Savor the sweet-tart flavor of damson plums without the guilt with our unique sugar-free damson jam recipe! This healthy alternative to traditional fruit preserves is crafted without added sugar, yet packs the same bold and delicious taste that has made damson plums a favorite ingredient. Hailing from Europe and Asia, these small purple fruits boast a juicy flesh that is rich in flavor, making them the perfect base for a sugar-free preserve. (You can find an option with sugar at Sugar Damson Plum Jam Recipe or Low Sugar Damson Jam Recipe)
The recipe for this delightful treat is surprisingly simple and requires only a handful of ingredients. Instead of relying on sugar, you can use natural sweeteners like stevia, erythitol or xylitol to enhance the flavor. A splash of lemon juice or vanilla extract can also add extra depth. The cooking process is the same as traditional jam-making, with the plums being cooked with the sweetener until they reach a thick, spreadable consistency. (You can find other Damson jam recipes at Damson Plum Jam Recipes)
One of the best things about sugar-free damson jam is its intense flavor profile. The natural tartness of the fruit is perfectly balanced by the sweetener, resulting in a preserve that is both satisfying and flavorful. Furthermore, the rich fruity taste of the damson plums is intensified through the cooking process, making this preserve a true taste explosion.
With its thick, jam-like texture, sugar-free damson jam is ideal for spreading on toast, incorporating into yogurt, or using to add flavor to dishes. It’s also a great way to add flavor to sauces and baked goods without the added sugar.
In addition to its delightful taste, sugar-free damson jam is also a nutritious option. Damson plums are high in Vitamin C, which supports the immune system, and are a good source of fiber, which is crucial for maintaining digestive health. (See What are Blue Damson Plums?) When made into a sugar-free jam, these nutritional benefits are retained, making it a healthy and satisfying ingredient for your diet.
Overall, sugar-free damson jam is a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional fruit preserves. With its sweet-tart flavor, rich, fruity taste, and thick, jam-like texture, it’s a great ingredient to have on hand in the kitchen. So, why not give it a try and enjoy the unique taste of damson plums, without the added sugar?
If you’re looking to make your own sugar-free damson jam, here’s a simple recipe to get you started:
Sugar-Free Damson Jam Recipe
- 2 pounds of fresh damson plums pitted and halved
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of sugar-free sweetener such as erythritol or stevia
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds optional
- In a large saucepan, combine the halved damson plums, water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
- Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the plums start to break down and become soft, about 10-15 minutes.
- Using a potato masher, mash the plums to a chunky consistency.
- Stir in the sugar-free sweetener and continue to cook the mixture until it starts to thicken, about 15-20 minutes.
- If using, stir in the chia seeds and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from heat and let the jam cool completely.
- Once cooled, transfer the jam to a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
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