Keto Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam

Keto Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam

My mom, God rest her soul, made the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the world. She was all about the butter! She used real butter, peanut butter, and apple butter…

I kid you not!

What would that be? An apple butter, peanut butter, butter sandwich?

I don’t know what she would think about my keto almond butter and jelly sandwich and of course it isn’t as good as the ABPBB sandwiches that mom used to make but I think it’s a close second. See what you think.

INGREDIENTS IN STRAWBERRY JAM – 1 jar

½ pound of strawberries
¼ cup Monk fruit sugar
1 tbsp of Greenleaf stevia
1 tbsp. lemon juice
orange zest from ½ of a large orange

If you’re just going to make one jar you need about a half a pound of strawberries. I used a combination of Monk fruit sugar and Stevia. In addition to lemon juice I also used the zest of half of one orange. Get as close to the meat of the orange as you can so that you get the white stuff that’s underneath the skin. This acts like pectin in the jam and the skin gives it an amazing kick!

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY JAM

Wash and slice the strawberries, removing the hulls and green tops. I pulse the strawberries a couple times in my food processor but you can also use a potato masher.
Add them to a saucepan, and mix in the monk fruit sugar and green leaf stevia.

Stir frequently over medium heat, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Once boiling, add the lemon juice and orange zest.

Boil, stirring regularly for about 15 minutes, or until the jam reaches 220F. (Stir often, to make sure the jam doesn’t burn to the bottom of the saucepan) .

When you reach the right temperature, carefully pour into sterile jars (Jars that have been boiled or just run under extremely hot water after being washed in the dishwasher) and allow to cool to room temperature.

Cover and refrigerate. Use within about 2 weeks.

ALMOND BUTTER

Buy raw organic almonds and roast them in the oven. Warm almonds blend more easily and offer maximum fresh almond flavor. Roasting the almonds only takes 10 minutes, and it’s absolutely worth it.

Roasted almonds offer nearly the same nutritional benefits as raw almonds (protein, fiber, healthy fat, and vitamins), and the flavor difference is worth it.

Put them in a food processor, which is what I use, or a high-power blender like a vita mix. I just find it easier to get them out of the food processor than the vita mix but the vita mix does a really good job, too.

You have to blend a while to get them blended into a nut butter consistency. Refrigerate after use.

I am on Keto, so I used a slice of my Yez! Keto bread and heated it in the toaster oven first, then slathered on some almond butter and then some strawberry jam. Delicious!


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