Sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup, this simple homemade ketchup is flavorful, gently sweetened, and a beautiful condiment to be served to kids and adults alike. Unlike most ketchup on the grocery store shelf, healthy, homemade versions of this popular condiment can actually be a beautiful part of your diet!
How much sugar we consume in a year (on average)
As part of our 21 steps to a nourishing diet, I’d love to challenge you to ditch highly sweetened ketchup (and other similar processed foods) and enjoy healthy versions instead. While sugars in their natural forms can definitely be part of a traditional diet in moderation, many don’t realize how bombarded they are with sugar everyday. We’ve gone from consuming an average of 2 pounds of sugar a year, 200 years ago, to 152 pounds of sugar a year. That’s equal to 3 pounds per person every week!
One highly sweetened and popular condiment in the U.S. is tomato ketchup. It is delicious, but unfortunately is full of excess sugar, and most often, corn syrup as well. Thankfully, it’s very easy to make your own ketchup at home. The grand thing about making your own ketchup is that you can make it as sweet as you like! We feel this recipe is pretty sweet with only 4 tablespoons of unrefined sugar for the whole recipe. It’s also fun to make as you can vary the spices and the amounts of spices to taste with great results. It’s easily adaptable and forgiving to change.
My kids have been asking for ketchup to dip their homemade French fries and hamburgers in, and I was glad to whip this up for them.
Health Benefits of Tomato Paste
I make this using really high quality tomato paste, which actually has many health benefits (sources listed below).
- It’s a concentrated source of the powerful antioxidant lycopene.
- Tomato paste has been shown to have cardio health benefits
- It helps prevent sunburn and is anti-aging. It’s a skin booster! (Antioxidants are amazing for preventing sunburn!).
- It has multiple anticancer properties- especially against prostate cancer
All in all, I find this simple condiment a beautiful addition to a healthy diet, and just another example of how making your own versions of popular food items can turn unhealthy choices, into healthy ones!
Just a quick note about brands: I use Bionaturae’s organic tomato paste. It’s delicious and I appreciate that it’s in glass jars (no “tinny” taste). If you can’t find it locally, you can find it here at my affiliates Amazon and Vitacost. Truthfully, I’ve found it cheaper to buy online most of the time.
- 2 tomato paste jars (7 ounces each)
- 2 tablespoons each of pure maple syrup and coconut sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoon unrefined salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Generous pinch or two of each of ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cayenne pepper
- 1 large garlic clove, peeled and put through a garlic press
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
- 2-4 teaspoons yellow mustard (prepared or powder)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Scrap into a jar, and cover tightly, Should keep 10-21 days refrigerated (based on other recipe recommendations). If you’d like to keep it for longer, freeze it!