Making clean eating ketchup at home is really easy if you know the basics. The following homemade tomato ketchup recipe is sugar-free, needs just 3 main ingredients and is ready within a few minutes.
It was again my daughter who introduced it to me some months ago when she experimented in our kitchen. Now this clean eating ketchup has become a staple in our family.
The first ketchup recipe emerged in the USA in 1812. Today, ketchup also known as catsup is so much in use that most people can’t imagine eating French fries (chips), hamburgers, hotdogs, scrambled eggs, and grilled cheese without it.
How to make ketchup in general
Modern ketchup is traditionally made using tomatoes, sweeteners, vinegar, onions, herbs and spices. Most commercial varieties use not only a lot of sugar, but also plenty of salt, chemical flavors and preservatives.
How to make homemade clean eating ketchup
The most important ingredients in a homemade ketchup recipe are of course tomatoes. They should be fresh and ripe but not too hard. The best ones are organic tomatoes but the following homemade tomato ketchup recipe works with tomatoes from cans too. In that case you have to drain the tomatoes very well before you use them.
Options to sweeten homemade tomato ketchup
For sweetness many homemade ketchup recipes use brown sugar, agave nectar or corn syrup. But in my opinion that doesn’t make them any healthier than if you used white sugar. For a clean eating ketchup you can use honey, maple syrup or dates.
I’ve used dates for the following recipe. If you think you don’t like dates please just do me a favor and give it a try before you judge it. I’m also not a big fan of “pure” dates taste but surprisingly I don’t notice it in this ketchup.
- 9 oz/250 grams tomato cubes
- 3 oz/85 grams dried tomatoes (with oil or oil-free, I used oil-free dried tomatoes)
- 8 dates
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the ketchup in a jar and put on the lid.
- If the sauce is too dry especially (especially when using oil-free, dried tomatoes) I recommend to add some olive oil and/or water according to your preferences.
- This ketchup can be stored in your fridge for up to one week.
Video: How to Make Clean Eating Ketchup Quick & Easy
Check out my video below and watch how easy it is to make your own homemade ketchup within a few minutes. Enjoy!
Commercial varieties are loaded with sugar
As a clean eater you are aware that store-bought ketchup is loaded with sugar. But did you know that ketchup provides 1 teaspoon of sugar per 1 tablespoon of condiment? Imagine that one fourth of a bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup is sugar! (23.6g sugar per 100g or 2.6g per serving). From my own experience I know that one serving of ketchup is seldom enough to satisfy the crave for this popular condiment.
But it is not just Heinz – most of the other brands, the store-labeled generics and many of the organic varieties have a similar high sugar content.
My Ketchup Addiction Is Basically A Sugar Addiction
I admit it – I’ve been a huge ketchup lover since my early childhood. I can’t imagine eating French fries without ketchup. You probably know that I try to eat clean most of the time. The 80/20 rule gives me some room for seldom indulgencies. French fries with ketchup is one of them…
So…If someone would serve me a plate of French fries with ketchup right now – it would be hard for me to resist. The more ketchup the better…
I’m aware that this ketchup love is in fact my latent sugar addiction that is craving for more sugar and I will probably keep this addiction forever. But over the years I have luckily found more and more workarounds.
For me the here presented clean eating recipe is a perfect substitute for store-bought ketchup. Also the fact that it needs just 3 main ingredients makes it a winner. Who would have thought that one day for me eating ketchup will turn into a healthy habit?!
It might take you several tries before you find your perfect homemade ketchup but I think it is worth it. If you’d prefer a lighter red color just add a bit of sweet pepper powder.
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