When I was at the farmers market this last weekend, I picked up a large container of wild grapes. I had never had them before, and I love that they taste like an apple-grape hybrid. What came to mind immediately was fresh grape jam!
When I was growing up, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were always grape jelly. Now, I use tons of different flavors of sugar-free jelly to stir into my yogurt or spread on Quaker rice cakes. So, a sugar-free version of my childhood favorite was in order.
Making it in the slow cooker is so darn easy you have no excuse not to do it! Plus, I don’t use pectin or loads of sugar, so it’s just the pure fruit you’re tasting. I find that my fresh jams or sauces get thick enough after they cool that I don’t need pectin, but if you prefer it, please use it!
Slow-Cooker Muscadine Grape Jam (sugar-free, vegan)
(makes 1 pint jar)
4 cups halved muscadine grapes, de-seeded
¼ cup Splenda or stevia
~Mix together the Splenda and the grapes. Put them in your slow-cooker. Turn on high for three hours OR low for 8 hours. When time is up, uncover the slow-cooker and carefully blend the cooked down grapes with your immersion blender until you get the chunky or smooth texture you desire (if you don’t have an immersion blender, let the mixture slightly cool, then put it in your blender with the top OFF, the top of the blender covered with a towel, and pulse the mixture until your desired texture is achieved).
~Pour the hot mixture into a jar, apply the lid. Let the jar cool for 2 hours on the counter top before placing in the fridge. Enjoy on toast, in a peanut butter sandwich, or stirred into some nonfat plain Greek yogurt!
Strike up a conversation:How do you use jam and jelly in your kitchen? My favorite uses are: stirred into Greek yogurt, stirred into oatmeal, spread on rice cakes, spread on pancakes, or incorporated into a muffin batter!