Diane's Fig-tastic Sugar-Free Preserve Recipe: Sweetness Without Guilt

I’m so thankful that figs are so plentiful in North Carolina this time of year. Among my family members, I never run out. Today, I had a bit too much so I decided to make a small batch of fig preserve.

One thing about my cooking is that I prefer to use as much of the whole ingredient of whatever I’m working with as possible. This is for both improved nutrition and environmental sustainability.

In my fig preserve, I use the whole fig to get the added fiber. Plus, the skin adds to the thickening of the preserve. I also don’t use sugar because figs are plenty sweet on their own. As a matter of fact, I often use this preserve as a sweetener in other recipes. It’s particularly great in smoothies.

Figs are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, offering many health benefits.

Lots of baby figs growing beautifully!
Beautiful fig bounty!


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Servings: servings 5


  • 1/2 pound fresh figs (removed and dice)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Wash and dice the figs.
  • Boil in water and lemon juice over medium head.
  • Turn stove to low heat and stir frequently, mashing figs.
  • When cooled store in fridge.
Yummy with fried bread.

See how easy that was. Yummy preserve with no artificial ingredients, unnecessary sugar, preservatives, or artificial additives. Enjoy, I hope you like it!