Blueberry Ginger Jam (dairy-free, vegan option, honey sweetened)

This honey sweetened blueberry ginger jam only takes 5 minutes to put together and doesn’t use pectin! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and with a vegan option.

Blueberry Ginger Jam - honey sweetened, pectin free and only takes a few minutes to put together! |

Just as soon as blueberry season really gets going, it gets too hot to bake. 84 degrees F in the apartment and no air conditioning? Boo. Blueberries aren’t so easy to work into no-bake recipes so I did what I had to do to use up my blueberries before they met a surely moldy future.

This blueberry ginger jam is spicy and full of blueberry flavor rather than tasting like sugar with some blueberries involved.

Blueberry Ginger Jam - pectin free, honey sweetened and you only need 5 minutes to put it together! |

All you have to do here is put some blueberries in a pot, mash them with the bottom of a glass, and then add lemon juice, ginger and honey. Let it boil until it thickens and that’s it. Delicious homemade blueberry ginger jam!

If you don’t want the ginger, leave it out! Or use strawberries if you don’t like blueberries. I don’t think you can really go wrong here. This blueberry ginger jam is pretty difficult to mess up!

Blueberry Ginger Jam - honey sweetened, pectin free and only takes 5 minutes to put together! |

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Blueberry Ginger Jam (honey sweetened)

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Blueberry Ginger Jam (dairy-free, vegan option, honey sweetened)
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  • Yield: 1 3/4 - 2 cups jam


  • 4 cups (600 grams) blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons (60 grams) honey (for a vegan version, use agave)
  • 3 tablespoons peeled and grated ginger, packed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Place the blueberries in a medium or large pot and smush the berries with the bottom of a glass. Add the honey, grated ginger, and lemon juice and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Boil, stirring every now and then, until the mixture thickens to your liking. This took 40 minutes for me.
  3. To test, put some of the jam on a spoon and then put the spoon on a plate and put the plate in the freezer. Let it sit there for five minutes and then take out. If the jam doesn’t fall easily off the spoon when you turn it to the side, it’s ready and you can take the pot off the heat. If it does pour off easily, continue cooking for another 5 minutes and try the test again.
  4. Let the jam cool and then pour into jars, cover, and store in the fridge and for up 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

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  • Elle says
    August 2, 2014 @ 12:26 am

    Love The recipes– but the ginger is strong. I added some extra honey and chia seeds! Do the unopened jars need to be frozen?? They can’t be put on the shelf?? This is my first time canning– So advice is appreciated!

    • Erin replies to Elle
      August 2, 2014 @ 12:29 am

      I’m afraid that I don’t know a thing about canning. Sorry! :( I always just freeze it after about a week after making it but I’ve never been brave enough to can. If you’ve canned the jars and they’re unopened, they definitely don’t need to be frozen. I just freeze the uncanned jam so it’ll last longer. Sorry I couldn’t be more of a help!

    • Susan Waldon replies to Elle
      July 24, 2018 @ 11:54 pm

      Elle if you boiled the jars off tbey should be fine on the shelf. Sterilize everything you are working with. Once opened regrigerate. My daughter and I have a small canning business and sell at markets. So the freezer is full of friut to kam in tbe winter. If you have a jar that doesnt seal pop into the fridge and use it first.
      If the ginger flavour is too strong next time use half grated and half candied ginger.

      • Erin replies to Susan Waldon
        July 25, 2018 @ 2:13 pm

        Wow! Thanks for your awesome tips. :) Hope you’ll enjoy the jam if you try it!

  • Pat says
    December 8, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Looking for recipes using ginger to help curb nausea for my daughter who has cancer and found yours. She loves blueberry and wondering if this is real sweet? Can you add little more ginger without changing the flavor of blueberry?

    • Erin replies to Pat
      December 8, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

      Hi, Pat! This isn’t very sweet at all. You can definitely add more ginger and if after cooking, it’s too gingery and not sweet enough, you can add whatever sweetener you’d like and stir until dissolved. I think the problem with ginger is that it can easily overpower the other flavors, but if you add just a little more ginger, it should be fine. I hope that your daughter will love it and that it’ll make her feel a little better! :)

  • Jean says
    November 9, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    Just started to look at your system ~ VERY nice…However, I am Diabetic and hoped to see the Carbohydrate number(s)… not there. Well, thanks anyway. Have a nice day.

  • tia mia says
    October 29, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Looks delicious. I will be adding 2 tbsp. of chia seeds to the mix while on the stovetop. Really helps to thicken up the jam and chia seeds are amazingly good for you, too!

