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Basic Two-Ingredient Fruit Spread (Plus Great Add-In Ideas)

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I have started watching what goes into my food, so I've begun making my food from scratch.

Lavender pear fruit spread (recipe below)

Lavender pear fruit spread (recipe below)

As much as I love sweets, I know it's not healthy to consume a lot of them. This is why I try to minimize sugar in my food without sacrificing flavor.

I also love fruit—but fruit jams and jellies are notorious for the amount of sugar they contain. I've begun making my own fruit spreads at home so that I can control the amount of added sugar.

Usually I make enough for just three or four days and store it in a small glass bottle in the refrigerator. This is because I don't add any kind of preservatives.

Basic Two-Ingredient Fruit Spread

This is my basic recipe which requires only two or three ingredients, depending on if you want to add the optional sugar.

I have used this recipe with strawberries, pears, and oranges.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fruit of choice, roughly diced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons muscovado sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the diced fruit on a pan.
  2. Add water.
  3. Bring the fruits to a boil; then lower the heat to a simmer.
  4. Add sugar if desired.
  5. When the fruits have become soft, turn off the heat.

Optional Add-Ins

I enjoy making this fruit spread because I can get creative with what I add into it. I have used the following add-ins and came up with delicious and healthy spreads.

  • Chia seeds: I add this to strawberry and pear spreads. Watch the video below to learn more about this superfood.
  • Hemp seeds: Here's another superfood that you can add to your spread. I add this to all my fruit spreads after cooking them. Allow the fruit spread to cool down, then add the hemp seeds.
  • Cinnamon: I add this to the strawberry and pear fruit spreads.
  • Lavender sugar: I use this in my pear fruit spread. The lavender taste is just delicious. It is a subtle taste that makes any French toast unforgettable.
  • Muscovado sugar: I use this in all of my fruit spreads. Note that it will make your fruit spread a dark color.
  • Honey or agave syrup: Use 1 tablespoon of honey or agave syrup per 1 cup of fruits (or as desired).
  • Pure vanilla extract: I add this to the pear fruit spread.
  • Butter: I add this particularly to the pear fruit spread, but you can add it to any fruit spread for a richer taste. I use olive oil butter.

Lavender Pear Fruit Spread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roughly diced pears
  • 1 tablespoon lavender sugar, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Roll diced pears in the sugar mixture.
  3. Put the pears and the remaining sugar mixture in a pan and add water. Let it boil.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Add optional butter. Cook until butter dissolves.

Tasty tip: Add a dollop of cream when serving it on French toast!

How to Enjoy Your Fruit Spread

Just like your regular jams and jellies, you can enjoy homemade fruit spreads on pancakes, waffles, French toast, and with any breakfast bread.