Spiced Plum Jam

homemade spiced plum jam

Sharing a quick and easy recipe for a delicious refined sugar-free plum jam, spruced up with a hint of warming spices. A cozy little treat I love to use as a topping on cheesecakes, in my breakfast oats, or on toast... and especially as a simple gift.

making jam with plums

In autumn, making quick and easy jams like this (without pectin or refined sugar) is one of my favorite things to do. There's an abundance of lovely end of summer and autumnal fruits in season, and I often get gifted more fruit than I can possibly eat or bake with all at once (thanks mom and dad...), so making preserves is an easy way to conserve all the beautiful fruit and use the jam for little treats for months to come.

Plus, very few things can beat the aroma of fruit and maple syrup caramelizing and reducing into a jam on your stove top! :) Probably my favorite part of the deal here.

diy plum preserves

It's a small batch recipe, since I like to make different flavors and play around with spices and fruit mixes. And I enjoyed this particular version of a plum jam here (one of several different kinds I made lately) for its thick preserves-like quality, and it's warm spiced feel.

A few quick notes about this recipe

  • Feel free to size up to make more if you've got lots of plums on your hands, just keep in mind that things might need to cook longer in that case -- watch that the jam has thickened to a consistency you like and you should be good to go.
  • Also of course, a lot of the sweetness and flavor can depend on your plums, their ripeness and, well, how tasty a batch of plums you've got on your hands. So feel free to adjust the maple syrup to your liking.

Refrigerated (and assuming of course that the storage jar has been sanitized ahead of time) this jam will last for months in the fridge and can be used as a simple homemade refined sugar-free jam alternative or in baking as needed.

spiced plum jam on toast recipe

P.S. if you're looking for more recipes with plums, you might enjoy some of these recipes as well:

homemade spiced plum jam

Spiced Plum Jam

  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: approx. 1 cup
  • Category: Jam
  • Method: Cooked
  • Cuisine: Dessert


A delicious refined sugar-free plum jam, spruced up with a hint of warming spices. An easy vegan preserves recipe (maple-sweetened, made without pectin).


  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped ripe plums
  • cup dark maple syrup
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 whole star anise


1. Place all ingredients into a medium-small sauce pan (ideally one that’s wide-mouthed, but still has tall-ish walls). Stir the mixture together to combine all the ingredients.

2. Bring to a light boil on medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Then reduce heat to medium-low (or low, as needed) and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10-20 mins. Remove and discard the star anise. Then transfer the jam into a small glass jar or container. Let it cool down to room temperature and then place (and store) in the fridge. Enjoy!

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