Life can be harsh for diabetics – there’s so much sweetness that is denied to them. Fortunately however, marmalade doesn’t have to be one of them. Even more fun than just eating it you can make sugar free marmalade yourself! Oranges, clementines, mandarins, tangerines etc. are all in season now, so make the most of lower prices with a batch of home made, low or no sugar marmalade.
Make sugar free marmalade for diabetics
You will need:
- 5-6 mandarins, peeled
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 6-7 tablespoons sweetener
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons gelatine
Add the peel to a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, strain and repeat. You do this to remove some of the bitterness which in ordinary marmalade is relieved by adding the fruit. In this case, as we use only the peel, boil and strain the peel three times and allow to cool.
Once you can handle the peel, finely chop it according to how chunky you like your marmalade. Return to the pan and again add enough water to cover the peel. Bring to the boil then add the sweetener and lemon juice, stir and reduce the heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile dissolve your gelatine powder in a couple of tablespoons of cold water.
When the peel has softened, remove the pan from the heat and once the mixture has stopped bubbling, stir in the gelatine. Decant the mixture into clean, sterilised jars and seal while still warm.
Make sugar free marmalade for Dukan and other low sugar diets
This marmalade is also suitable for those following the Dukan diet and is great served upon Dukan bread or toast, or for Paleo dieters. In fact making marmalade or jam without sugar is healthy for anyone trying to improve their blood sugar content.
In fact you can make a number of sugary preserves such as jams and marmalades without adding sugar, once you get the hang of natural sweeteners. Honey, Stevia or a number of other brand sweeteners can be used instead of traditional sugar, and you will also need a sugar free pectin or, as in this recipe, gelatine to make the mixture set. If you find the end result lacks colour or flavour slightly, try adding a bit of lime or lemon juice, which works particularly well with black and blueberries, or cinnamon for stoned fruits such as apricots.