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“Make-me-quick” date, apple & walnut mincemeat


Alright, my Christmas elves, time to get your little pinnies on – Christmas is a-coming! And making your own mincemeat is ridiculously easy. Even if you’ve never made it before. I mean literally one-step, stir-things-in-a-big-bowl easy.

This version is very fruity, pretty boozy and everyone can enjoy it (it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Although if you are catering to anyone with a nut allergy, you might want to hold off on the walnuts…)!

Sweet dates, tart apples and crunchy walnuts are a classic combo that work in this sticky sweet treat beautifully. Fantastic in mince pies (see my recipe here) or for a thoughtful (and no-hassle) edible gift.

So what are you waiting for? Pinnies on!


“Make-me-quick” date, apple & walnut mincemeat


Makes just shy of 1kg (about 3 jam jars)

  • 100g raisins
  • 100g sultanas
  • 200g dates
  • 70g walnuts, chopped into pieces
  • juice and zest 1 lemon
  • 1 cooking apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 100g soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 100g veggie gluten-free* suet
  • 150ml brandy

*I made a gluten-free version but feel free to use normal suet if you like.


Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. That’s it!


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