Easy Vegan Paleo Blueberry Jam, Refined Sugar-Free

Easy Vegan Paleo Blueberry Jam {GF, Refined Sugar-Free}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, AIP, Refined Sugar-Free}

After having made this Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake Tart, I’ve been putting the jam topping recipe I used on it to good use. My makeshift easy vegan paleo blueberry jam topping for that tart actually made for a really nice jelly spread! I’ve made similar jam recipes before, but I never used agar agar flakes in them, and while they usually tasted very good, they also sometimes happened to be a little runny for my liking. Agar agar flakes made all the difference here.

I’ve been enjoying this blueberry jam since and I think it makes a wonderful spread for toast, a topping for tarts and cheesecakes, and a great filling for pie. It can of course be made with any other berry too, so it’s a very simple and versatile recipe to have on hand, which is why I decided it deserves a blog post of its own. I’ve tried it out with strawberries and rhubarb, with raspberries, and with wild blueberries so far. You can also add some ground vanilla bean (or some pure vanilla extract, etc.), cinnamon, and any other spices to the mix if you’re feeling adventurous. Can’t wait till actual berry season to make wild berry jams and spreads out of it!

Note: the agar agar flakes help the jam to gel up a bit as it cools in the fridge. You can skip it if you’d like and you’ll still end up with a very nice jam, but it’ll be a bit runny. The lemon juice helps things to gel a little too, so don’t skip that.

Easy Refined Sugar-Free Vegan Paleo Blueberry Jam Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups blueberries (I used frozen wild blueberries, but any fresh or frozen berry will do)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp agar agar flakes

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients except for the agar agar into a small sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently to mix everything together. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the liquid has reduced a bit, stirring occasionally to mix all the ingredients together.

2. Add in the agar agar flakes and stir until the flakes are dissolved (should just take a minute or two). Remove from heat and transfer into a glass jar or bowl. Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature and then place in the fridge. The mixture will thicken and become more gel-like as it cools in the fridge overnight, though it can be enjoyed while still warm too (though it’ll still be a little runny until it has time to set in the fridge).

Easy Vegan Paleo Blueberry Jam, Refined Sugar-Free

Enjoy!

xo Audrey

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This vegan paleo blueberry jam recipe is shared with the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable, #glutenfreefridays, Let’s Get Real Friday Party, Real Food Fridays, Eating Inside the Box, and Natural Family Friday.

** A big thanks to Vanessa @ Natural Family Today for featuring this recipe.

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3 Responses to Easy Vegan Paleo Blueberry Jam, Refined Sugar-Free

  1. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy April 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real Party. Our berry season has started, and I’ve been wondering how to make jam without any processed ingredients. I will definitely look into agar agar flakes.

    • Audrey April 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Thanks Gaye. Agar agar flakes seem to be very versatile. I’ve used them in several recipes now, and I keep finding new uses all the time :). I also like the health benefits of agar agar — it reduces inflammation, good for liver support, weight loss and digestion, good source of iron and calcium, amongst many other things, so why not include it whenever possible, right? ;)

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