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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam Recipe

This low sugar strawberry jam recipe is a bright, fresh, and tasty jam made with a fraction of the sugar of traditional recipes. Made from fresh or frozen strawberries, this fantastic jam is ready in about 30 minutes and made healthier with less sweeteners.

I love using this jam on sandwiches, on toast, or in strawberry jam cookies. It can last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but it’s so delicious it will go quickly!

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It’s strawberry season here in New England – all the you-pick farms are open for business!  I love getting fresh strawberries from our local farm stands, or even at the market this time of year. Nothing beats fresh strawberry jam, which is just right when it’s made with less sugar than traditional versions.

If you don’t have fresh strawberries, no problem – frozen berries work perfectly! Most frozen fruit is packed when it’s ripe, so you can enjoy sweet strawberry jam any season.

This Low Sugar Strawberry Jam Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Naturally Sweet
  • Made with 3 Simple Ingredients
  • Easy
  • Great with Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

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Make Strawberry Jam with Frozen or Fresh Berries

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for this recipe. If you have a bag of frozen strawberries in your freezer (or see some on sale) this is a great way to transform them into a bright and simple dish the whole family can enjoy. By using freezer ingredients, I can stock up when they are on sale, and use them in all kinds of great dishes. It saves me a trip to the store, and I can have amazing homemade jam in no time. 

Check out all my recipes that use Freezer Ingredients on The Herbeevore – great for those nights when you want dinner ready fast! And browse my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples for long-lasting staples that I always keep on hand.

What’s In This Less Sugar Strawberry Jam Recipe

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  • Strawberries – again, you can use fresh or frozen for this jam, they both work great!
  • Lemon – fresh is best. The lemon really makes the berry flavor pop and gives a nice acidity in the jam.
  • Sugar – I only use a small fraction of the sugar that normal jams have. I did try making this without any sugar, but I found it needed a hint of sweetness. I like using an organic palm sugar for this, or you can use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup instead.
  • Chia Seeds – a nutritious thickener for fresh jams and jellies – chia seeds are fantastic to add into smoothies or enjoy as a chia seed pudding. These little seeds are super versatile (ever heard of chia pets?) and are wonderful to cook and bake with!  They are also a great source of Omega-3 acids, I use this brand which is inexpensive and also organic!

What equipment do I need to make strawberry jam?

Not too much specialty equipment here! This is a fresh refrigerator jam recipe, so it’s not for long-term canning. All you need is a small pot, a fork or potato masher, and some jars for the finished product.

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How Do I Make Strawberry Jam with Less Sugar?

  1. In a small saucepan, add the sliced strawberries and lemon juice. Place the saucepan over low heat, cover the pot with a lid, and gently simmer the strawberries for 10 minutes.
  2. Mash with a fork, and add the sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Continue to simmer the strawberries for 20 more minutes, until they have broken down into jam. Add the chia seeds and stir.
  3. Place the jam in a mason jar, and allow to cool. Refrigerate and enjoy the jam for up to 2 weeks.

Dietary Modifications for this Jam

  • This jam is naturally vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free, and contains no animal products.
  • To make this recipe gluten free, ensure that all your ingredients including the sugar and chia seeds are certified gluten free before using.
  • For a lower carb version, swap the sugar for a sugar-free sweetener.
  • For a naturally sweetened version, use honey or maple syrup instead of the sugar.

Cozy Homemade Brunch Recipes You’ll Love!

These little jars of  low sugar strawberry jam are great for a quick cozy weekend breakfast, brunch, or brinner (breakfast for dinner!).  They are the perfect recipe for brunch guests, either for serving or giving as gifts. These little jam jars are also great for holiday brunches. 

Ready in under 30 minutes, this low sugar jam is simple to get on the table, and it will go fast!  You can see all my breakfast and brunch recipes on The Herbeevore here, and also if you are heading to a brunch at someone else’s home check out my brunch hostess gift guide for simple gift ideas the host will love!

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What to Serve with Strawberry Jam?

I love spreading this reduced sugar strawberry jam on all kinds of breakfast and brunch dishes! Here are some of our favorites:

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Cottage Cheese and Honey Recipe

Banana Bread with Chia Seeds Recipe

Easy Cornbread Recipe

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies (for a PB&J vibe!)

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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

The Herbeevore
This low sugar strawberry jam recipe is a bright, fresh, and tasty jam made with a fraction of the sugar of traditional recipes. Made from fresh or frozen strawberries, this fantastic jam is ready in about 30 minutes and made healthier with less sweeteners.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 8 ounces
Calories 30 kcal

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • 4 ounce mason jars

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb strawberries stems removed
  • 1 large lemon juiced, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, add the sliced strawberries and lemon juice. Place the saucepan over low heat, cover the pot with a lid, and gently simmer the strawberries for 10 minutes.
  • Mash with a fork, and add the sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Continue to simmer the strawberries for 20 more minutes, until they have broken down into jam. Add the chia seeds and stir.
  • Place the jam in a mason jar, and allow to cool. Refrigerate and enjoy the jam for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 30kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.4mg
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