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Leftover Mincemeat Buns with Optional Banana

Leftover Mincemeat Buns

Do you ever have an annoying bit of mincemeat left in the bottom of the jar post Christmas? These leftover mincemeat buns provide a solution. They’re quick and easy to make and are really tasty too. In fact, many will argue they are nicer than mince pies.

Looking around my kitchen the other day (well more like the other week), two items caught my eye. An opened jar containing some chocolate mincemeat leftover from the mincemeat slices I’d made a few days earlier and one lost languishing banana which was about to expire. It was obvious there was no time to spare, I needed to use them quickly.

Leftover Mincemeat Buns

What could I do, but make some leftover banana and mincemeat buns. I based my recipe on some mincemeat buns I created a couple of years ago in order to thank our lovely neighbours who take in our parcels with monotonous regularity and never complain.

Leftover Mincemeat Buns

The banana is entirely optional. I’ve made it both with and without. Both are good. The deciding factor is if I have a banana lying around that needs using up. It may well be the same for you. I also have a recipe for fig and mincemeat buns, but they were more to do with leftover cake mixture rather than leftover mincemeat.

The buns rise well and have a fabulous crumb structure. And more to the point, they’re very tasty. Even CT likes these and he is not a mincemeat fan.

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Leftover Mincemeat Buns with Optional Banana

These buns provide a solution to any post-Christmas leftover mincemeat you might have. If you've got an over-ripe banana, throw that in too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: banana, buns, cakes, mincemeat
Servings: 10 buns
Calories: 221kcal


  • 125 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 125 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  • 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 1 banana - mashed (optional)
  • 125 g flour (half wholemeal, half plain)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp mincemeat (I used chocolate mincemeat)


  • Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Break in the eggs, one by one, beating well between each egg.
  • Beat in the mashed banana, if using, until well combined.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, discarding any particularly large pieces of bran left in the sieve.
  • Stir in the mincemeat.
  • Spoon into 10 muffin cases, unless you add the banana. In which case spoon into 12 muffin cases.
  • Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 15 minutes until risen and golden.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg


Using up leftovers and homemade leftovers at that, as well as rescuing a banana from the compost heap gives these simple buns the necessary kudos to be entered into Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of FabFood4All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.

This month’s Family Foodies is all about getting something prepared fast – fast as in under 30 minutes. Well I reckon as long as your butter is soft and your ingredients handy, you could get these mincemeat muffins prepared in ten minutes allowing them 20 minutes to bake. I’ve also managed to get a healthy banana in their as well as lots of dried fruit and dark chocolate. Hosted alternately by Bangers & Mash and Eat Your Veg.


  1. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    27th March 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What a lovely combination of ingredients. And they look so moist and delicious! I have never made or used cardamom sugar. Is it easy to make?

    • Choclette

      27th March 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Kate. Cardamom sugar is super easy to make. Just throw a handful of cardamom seeds in a jar of caster sugar and keep topping up after use. I dive the sugar and put the seeds back in the jar.


    27th March 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Ooh – I’m liking the idea of mincemeat & bananas. I have mincemeat left too but it ain’t chocolate – I think I’ll throw in some chocolate chips! Vohn x

  3. belleau kitchen

    28th March 2014 at 12:30 am

    I mean I think you really rescued those ingredients from a fate worse than death… You’re a good woman! Beautiful buns.

  4. Johanna GGG

    28th March 2014 at 1:05 am

    Sounds like an excellent use of the mincemeat – I had mine leftover til last christmas last year and refused to make any this past christmas but I do look longingly at your recipe and thing maybe some leftovers wasn’t such a bad thing

  5. riseofthesourdoughpreacher

    28th March 2014 at 5:37 am

    Oh lord this must be heaven!
    Never considered pairing mincemeat and banana but it mst be gorgeous!
    I have some leftovers from Christmas and will definitely try this one out asap.
    Thank you for this lovela recipe 🙂
    Have a nice day

  6. Karen S Booth

    28th March 2014 at 9:23 am

    LOVE these buns Choclette and especially as I am a BIG fan of mincemeat in baking, in cakes and bakes as well as the usual tarts! Karen

  7. Deena Kakaya

    28th March 2014 at 11:48 am

    Oof, these sound like wonderful mouthfuls of celebration, gorgeous and succulent x

  8. Tina Chawla

    28th March 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Its good to see more uses for mincemeat. Would never have thought to combine them with banana, now intrigued. They look moist and incredibly moreish.

  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    28th March 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I am not a fan of mincemeat, but my husband is, so I know he will love these.

  10. Alison

    28th March 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Chocolate mincemeat? Who knew. These looks gorgeous.

  11. Alida

    28th March 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Another interesting combination. I think it could definitely gorge on these!!

  12. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    28th March 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I am a cardamom addict so I am always excited to see some cardamom in goodies like these.

  13. fiona maclean

    28th March 2014 at 6:41 pm

    As always they sound great! yum!

  14. bangermashchat

    28th March 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Never thought of combining mincemeat with chocolate, but since I have a jar left over from Christmas and we always have chocolate and ripe bananas in the house, I’ve simply got to give these a go. They look absolutely scrummy. And a great entry for this month’s Family Foodies challenge. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sylvia F.

    29th March 2014 at 10:19 pm

    What a creative way to use mince meat! Sounds super tasty!

  16. Kate@whatkatebaked

    30th March 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love that you felt there was no time to spare, I’m imagining you downing tools and putting into practice a “Cake State of Emergency” to urgently bake these lovely little muffins!

  17. Pam Francis Gregory

    30th March 2014 at 9:28 am

    Another great use for mincemeat!

  18. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    30th March 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I still have half a jar of homemade mincemeat that stares at me every time I open the fridge! Must use SOON, with banana in buns sounds like a very good idea.

  19. Jane Sarchet

    31st March 2014 at 6:46 am

    Ooooh, nice combo of flavours choccy. They sound scrummy 🙂
    Janie x

  20. Camilla Hawkins

    15th April 2014 at 11:11 am

    Banana, chocolate and dried fruits – a perfect comination, it’s so good to get odd bits of food used up which might otherwise have been wasted. Thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch with such a yummy recipe:-)


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