Plum Butter Recipe

This plum butter recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy your morning toast.

It seems that plums are a bumper crop this year! At least for those friends and families who have trees of their own. People have been giving us plums right and left around here and it can be tough to keep up with it all! Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have a tree (though I want one…).

Clean Eating Plum Butter

But when somebody gives me so much of a particular fruit, there’s just no way that me or my family can possibly eat it all before it goes bad. So I do what I always do. I dump it in a pot and cook it.

On the day I made this, I wasn’t going to be around for the better part of the day. So I started this off in my slow cooker and when I got home, transferred it to a pot. Worked like a charm and I had fresh plum butter in about an hour after getting home. You can do this in just a pot as well if you’ll be home the entire time, it’s really up to you. I love recipes that are versatile like that. Don’ you?


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Plum Butter in a white bowl surrounded by fresh plums.

Plum Butter Recipe

Delicious, summery morning toast spread!
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Course: Fruit
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes


  • 4 lb. pitted plums (approximately - I used enough to fill my 5 quart slow cooker 3/4 of the way.)
  • 2 cups honey (or Sucanat)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange zest
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. agar agar flakes (optional - for thickness)


Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Combine everything in the slow cooker and cook on low for up to 7 hours.
  • Transfer to a large pot and cook long enough to cook the water down most of the way.
  • Stir frequently. Cook until it has thickened.

Stove Top Directions:

  • Combine everything in a large soup pot and add 4 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to a low boil or simmer and allow to cook until everything has cooked down and thickened. Stir frequently, especially if you have an electric stove. This can burn quickly.


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  1. Looks yummy! Could you use the same recipe and sub peaches?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m not sure, I’ve never tried. I’ll try it and let you know!

  2. Mtn_Teaberry says:

    What can be used beside Agar Agar flakes to thicken this interesting Plum Butter recipe?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      The agar agar is optional. The sugar will help it thicken anyway. You could use a little gelatin, but that’s not considered clean. Cornstarch or arrowroot powder may be other options as well.

    2. Maybe you could use chia seeds, take off stove, or turn slow cooker off, then add the chia seed, then place in fridge. I think that will work.

      1. graciouspantry says:

        It’s worth a shot!

  3. Rachel Anna says:

    Do you deskin and depit them first?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Remove the pits, but not the skins. Unless you prefer it that way. But that was just too much work for me.

  4. How much does this make. Can it or freeze it?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It will vary based on how much you cook it down. It should freeze just fine.

  5. Do you remove the skin from the plums before cooking?

  6. graciouspantry says:

    I honestly don’t know because we ate it so fast. But I would say that it should keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge. It freezes well though if you freeze in small batches. (about 1 to 2 cups)

  7. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! I’m so glad everyone liked it!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    It’s yummy over ice cream, or even over some BBQ pork!

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