Spread the Love – Guide to Low Carb, Sugar-Free Jams, Jellies & Fruit Spreads
A breakfast table just isn’t complete without a nice jar of jam for your fresh, low carb toast or to top off a hot bowl of cereal with something sweet. Of course, we’re sure that you also know just how delicious even a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be when you have an unstoppable craving for one. However, on the low carb diet, this can present a bit of a challenge, since traditional jams, jellies, and fruit spreads are typically loaded with sugars and carbs that you’re trying to avoid.
So, what can low carb dieters do when they want to enjoy the vibrant flavours of fruit preserves? Fortunately, there are actually many different options available for low carb, low sugar, and sugar-free jams, jellies, and fruit spreads that taste great and fit perfectly in to the low carb lifestyle. Let’s take a look at what’s out there!
What should I look for in a low carb jam or jelly spread?
First and foremost, you’ll want to scan the ingredient label of any jam or jelly product and look for the usual suspects; sugars and alternative sweeteners that still count as carbs. Specifically, natural sugars like glucose and fructose are the most common that you’ll find in jams and jellies.
Other sweeteners that you may find in jams and jellies include sucralose (also known as Splenda), and Stevia, which is one of the most popular sweeteners for low carb and keto dieters. Stevia is naturally-derived and is a zero-carb option that is ideal for sweetening a wide variety of foods.
If you are interested in learning more about the many different types of sugars and alternative sweeteners, and whether they’re suitable for a low carb or keto diet, visit our Keto Diet Guide to Artificial Sweeteners.
Walden Farms has a reputation of being one of the top-brands in the world of low carb dieting, and with good reason. Their products are consistently rated highly by customers here at The Low Carb Grocery thanks to their amazing taste and dedication to quality ingredients. Walden Farms offers a broad range of fruit spreads and jams including apple butter, apricot, blueberry, and grape, just to name a few.
Walden Farms also makes delicious low carb peanut spreads to go with their fruit spreads, so you can enjoy all different kinds of peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Be sure to stock up on your favourite Baker’s Deluxe low carb breads, because once those sandwiches start to get eaten, they won’t last long!
Like the ads say, with a name like Smuckers, it’s got to be good! Their line of sugar-free jams brings the same classic great taste of Smuckers jams to low carb kitchens all over the world. Choose from concord grape, seedless strawberry, or seedless blackberry & enjoy the smooth, delicious flavours on a fresh piece of low carb toast. An excellent addition to any healthy breakfast!
For those who prefer a little more spice in their lives, the wonderful folks at Hot Mamas have a pair of scrumptious jellies that are absolutely amazing, and great for all kinds of recipes & appetizers. Choose from low sodium red pepper jelly or spiced apple pepper jelly, and experience the unique flavours that these spreads will bring to your taste buds!
Make your Own Sugar-Free Low Carb Jams & Preserves
If you’re interested in making your own sugar-free jams and fruit preserves so you have complete control over the ingredients, here’s a great recipe from VeryWellFit.com that is a step-by-step guide to making sugar-free jam. The methods detailed do not require pectin and can be used to make spreads from a wide variety of different fruits, such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
For a jam recipe that is keto-friendly, check out this recipe for Very Berry Chia Jam from Gnom-Gnom.com. Not only is it incredibly delicious, it’s also safe for paleo and gluten-free dieters, too. Give it a try and we’re sure that you’ll always want to have a jar of it handy in your fridge. It’s definitely super yummy!
Need another excuse to use some of these delectable jams? Well, here’s an appetizer that is sure to make your guests beg for the recipe. We found this Brie Appetizer MISSING THE LINK Bites with Raspberry Jam recipe at JoyFilledEats.com, and we simply had to share it with you! Not only do these little bite-sized treats look gorgeous, but the taste is simply unbelievable. This is the perfect opportunity to use your low carb raspberry jam in a creative new way!
Life is Sweet with Low Carb Jams & Jellies
We hope that this article has inspired you to try some new fruity flavours from some of the most popular low carb brands, or sparked your creativity to invent your own sugar-free jam recipes. With so many fruits to choose from, there really is no limit to the amazing taste combinations that you could try.
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