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.
P.S. You may want to also check out this Vegan Paleo Balsamic Raspberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe.Print
Easy Vegan Paleo Blueberry Jam, Refined Sugar-Free
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 cups blueberries (I used frozen wild blueberries, but any fresh or frozen berry will do)
- ¼ - ⅓ cup maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp agar agar flakes
- 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.
- 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).