I never used be a huge jam lover, but when I came across chia seed jam, it piqued my interest. Once I tried it, I was hooked.
I add it to everything. Well almost everything…
It’s the perfect natural sweetener for plain yogurt, mixed into oatmeal, spread on top of a warm piece of toast or as a sweet and tangy layer to homemade oat bars, muffins or cookies.
As you all know, I love fiber, I won’t bore you with this but I never even thought a jam could be a blood sugar balancing, keep you full longer, addition to a snack or meal.
Chia seeds are packed with fiber and also contain a good dose of those heart healthy, anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids.
Another bonus that most people don’t know about is that they have a curiously high calcium content as well ( 15% of your daily requirements in just 2 Tbsp!) So for those of you who have troubles getting enough dairy, get on the chia seed train!Print
This super easy home made jam is packed with Omega-3s, fiber and spreads like a dream! Vegan, Kid-Friendly.
- 1 ½ cups raspberries, frozen
- 2 tbsp water
- ½ – 1 tsp vanilla extract (depending on how vanilla-y you like it)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Add raspberries, water and vanilla to a medium-sized pot over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a low boil, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 5 minutes until berries soften. Lightly mash the berries with the back of a fork to achieve the consistency you like (if you like a chunkier jam, leave bigger pieces).
- Stir in the chia seeds and cook on low until the jam thickens, about 5 minutes, stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Let the jam cool to room temperature and then pour into a glass jar or air tight container and store in the fridge. You can also store extras in the freezer and pull it out as you need it!
Optional: add a dash of honey or maple syrup for desired sweetness but it has lots of flavor as is!
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Sauces and Spreads
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: jam, berries, summer, easy, DIY