Apricot Jam / Spread [Gluten free, Sugar free, Vegan]

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As with most sweet treats, I never particularly indulged in the pre-Paleo days.  Enjoying the occassional honey or maple syrup has added variety in my Paleo lifestyle but I am cautious to monitor my blood-sugar levels during these indulgences and tend to avoid it, and, rather make a date paste to add natural sweetener to a treat but this too is not often.  Having tried an apricot jam in the past, using chia seeds to provide the elasticity, I sadly indulged in it once and never made it for myself again.  I’ve often thought about making it differently and when the opportunity arose to try out what I had in mind, using a combination of dried apricots and dates soaked in a mint and basil-infused water mix, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the turn out.

A quick and easy method and recipe, the quantities may be increased to suit the amount you require – I go by the rule of consuming any food preparation within 5 days, so I made this jam in a small quantity – not that I would eat it all though 😛

Spread on Paleo toast or on Gluten and sugar free scones, added to a stir-fry meal, this jam or spread makes guilt-free jam a guilt-free treat!

Ingredients

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About 70g of preservative and sugar free dried apricots

About 10 dates

a few sprigs of fresh mint

a few sprigs of fresh basil or half a tsp of dried basil

1 cup water

 

Here’s How

  • Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stove top.  Add in the fresh herbs, remove the pot from the stove, cover with the pot lid and allow to infuse for 3-4 minutes.

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  • Remove the herbs by straining off the water and retain the infused water, then add it to the apricots and dates and allow this mix to soak for an hour.

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  • Remove from the liquid and blend in a blender or food processor to the consistency you desire.

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Prava Singh

A Mom, daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend experiencing life through an evolutionary body with a revolutionary mind... A recent past former Type 2 insulin dependent and hypertensive walking time-bomb for 13.5 years, I have made positive lifestyle changes that has aided and abetted my health status for my overall betterment. Passionate about all things food, with a proud Indian heritage, I regularly blog my culinary attempts that have worked for me in my endeavours to break the shackles of food addictions and food slavery. Passionate about people too, my decision to share these endeavours is driven by informing others that a lifestyle change through food is indeed possible. I have indeed survived high school and survived life too in the most interesting and thought-provoking ways. Having lost over 50kgs of excess weight in just under a year, I have reclaimed my life and am thoroughly enjoying the journey.

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