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Probiotic Blueberry Jam Recipe

August 2012 - II 007 (2)We pick a ton of blueberries every year and freeze most in bags and ice cube trays for making smoothies in the winter. I also save some out for making almond crust tarts, jello, fruit leather, and a few jars of jam.

I stopped eating regular jam few years back when I started The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). Part of this healing protocol means avoiding all forms of sugar, so that’s what I did; including jam. Jam contains concentrated amounts of fruit sugar and by not eating it you have a better chance of starving out the excess yeast overgrowth (Candida) that live in the body … a process known as ‘die-off’. 

A few months into my sugar-free diet, I had the idea to kefir all the homemade jars of jam that were stored in my pantry in hopes to get the sugar content down to next to nil. I had already kefired other stuff, so it wasn’t much of a stretch. I did a trial run and it worked! Super easy and probiotic-rich 🙂

Blueberry Jam (Kefired)

Makes: As much jam as you want.


1 (8oz) jar of organic, sugar-free blueberry jam

1 1/2 Tbsp young coconut kefir


  1. Clean a 1-cup Mason jar until squeaky clean.
  2. Mix the ingredients together.
  3. Screw on the lid.
  4. Let sit in warm spot for 2-3 days at 72-74 degrees F (We sell oven kits to maintain consistent temperatures).
  5. You’ll know when the probiotics have done their magic because bubbles will rise up the sides of the jar and the lid will be pressurized.
  6. Store in fridge and eat within a week or so.
  7. Check out Tips & Tricks for how to maintain jam kefir.

Now, you know what to do with all your jam!

To anyone on B.E.D. and practicing food combining…

I would say this recipe is best for the later stages of B.E.D. or any other gut healing diet. At least, that is what I did. The longer you kefir the jam, the less fruit sugar you will have going on in there, so play with things and see how kefiring jam works for you.

That said, there is also the food combining to mention. In my opinion jam kefir is still considered a fruit and best combined with soaked nuts, cheese, fats, and other fruit. I food combine to a “T” and swear by it for keeping my bloating, gas, and gut issues away.

Anyhow, we use this jam in the morning. We add a spoonful into a milk kefir bowl with chia seeds and Super Green. Or, swirl it into coconut pudding with grated sour green apple and soaked almonds. Our fave though is to slather it on raw flax crackers with cultured butter.

Now, we can eat jam with less sugar and more probiotics!

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