    • Erin replies to tia mia
      October 29, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

      Oh, that sounds nice! A nice, healthy change. :)

  • Crystal says
    October 14, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    Do you have any idea what I can use instead of agave or honey. I have IBS and they are suggesting not to use those. I can use maple syrup and regular sugar and corn syrup.

    • Erin replies to Crystal
      October 14, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      Regular sugar should be fine! I haven’t tried it but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. Almost every other jam recipe out there uses regular sugar. Good luck! :)

  • Regina says
    August 28, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    Mmm… what an interesting combination. I only like ginger in certain things but I am totally up for trying it in jam :)

    • Erin replies to Regina
      September 1, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

      I’ve learned I love ginger in everything. Very happy with that discovery. :)

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} says
    August 15, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    I love a great jam! Yours looks incredible and I love the addition of honey. It is so great that it only takes such a short amount of time.

  • Suzanne
    August 14, 2013 @ 5:36 am

    Love this, I used candied ginger in my spiced peach jam and loved it so I’m think this would be wonderful too.

    • Erin replies to Suzanne
      August 15, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

      I’m sure your version is even yummier with candied ginger. Wow. Yummy! :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
    August 13, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    Such a gorgeous color! I never make jam, this sounds wonderful!

  • Kathryn says
    August 12, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Love the combination of blueberry and ginger – so bright and fresh!

  • Serena @Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
    August 10, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    Erin this looks amazing blueberries have always been one of my favorite berries! I can’t wait to be back in my kitchen again to make this before the blueberry seasons over! Off to pin it! Have a great weekend!

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    August 10, 2013 @ 3:28 am

    Only 5 minutes?? I’m in! :D Looks really good my dear!

  • Ashok Kumar Goswami says
    August 9, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    In the preparation of jam the honey boiled for 40 minutes. Whether honey boiled. The taste and properties of honey changed. How much temperature honey boiled. Please reply.

    • Erin replies to Ashok Kumar Goswami
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

      Hmm. I’m not sure I understand. You want to know to what temperature the jam boiled to? If so, I have no idea. Sorry I can’t help you more!

  • Valerie says
    August 9, 2013 @ 1:43 am

    I can empathize with the lack of ac – the oven looks so exhausting in the heat. This jam, however, looks bright and refreshing! Yay to no pectin!

    • Erin replies to Valerie
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

      Exactly. I love baking but when there’s no AC and it’s really hot? I think I’ll just go back to bed…

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    August 8, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    I love blueberries so I’d adore this jam, and I love that you sweetened it with honey!

  • Ada ~ More Food, Please
    August 8, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Yummy! Your jam looks so delicious (love your photos)! Never thought about combining blueberries with ginger, but I can imagine the two working well together. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erin replies to Ada ~ More Food, Please
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      Thank you, Ada! :) And yeah… I guess the combo sounds a little odd but it so worked here!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    August 8, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    Mmm ginger + jam! Sounds like heaven!

  • Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says
    August 8, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    Ok first off I like everything you are doing now. You make me want to try working with whole grains more. I absolutely adore whole grain as opposed to white flour when it comes to bread and other carby type things. I’ll have to accumulate a taste for it in desserts. And second: I like the look of this jam. I like the idea of eat fruits as long as it’s not in a smoothie or in it’s natural form. I don’t know. I would be willing to try this if you put it down in front of me. :)

    • Erin replies to Becca from Cookie Jar Treats
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

      Oh wow. I’m happy you like what I’m doing for once (just kidding! ;)) And you’re so funny. Willing to eat it if I put it down in front of you. I guess that’s something! Better than what I thought which was you hated fruit in all forms. So hooray! A little victory. :)

  • Brooke Schweers
    August 8, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    Yum beautiful jam! It is so refreshing to see a gorgeous jam recipe without any added sugar! :)

    • Erin replies to Brooke Schweers
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

      Aww, thanks Brooke! I’m happy someone appreciates that. :)

  • Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today says
    August 8, 2013 @ 1:04 am

    Imagine the same temperature in apartment on a last floor, without an attick. We’re having sauna in our apartment, but still, summer is fun :)

  • The Café Sucre Farine says
    August 7, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Blueberry jam sounds wonderful but with ginger, wow, that takes it up a notch. What a yummy sounding combination!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    August 7, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I love this flavour! It’s such a great combination and a great way to use blueberries!

  • Ruta says
    August 7, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Mmm, I love ginger in jams. It’s such a nice zing. Also loving the honey sweetened aspect of this, jams always have way too much sugar. I think I’ll definitely give this a try!

    • Erin replies to Ruta
      August 10, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy it, Ruta! Let me know how it comes out. :)


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