These delicious Christmas mincemeat flapjacks are perfect for using up leftover mincemeat. They are also a great alternative to mince pies as they are much easier to make and contain healthy wholegrain oats.
What you'll love about the recipe
- If you like fruity sweet mincemeat, you'll love the flavour of Christmas mincemeat flapjacks! Delicious, soft and chewy flapjacks with mincemeat stirred through the mixture
- An easy to make festive sweet treat, with 4 everyday ingredients and 10 minutes prep time. A simple Christmas bake, ideal for a busy time of year
- Mince pie flapjacks are naturally sweetened with honey, no added sugar
- Made with wholegrain oats. Oats are rich in a soluble fibre called beta glucan which is good for heart health
- Gluten-free (use certified oats) and easy to adapt to dairy-free and vegan
You might also like this mincemeat crumble slice recipe. It's also made with oats, but the mincemeat is sandwiched between two layers of buttery crumble.
Mincemeat. You can use either homemade Christmas mincemeat, or bought. If you haven't got the exact amount, don't worry, you can still make mince pie flapjacks with slightly less of this crucial ingredient!
Butter. Unsalted butter is ideal but you can also use salted. If you prefer you can use vegan butter or coconut oil. (For vegan Christmas flapjacks, make sure that the mincemeat is vegan too!)
Honey. Mincemeat will add sweetness, so there's just a few spoonfuls of honey in the recipe. Use maple syrup if you prefer.
Oats. You'll need porridge oats to make these mincemeat flapjacks. I find jumbo oats don't stick together very well and the flapjacks are too crumbly, and instant oats lack texture. For gluten free mincemeat flapjacks, make sure you buy certified gluten free oats. They are processed separately from other grains.
I used this homemade mincemeat which has spices and clementine zest and juice so it has plenty of flavour. Depending on what mincemeat you are using, you might want to add some orange zest or some extra cinnamon.
How to make Christmas mincemeat flapjacks
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (140 fan). The oven temperature is relatively cool as otherwise the dried fruit on the top of the flapjacks can end up hard and dry.
Line the base of a 20 x 20cm square tin with baking paper. Leave a little extra at the sides so that you can lift out the mince pie flapjacks easily.
Place a pan on a low heat and add the mincemeat, butter and honey. Stir to mix and remove from the heat immediately that the butter has melted.
Stir in the oats and mix thoroughly so that they are all well coated.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Squish down hard over the whole surface with the back of the spoon which will help the flapjacks to stick together well.
Bake for 25 minutes. When cooked, the flapjacks will be slightly darker, but still soft. They'll harden up as they cool, so don't be tempted to leave them in the oven for longer.
You can mark the Christmas flapjacks into squares whilst they are still in the tin, but make sure that you leave them to cool completely in the tin as otherwise they may break.
I cut mine into 12, but if you're serving them as part of a Christmas feast you may want to make mini mincemeat flapjacks.
Mincemeat flapjacks can be stored for up to 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container. They also freeze well so you can get ahead with the holiday baking!
Frequently asked questions
In the UK, a traditional flapjack is an oat bar which is baked flat and cut into squares (or rectangles). Countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Ireland use the same terminology. However, in the US, a flapjack is a kind of pancake which is cooked on a griddle.
Because mincemeat has a high sugar content, it generally keeps well. In fact traditional mincemeat recipes often suggest that you store the mincemeat for a month or two to enhance the flavour. So usually you can store an unopened jar of traditional mincemeat for a year. If you've bought your mincemeat, check the date on the jar. I make a low sugar mincemeat with apple which needs to be stored in the fridge and eaten up within a week.
Traditional mincemeat is made with suet, an animal fat. However, now there are plenty of vegan mincemeat products available in the stores, as well as recipes for vegan mincemeat. If you want to make these mincemeat flapjacks vegan, use a vegan butter and maple syrup in place of honey.
Other healthy Christmas treats
You might enjoy this roundup with lots of other healthy Christmas recipes. Or get inspired by some of the healthy festive treat below!
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- 20 x 20cm baking tin
- baking paper
- 150 g mincemeat
- 80 g butter
- 75 ml honey
- 200 g porridge oats
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (140 fan).
- Line the base of a 20 x 20cm baking tin with baking paper. Leave a small lip of paper so you can lift the flapjacks out of the tin.
- Melt the butter, honey and mincemeat in a pan over a low heat. Remove from the heat as soon as the butter has melted so the mixture doesn't boil.
- Stir in the oats and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin, and squish down firmly over the surface with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 25 minutes until golden. The mixture will firm up as it cools, so don't over bake.
- Leave the flapjacks to cool in the tin. If you like, you can mark them into 12 squares whilst still warm in the tin when they are softer.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.