I love mincemeat, but my family doesn't (except for our youngest). But my mom and my mom in law always send some our way, so I look for ways of using it that doesn't equal "pie".
I had the idea to make Mincemeat Bars for the kids' lunches - they like Mincemeat Cookies as they taste a lot like Hermits. But I couldn't find a recipe I liked except ones that made them like Date Squares - with the mincemeat in the middle.
So I made up my own.
And tried one warm to make sure it was good. And it WAS! Delicious!
I used applesauce in place of butter or shortening, and added some healthy ingredients so while this is a sweet treat there's good stuff in it too. I'm wrapping them up individually and sticking them in the freezer so I can just pop them into lunch bags. This also makes a HUGE batch.
3 cups mincemeat
1 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp flax seed
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
Mix together mincemeat, eggs, applesauce, and brown sugar. Add in flour, salt, soda, powder, protein powder and stir to combine. Mix in almonds, flax, and rolled oats.
Turn into a greased 11x14 pan and bake for 1 hour at 350. Or for "thinner" bars, divide between 2 13x9 pans and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.