourite xylitol, and it also doesn’t include any added fat. I am still a little unsure what the suet or vegetable shortening add to other recipes as I really don’t think it’s an essential ingredient.

My current favourite sugar alternatives are NKD Living Natural Xylitol or Total Sweet Xylitol (affiliate links)

What you will need for the simple no added sugar mincemeat  :

  • Dried Cherries
    • Low GI dried fruit
    • These don’t include added sugar unlike glacier cherries of dried cranberries
    • I used the cherries by Urban Fruit which I bought at Sainsbury’s
  • Apricots
    • Low GI dried fruit
    • High in fiber, potassium, copper and vitamin E
  • Dates
    • Moderarte GI food
    • Contain several essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants.
  • Figs
    • Moderarte GI food
    • Hgh in calcium and fibre as well as being mineral-rich
  • Sultanas and Rasins
    • Moderarte GI food
    • Different varieyt of dried grapes, packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Apples
    • Low GI fruit
    • A great source of fiber and vitamin C
  • Clementines or tangerines
    • High in vitamin C and rich in antioxidants
    • Adds a subltle orangey flavour to compliment the spice
  • Lemon
    • High in vitamin C and rich in antioxidants
    • Adds an extra citrusy tang and helps with the preserving
  • Sugar Alternative
    • I used Xylitol but you could also use any sweetner you prefer
    • If you prefer to use different sweeteners like sucralose or stevia, remember to convert your quantity. Most brands have this information on their websites.
  • Mixed spice
    • Has a warm sweet flavour
    • Mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove
  • Brandy or any other distilled spirit of your choice

Diabetes Note

So quite a high carb count recipe based on the amount of dried fruit but bear in mind you only need approx 15g to fill a small mince pie.

Carb Counting

The total overall carb count for this no added sugar mincemeat, based on the ingredients we would count for is:

  • Dried Cherries = 90g – 60.3g of carbs
  • Apricots = 100g – 36.5g of carbs
  • Dates = 100g – 68g of carbs
  • Figs = 125g – 60.8g of carbs
  • Sultanas = 80g – 55.5g of carbs
  • Rasins = 120g – 83.5g of carbs
  • 2 Apples = approx 170g grated – 20.1g of carbs

Now add all the carbs together – 60.3+36.5+68+60.8+55.5+83.5+20.1 = 384.7 g of carbs

This recipe made approximately 1000g of mincemeat in total. Therefore

100g of mincemeat = 38.5g of carbs

15g of mincemeat (to fill a mince pie) = 5.8g of carb

Please note this carb count amount per portion is based on the standard ingredients listed above and may differ depending on what you use and how much you choose to eat.


Simple No Added Sugar Mincemeat

Simple No Added Sugar Mincemeat

A really simple no added sugar mincemeat recipe that is great for vegetarians and vegans. It is subtly boozy and beautifully spiced, perfect for your mince pies and other festive treats

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Course: Sweet TreatCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 90 g dried cherries

  • 100 g apricots, chopped

  • 100 g dates, chopped

  • 125 g figs, chopped

  • 80 g sultanas

  • 120 g raisins

  • 2 medium apples, grated

  • 2 small clementines or tangerines, juice and zest

  • 1 small lemon, juice and zest

  • 2 tbsp xylitol

  • 2 tsp mixed spice

  • 150 ml brandy

Directions

  • Put all of the ingredients into a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Once bubbling lower the heat and allow it to simmer gently, stirring occasionally.
    Cook for about 15 minutes so the dried fruit is plump, and the apple is soft and cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat and pour it into your hot sterilised jars.
  • Once cooled to room temperature store the jar of mincemeat in the fridge or in a cool dark place

Tips and Notes

  • This recipe makes approximately 1000g of mincemeat
  • Diabetes Note – quite a high carb count recipe based on the amount of dried fruit, but bear in mind you only need approx 15g to fill a small mince pie. See above for a breakdown of carb counting info

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