Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat.

Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat.

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Mince pies are a must at Christmas! With this recipe for homemade gluten, dairy and refined sugar free mincemeat you don’t have to miss out on the fun. 

Photos updated 18/12/2018

This recipe came about as what is Christmas without mince pies. I can’t eat store bought ones because although there is some great free from mince pies these days i still can’t eat them as they all contain raisins.

I decided to have a look around at different mincemeat recipes for inspiration. There is s few staples that everyone used like flaked almonds, mixed spice, lemon or orange zest. You can add whatever you have to hand. I had a rummage around my cupboards and picked out some of my favourites.

This is when the fun begins i chose to use dates as my base in place of raisins. Then pitted morello cherries, dried cranberries, dried goji berries and flaked almonds.

Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat

Next you will need a liquid to soak them in i chose to make them a little boozy and used 125ml of cognac you can leave this out or replace it with brandy, whiskey or water. You will need more liquid i used 250ml of fresh orange juice and 125ml of water the dried fruit will absorb more than you think.

Finally it’s time for the all important spices i used a cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon, mixed spice and orange zest to give it that christmassy taste and smell.


This is the perfect thing to make to get you in the festive spirit the smell is amazing and fills your entire house. I made this in the first week of December to give the mixture plenty of time to soak and marinade. This turned out better than i could of hoped for it was honestly the best thing i made all Christmas.

I definitely plan of making this again after Christmas because that’s the beauty of making food yourself you aren’t limited to only eating certain things at certain times of the year.

Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat

Of course to make mince pies you need a pastry case to sit the mincemeat in and for this i turned to pinterest to find a gluten and dairy free sweet shortcrust pastry recipe to use.

I came across and used one from Tesco of all places. This is something I’ve discovered lately that the big name supermarkets have some really good recipes on there websites. The pastry worked really well and was easy and quick to make i will be using it for future recipes.

I am well aware that this is not a traditional mincemeat recipe but who cares as long as it taste good i don’t see why it matters. I served this as one of the dessert for are Christmas dinner and everyone really enjoyed them and didn’t know the difference.

Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat

These are naturally sweetened and the pastry i used doesn’t have a lot sugar in it either so if you do prefer yours sweeter you can add some brown sugar to your mincemeat.

Need ideas for what to do with any leftover mincemeat. Check out this recipe for mincemeat cookies. 

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Remember don’t forgot to pin this recipe for later. If you recreate this or any of my other recipes then tag me on InstagramΒ @emmalouisecee

Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat.

This is an easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat recipe that you can customise to fit what you already have at home. Its the prefect thing to kick start your Christmas baking off with.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine DF, GF, RFS
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20
Author emma


  • 100 grams dates
  • 50 grams pitted morello cherries
  • 50 grams dried cranberries
  • 50 grams goji berries
  • 25 grams flaked almonds
  • 250 ml orange juice
  • 125 ml cognac
  • 125 ml water
  • 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 large orange, zest
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Firstly i sterilised a large glass mason jar with boiling water to use to store the finished mincemeat.  

  2. Measure out all the fruit and liquid and add to a small pot. 

  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer and add the spices. Give it a good stir.

  4. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the fruit has soften and absorbed some of the liquid. 

  5. Turn off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick. Then give it another stir. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

  6. Leave to cool and then add to your container. I stored mine in the fridge and stirred it every now and again to make sure it all adsorbed the liquid equally. I used mine about 2 weeks later.

Recipe Notes

This mixture made 20 mince pies i used a muffin tin and added 20 grams of mincemeat to each one.Β 

The macros for 20 grams of mincemeat is 0.8f 9.6c 0.6p

The macros for one mince pie using the tesco sweet short crust pasty and 20 grams of mincemeat is 7.4f 27.4c 1.4p

Easy gluten and dairy free mincemeat

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