Super Easy Chia Jam Recipe

Traditional fruit jam is made with insane amounts of sugar, while this chia seed jam recipe uses very little. Chia seeds are small, flat, and ovular with a shiny and smooth texture and they range in colour from white to brown or black. These seeds are highly versatile. They can be soaked and added to porridge, made into pudding, used in baked goods, or simply sprinkled on top of salads or yogurt.Because of their ability to absorb liquid and form a gel, they can also be used to thicken sauces or as an egg replacement. Chia seeds can also thicken jam and this recipe yields about 1 cup of jam, it’s so easy to make and small batches means you can use fresh seasonal or frozen fruit to make a variety of flavours. This recipe works well with all types of fruit including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, kiwi or pineapple,

Health benefits of chia seeds

Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

  • Chia seeds contain many powerful antioxidants that may reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer.
  • Chia seeds are an excellent source of many essential minerals but a poor source of vitamins. They are high in manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, and calcium.
  • Chia seeds are packed with fiber and among the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits. They’re also loaded with quality protein.

Chia seed jam recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1–2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (only if needed)

Method

  1. Heat fruit in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is heated through and begins to break down and bubble.  Use a spoon or masher to mash the fruit to your desired consistency.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice until well combined.  Taste to check for desired sweetness, and stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons sweetener as required .
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes – .the jam will thicken as it cools.
  4. Give the jam a good stir.  Transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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