Bestemor’s Amazingly Healthy Strawberry Jam

I am in Norway visiting my grandma, and as usual she has stocked up on several jars of strawberry and blueberry jams.  This is always wise, as we love this jam and eat more than our share on bread while we are here.  I asked grandma to show us how she makes this jam.  It is super easy, wonderful, and healthy.  She sweetens the jam using dates, but you would never be able to tell.



500 g (1 pound) of frozen strawberries

4-5 large dates (soft)

1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

1/4 teaspoon agar agar



Let the strawberries thaw slightly until there is enough liquid to blend dates.  Use the thawed strawberry liquid to blend dates in blender for a minute or so.  Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  (Be sure to add the agar agar while liquid is cold.)  Reduce heat, simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Jam is now ready to be put in glass jars.  Let it cool completely before using as the consistency will be runny while warm.  When cool, store in the fridge.

Note:  Grandma keeps frozen strawberries and blueberries in her freezer and makes up this jam as needed.  It is super easy and so delicious.

Note:  If making blueberry jam, follow the same recipe.  Add a few drops of vanilla extract for flavor.


4 Replies to "Bestemor's Amazingly Healthy Strawberry Jam"

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    Chantee and Maria Fisher 😊
    September 2, 2018 (12:27 pm)

    The videos you make with Bestamor are our favorites! I’ve been looking for instructions for making sugar-free jam for a long time so I was very excited to see this. 🙂 Don’t hesitate to talk in Norwegian in the videos… we like that a lot!

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      October 25, 2018 (7:52 pm)

      Dear Chantee and Maria,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I hope you like the jam. I love Bestemor’s jam. I will let Bestemor know that she needs to do more videos with me on my next visit. Your comment totally made my day! 😃

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    December 13, 2018 (6:42 pm)

    I’m going vegan and this will be my first vegan prep. Your recipes all look great. Wish me luck on my first try.

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      December 19, 2018 (10:35 pm)

      Wonderful! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Happy Holidays.

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