Chia Seed Jam

imageWe LOVE jam!  One might even say that jam is our JAM!  This version uses chia seeds as a thickener to give it that jammy jam jam quality.  If you haven’t heard of chia seeds, where have you been?  Just kidding.  But seriously, they’re a lot of fun to use, and word on the street is they have some significant health benefits.  I used strawberries for my chia seed jam, but you can use the fruit of your choice, and it’s so easy to make.  Really, you won’t believe how simple this is!  You can spread it on toast, stir some into your favorite plain yogurt, make a PBJ sandwich, or use it how you would use any other jam.  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

PREVIEW:

FYI, I’ve typed “jam” so much by now that it doesn’t look like a word to me anymore.  Anyway, gather your ingredients.  You only need a few things, yay!

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Wash and roughly cut your fruit of choice.  Don’t make yourself crazy trying to get it perfect.  You just want to give it a head start on breaking down as it cooks later.

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Add honey (or your favorite sweetener) and a pinch of salt.  Cook in a saucepan on medium until the fruit starts to break down and the mixture thickens a bit.

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Use a masher to help the fruit break down to a texture you like.

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When it’s thickened to your satisfaction, stir in a squeeze of lemon and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, cook for another minute, then turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.

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After 10 minutes, if the jam isn’t quite as thick as you’d like, stir in another tablespoon of chia seeds.  It will continue thickening as it cools.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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RECIPE:

Adapted from Oh My Veggies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound fruit (use something you’d typically see in a jam or preserves flavor, duh!)
  • 1/4 cup honey or other sweetener of similar sweetness and texture
  • Small pinch of salt
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds or more if needed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and roughly cut up the fruit.
  2. Combine fruit, honey, and salt in a saucepan and heat on medium, using a masher to help break down the fruit once it begins to soften.
  3. Simmer and continue to mash as needed until the mixture reaches a consistency you like.
  4.  Add a squeeze of lemon juice and taste.  Add more lemon and/or honey to your liking, then stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and cook for another minute.
  5. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  6. If the mixture is still too thin for your preference after 10 minutes, stir in another tablespoon of chia seeds.
  7. Cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

We can’t wait to hear what fruit you choose and how your chia jam turns out, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

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One thought on “Chia Seed Jam

  1. Etain October 5, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    We use chia seeds for everything. I’ve never seen chia seed jam, but we’ve done something similar. I liked this post!

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