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Easy Homemade Mincemeat Recipe

This Easy Homemade Mincemeat recipe is a vegetarian version made with a variety of fresh, dried, and candied fruits, coconut oil, brown sugar, brandy, citrus zest and juice, and ground spices.

A homemade vegetarian mincemeat recipe in a glass jar with christmas decoration in the background.

When my sister and I were younger, Christmas meant midnight mass, a sparkly Christmas tree, my mom’s Sri Lankan Christmas Cake, and Mincemeat Pies. Since those latter treats only made an appearance during Christmas, they were so coveted. I might have hidden 1 (or 3) just so I had more to enjoy.

The mincemeat my mom and dad used to make those mincemeat pies with were of the brandy-soaked fruit and nut variety.

On Christmas eve, we got to have one small mincemeat pie and a slice of Christmas cake for dessert. Then, on Christmas day, we got to have them for dessert after a breakfast of kiribath (milk rice).

As with many traditional recipes, mincemeat pies are steeped with tradition and history.

When mincemeat pies made their debut in the middle ages, they were not intended for dessert. They began as large meat pies that were made with a combination of minced meat (such as mutton, beef, rabbit, or pork), chopped up fruit, and a preserving liquid.

Today’s mincemeat pies have steered toward the sweet side of their early beginnings. With mincemeat today consisting mostly of dried and candied fruits, apples, spices, brandy and/or rum, and suet.

As I incorporated the tradition of mincemeat pies into Christmas with my daughter, I often turned to doctoring up store-bought mincemeat for our mincemeat pies ~ as I did when I made these mincemeat pies.

However, this year I decided I would try my hand at making my own. After a couple of attempts, I ended up with a vegetarian mincemeat recipe that is a lot tastier and more flavorful than store-bought mincemeat.

This mincemeat is so delicious I had to hide it from my daughter because she kept eating spoonfuls of it every time she walked by it.

Flatlay of The ingredients to make easy homemade mincemeat recipe

What are the ingredients in this vegetarian mincemeat recipe?

The ingredients I used in this mincemeat recipe are:

  1. currants
  2. golden raisins
  3. candied mixed peel
  4. candied ginger
  5. apple
  6. brown sugar
  7. lemon zest and juice
  8. lime zest and juice
  9. cinnamon
  10. cloves
  11. cardamom
  12. nutmeg
  13. coconut butter, and
  14. brandy
Making homemade mincemeat pies

This easy homemade mincemeat recipe involves slowly cooking the apples, dried fruits, spices, some of the brandy, and citrus juices together. Doing so plumps up the dried currants and raisins and helps in the absorption of all the juices and spices. Flavors are so much more intensified this way – and your kitchen smells like Christmas!

homemade mincemeat pies

After that, the rest of the brandy is added in and the mixture is packed away in air-tight glass jars. As this mincemeat ages, it only gets better.

We love this mincemeat recipe because it:
• Is so flavorful,
• Smells heavenly,
• Is vegetarian,
• And, is gluten free!

After you make the mincemeat, you can use it to make mincemeat pies like the ones you see here. I used the same pie crust I used to make these custard pies, except I added in a pinch more cinnamon to it.

Tasty easy homemade mincemeat recipe

However, if you are not using it immediately, you can refrigerate this mincemeat for up to a month. You can add a bit of mincemeat to muffin recipes or quick breads or even enjoy it with some brie and salty crackers.

Easy Homemade Mincemeat Recipe
A homemade vegetarian mincemeat recipe in a glass jar with christmas decoration in the background.

Easy Homemade Mincemeat Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Shashi
This Easy Homemade Mincemeat recipe is a vegetarian version made with a variety of fresh, dried, and candied fruits, coconut oil, brown sugar, brandy, citrus zest and juice, and ground spices.


  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup candied peel
  • 4 pieces of candied ginger
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/2 lemon – zest and juice
  • 1/2 lime – zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy


  • Peel the apple and dice it up.
  • Also chop up the candied ginger slices.
  • Then, add apple, golden raisins, currants, mixed peel, candied ginger, coconut oil, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, lemon zest and juice, lime zest and juice, and 2 tbsp of the brandy into a heavy bottom pan.
  • Place pan on stovetop and set heat to low. Cover pan and simmer ingredients for 30 minutes.
  • Then, uncover and let simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so.
  • Remove pan from heat and turn stove off.
  • Add the remaining brandy into the pan with the dried fruit and stir well.
  • Use to make mincemeat pies (using this recipe or this recipe for the crust) or spoon into glass containers, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g
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  2. John / Kitchen Riffs says:

    Mincemeat if good, and something I don’t make nearly often enough. Your recipe looks terrific! Thanks. And happy holidays!

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    As a kid, I was always afraid of mincemeat pies as I thought it was literally minced up meat. (And I guess it was at some point back in the day…) I’ve yet to make my own mincemeat, though, and this recipe looks fantastic! I bet your house smelled amazing when this was cooking!

  4. angiesrecipes says:

    It’s one of my favourites! I love mine with extra ginger :-))

  5. Z says:

    So much better than store bought