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Raw Strawberry Date Jam

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Strawberry-date-jam1Making your own raw jam is easy peasy!  This recipe is wonderful to spread on; raw crackers, breads, spread in between cake layers or on brownies.

This would also be wonderful spread on the banana crepes!  I can’t express enough to make sure that you purchase only organic strawberries.  They are one of the top rated fruits on the “Dirty Dozen” list, meaning that they are high in pesticides when you don’t purchase organic.

When you blend these simple ingredients together… you can create a very creamy, smooth jam texture or just pulse the ingredients together to create a rustic look.  That is what I did in the photo.

Selecting Strawberries

When preparing raw food, it is so important to use the best quality when it comes to ingredients.  Select strawberries that are firm, plump, free of mold, and which have a shiny, deep red color and attached green caps.

Since strawberries, once picked, do not ripen further, avoid those that are dull in color or have green or yellow patches since they are likely to be sour and of inferior quality. Medium-sized strawberries are often more flavorful than those that are excessively large.

After making this jam, I spread it on my Raw Raisin Bread, which was wonderful!  I hope you enjoy this simple recipe and find many creative ways to use it.

raw-strawberry-date-jam3Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mejool dates, pitted and soaked
  • 2 cups strawberries, organic with greens removed

Preparation:

  1. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine the dates and strawberries.  Blend till nice and creamy.  Or you can stop it sooner if you want a more chunky style.
    • I added some fresh mint which was just delicious.
    • If the dates are really dry and hard, I recommend re-hydrating them by placing them in the bowl and add enough water to cover them.  After 15 minutes, drain the soak water and hand-squeeze the excess water from them.
  2. Store in glass containers in the fridge for about 7 days.

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10 thoughts on “Raw Strawberry Date Jam

  1. Chris says:

    Is there a replacement for dates? They are so high in sugar, which I have to watch due to fructose malabsorption. Can you use Irish moss? What about Goji Berries?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Chris,
      Yes you could replace the dates with your preferred sweetener. What do you use? It depends on it’s form as to how you tweak the recipe. And yes you can use Irish moss. I have made raw jams that way, using anywhere from 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Irish moss gel. amie sue

  2. Pilar says:

    Hi again, Amie,
    How long would this jam last in the refrigerator?

  3. Queene says:

    I luv this simple n way mo heathy recipe for jam ~ my moms just been told recently that shes gwanna have to eat way different foods so I hope she’ll be willing to try this ~ I know Ima making this tomorrow after I go n get my dates

  4. Sadie says:

    Hi,
    I was curious about replacing the fruit in the recipe – as strawberries are out of season (and pricey right now) I have a bunch of frozen blueberries I would love to make into jam, would the ratio of fruit to dates need to change at all?

    I was browsing your other recipes and saw you had a few that can use fresh or frozen blueberries, but that they all involve chia seeds which I can’t have unfortunately, and I was interested in the simplicity of this 2 ingredient recipe :)

    Thanks!

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