One of the things I look forward to every summer is the arrival of peaches! There are so many things we do with peaches from our Honey Canned Peaches without sugar, Low sugar Canned peaches, Peach fruit leather, and we even freeze peaches without sugar! But the most recent method is our maple Peach Jam recipe!
What is so unique about this Maple Peach Jam is that it doesn’t contain any sugar. It is sweetened solely with pure maple syrup! And it has such a rich flavor that isn’t overly sweet! And the peach flavor really shines through.
Like I mentioned in our Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe, I don’t like really sweet jams. So my sweet level is usually about half of the regular recipes. Most standard Peach Jam recipes call for 7 cups sugar. That’s a lot of sugar! To me, that is just too much. It masks the flavor of the peaches.
I use less sweetener which means the natural fruit flavor really comes through instead of a sugary taste. I tend to start with just one cup maple syrup for this No Sugar peach jam recipe.
If the peaches happen to be on the tart side, you may need to add more Maple syrup. You can add up to 3 cups if needed and still have the flavor of the peaches. But obviously, we want to go with as little as possible and still have a great flavor.
Maple Peach Jam Recipe
Natural Maple Peach Jam Recipe
A delicious maple peach Jam recipe made without sugar that really lets the peach flavor shine! Yields about 7 half-pints
- 4 1/2 cups sliced Peaches
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
- 1 box low sugar/no sugar Sure-jell Pectin
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- Combine peaches, maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice in a bowl.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Spoon out half and puree
- Combine all into a saucepan with the low sugar sure-jell and butter.
- Bring to a rolling boil
- Boil for 1 minute
- Remove from heat and place in prepared jars
- process in water bath according to your elevation directions.
- You can use up to 3 cups maple syrup, depending on how sweet or tart your peaches are. Start low and add more as needed until you reach your preferred sweetness level.
The processing time in a water bath is based on your altitude above sea level. Altitudes 1,000-3,000 feet you need to add 5 minutes. 3,001- 6,000 feet you need to add 10 minutes. 6,001- 8,000 feet needs to add 15 minutes. 8,001-10,000 feet need to add 20 minutes to your processing time.
So for my house in the Wasatch area of Utah, we process our Jam for a total of 20 minutes in a water bath.
This maple peach jam recipe is great to spread on waffles, pancakes, German pancakes, toast, biscuits, rolls and a number of other goodies! Miss Jade personally loves adding it to her Peanut Butter sandwiches.
Saturday 1st of August 2020
Oh my gosh. This is delicious!! Peach jam is usually pretty boring with the flavor, this is over the top delicious. I used a bourbon aged maple syrup and it was so good!! This is a keeper.
Barbara A Sharpe-Unruh
Saturday 24th of November 2018
Can you use frozen peaches (thawed of course) instead of fresh? I want to make jam for Christmas gifts.
Thursday 29th of November 2018
Yes you Can! Just make sure to let them fully thaw and drain the excess liquid.
Monday 10th of September 2018
Do you need an artificial sweetener with the maple syrup?
Wednesday 12th of September 2018
no artificial sweetener at all. Only maple syrup.
Monday 27th of August 2018
whoa! 3 cups of maple syrup!!? The name NO sugar jam is deceiving...maple syrup is a form of sugar. I use 5 1/2 cups crushed peaches to 3 cups sugar, plus low sugar pectin. I am sure the maple syrup is a nice flavor twist. but definitely not a low sugar option.
Tuesday 28th of August 2018
Hi Donna! Thank you for pulling my attention to this! There is definitely a typo. I generally start with 1 cup maple syrup. Then depending on how tart the peaches are, I'll add more until it reaches my preferred sweetness level. The most I would ever add is 3 cups if the peaches are tart. Beyond that, the sweetener begins to overpower the recipe and you lose the peach flavor.
I mention this as a no Sugar recipe, simply because it doesn't include the traditional granulated sugar like the standard recipes use. And most standard recipes call for about 7 cups of white sugar. As you can image, that's just way too much. So I've tested this recipe over and over and found that it does require Some Sweetener, but sugar is not needed for those that want to follow a more natural food approach. But they can use pure Maple Syrup and use far less than a traditional peach jam recipe.
Again, thank you for helping me see that error!
Saturday 30th of September 2017
Why the small amount of butter. Can I omit this ? Haven't tried yet but love the maple sweetener?
Saturday 30th of September 2017
The butter is for the sole purpose of keeping the jam from frothing as it processes. Otherwise, it produces a lot of foam on the top which has to be removed otherwise you end up with lots of air bubbles in the jam which can ruin it. Just a tiny bit of butter dramatically reduces the froth so you don't have to skim the froth and then wait for it to dissipate after cooking. It makes the Jam texture smoother.
You can omit the butter, but you will need to make sure all froth and foam on the top are removed before processing in the jars. It's an old homemaker hack to make the process go father and easier. But not required to make the recipe set up correctly. You'll just have to add a few extra steps in the middle.