This blueberry jam recipe contains only naturally occurring sugar from the fruit and has no added sugar at all! I love blueberries so naturally I wanted to create a healthy blueberry jam recipe that’s refined sugar free, pectin free and easy to make. Date paste is a great alternative sweetener for jam because it has a neutral sweetness which doesn’t overpower the berries, plus it has just the right consistency to make the jam jammy!
Date paste is a healthier alternative to refined sugar, in my opinion, because it's higher in both fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. It's a lower glycemic food than refined sugar and although it isn't particularly low calorie, it offers more value to your body when compared with white sugar. So when I'm craving something sweet I’d choose this low sugar blueberry jam that’ sweetened with date paste over the refined sugary stuff any day.
This refined sugar free blueberry jam recipe is so easy to make. All you need are blueberries, date paste, and a little lemon zest (optional, but recommended because the lemon zest adds a nice bright fresh flavour to the jam). Unlike traditional jam that's preserved in glass jars for longer term storage, this jam is meant to be eaten within a couple weeks of making it, or you can store this low sugar blueberry jam in the freezer and thaw it out as needed.
Refined Sugar Free Blueberry Jam Recipe
4 cups blueberries
1/2 cup date paste (see my date paste recipe for instructions)
1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
Add the blueberries, date paste, and lemon zest to a pot and cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the blueberry jam thickens slightly. Keep in mind it will thicken even more once it cools. Makes 1 3/4 cups of blueberry jam. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or two, or freeze it for later.