The High-Fiber, Low-Sugar Fig ‘Jam’ Preserve

Every other week, Nikita heads to the kitchen to test out recipes we think the mang’Oh community will love.  As a twist on the usual healthy fare, our recipes are usually sweet treats that incorporate an abundance of fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts.  We believe that “real food” treats eaten in moderation can add some fun and variation to a healthy, plant-based diet.  We hope you’ll try them out and let us know what you think!  

I am a big cheese lover and for me nothing goes with cheese better than some fruit preserve of some type. I also absolutely love figs and so I thought I would try making a preserve that had very little sugar added. I found this recipe for a fig ‘jam’ preserve where you use honey instead of sugar. I then halved the amount of honey that they used and to be honest I prefer this preserve to the other extremely sweet ones that you get at the shop.

Figs are high in fiber, making them a good fruit to eat when wanting to lose weight! They also assist in lowering high blood pressure. That, combined with the vitamin C boost from the lemon, makes this preserve delicious as well as healthier than most sugary preserves.

Ingredients 

6-10 figs (washed, stems removed and cut into quarters)
1 1/2 Tablespoon Honey
1/4 Cup Water
The juice of 1 lemon
The zest of half a lemon

Directions

  1.  Place the figs in a pot, add the honey and water and let it sit for 20 minutes off the heat
  2. Over a medium heat, bring the mixture to the boil for 2 minutes and then let it simmer for an hour (mixing every 10 minutes)
  3. Add the lemon juice and zest and then stir the mixture
  4. Bottle the jam and it will last for 3 weeks when refrigerated

This recipe was inspired by Tasty Yummies

(See Chocolate Bark to learn how to make the Chocolate Bark in the last picture)