Healthier Mince Pies

Healthy mince pies

A Healthier Mince Pie

What do you do about your healthy eating goals over the holidays? Do you:

A) completely abandon your diet and healthy eating goals over Christmas?

B) Just let them slip a little?

C) Resist all the festive food and not put on a single pound.

If you answered C, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. I’m only joking; I’m just a bit jealous.

Ten years ago I definitely fell into the A category. Read about that here, Why I never start a Diet in January.

Now my answer is B; I just let my healthy eating slip a little, well maybe a tiny bit more than a little.

Here’re the tips I shared in Why I never start a Diet in January. These may help stop your waist bulging out after your Christmas dinner and popping a button.

Or are you like me and opt for the comfy elastic waistband?

There’s also a delicious healthier mince pie recipe below.

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Beat the Festive Binge

1) Start the day with a healthy breakfast. If I try and save calories for the main dinner and sit down starving, I end up eating far more than I should.

2) Eat mindfully and try to enjoy and savour every mouthful of food.

3) Drink water to help fill you up and cut down on some alcohol.

4) Get some fresh air, take a walk to burn some calories.

5) Remember there’s always tomorrow. You don’t need to eat a second portion right now; you can save it for later or tomorrow.

6) Be generous share your chocolates and treats. It is, after all, the season for giving. I’m all for sharing out the calories.

7) Watch your portions – maybe eat less stuffing and choose a larger portion of vegetables.

8) Don’t eat to please and ignore, “Oh go on it’s Christmas...”. If I’ve asked for a smaller piece, then I’ll fib and say I might have some more later.

9) Be moderate with the extras such as the cream, gravy, brandy butter and mayonnaise. Add just enough to enhance the dish, don’t swamp it.

10) Eat from a plate, not the serving platters. For example, I’ll choose my crackers and cheese and put them on a small plate with sides.

If I keep helping myself from the serving dish, before I know it I’ve eaten nine crackers and half a pound of cheese.

11) If I overdo it, then I’ll move on and make a healthier choice next time.

For more healthy eating tips take a look at these 30 top tips for weight loss and healthy eating.

Nutritional Bites

Here’s an alternative recipe for the traditional mince pie. It swaps the shortcrust pastry for filo pastry to save on fat.

Shortcrust pastry contains nearly 30g of fat per 100g, and the filo pastry comes in at a respectable 0.9g fat per 100g.

These mince pies are around 85 calories each instead of a whopping 230 calories for my shop bought mince pie, with 2 g of fat instead of 8.2 g.

The Mince Pie Recipe

I came across this recipe in a magazine, years ago and ripped it out. It says crafty cook at the top of the page and I think the magazine was Zest.

Here’s a great recipe binder for all your torn out, printed or written recipes.

Hallmark Retro Recipe Binder

I also like to use Nigella Lawson’s mincemeat recipe from

Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities

Have you got any tips and strategies you use to beat the festive binge? And if you make the mince pies post a picture of them on Nutrilicious Ladies.

Lucy G x

Healthier mince pie recipe



Print Recipe
Healthier Mince Pies
This simple recipe will lower the calories and fat content by using filo pastry instead of shortcrust.
Healthy mince pies
Course Cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
For the tart cases
For the mincemeat
Course Cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
For the tart cases
For the mincemeat
Healthy mince pies
  1. Put the apples in a saucepan with the spices, sugar and orange and lemon zest and juice.
  2. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minute until the apples start to soften.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil, stirring well. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the mixture is thick with just a little liquid left.
  4. Set aside a third of the mixture for this recipe and keep the rest in a jar for another time.
Tarts cases
  1. Preheat oven ato 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Brush a sheet of filo pastry with a thin layer of the melted butter (cover the other sheets with a damp tea towel so they don't dry out).
  2. Sprinkle over half of the orange zest then layer another pastry sheet on top.
  3. With a long edge of the pastry closet to you, cut in half, top to bottom, cut each piece in half again so you now have 4 strips of equal width. Now cut each strip into 3 to give you 12 squares.
  4. Repeat this again with the remaining 2 filo sheets so you end up with 24 squares.
  5. Shape a pastry square into a hole of a 12-hole muffin tin. Top with a second square, placed at an angle to the first. Repeat in each of the holes and bake the cases for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove and fill with a teaspoon of mincemeat and then return to the oven for 10 to 12 minutes until the cases are golden.
  7. Place on a cooling rack and dust with icing sugar.
Recipe Notes

I like them warm or cold with a little cream or ice cream. Remember a teaspoon of single cream adds 15 calories.


  1. ok, I honestly never tried mice meat pies because the name sounded strange to me. (I know its silly). But now I know what goes into them! It’s kinda similar to a cuban pastry. Now I want to try it!

  2. I’ve always been intrigued by mince meat but never really knew what was in the mix. Definitely going to have to try them this Christmas now because they look amazing! Thanks for all the healthy tips too. It can be so easy to overindulge and just go with the “It’s Christmas!” but we all know holiday eating isn’t just limited to one’s like 2 months of bad stuff being thrown at you. Best to be prepared!!

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