Conventional jam is full of added sugar but chia jam is a bit of a cheat! Making your own chia jam is an easy way to avoid all the nasty added sugar while reaping the health benefits of chia seeds. When you expose chia seeds to water a gelatinous layer forms around the seed. We use this property in recipes like chia pudding and chia jam to achieve a jelly like consistency.
Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. The gelatinous layer that forms around the seed carries water with it, helping to keep you hydrated. Chia seeds are also very densely fibrous. The fibre is especially helpful in this recipe to bind the fruit sugars and slowly release them into the blood stream. Find out everything you need to know about fibre here.
You can use any fruit (or combinations of fruit) in this recipe, so get creative!
2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, cherries, etc. or any combination!)
2-4 tbsp maple syrup
3 tsp chia seeds
- add 2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit to a pot and heat over medium heat
- add the juice and rind of one lemon and 2-4 tbsp maple syrup, depending on how sweet you want your jam
- cover the pot and let boil for ~5 minutes
- remove the lid and use a spoon to mash half of the fruit while leaving half intact to give the jam some extra texture (or mash all of it if that’s what you’re feeling!)
- increase the temperature to medium high and boil for 5-10 minutes or until the liquid is halved
- remove from heat and taste the mixture, adding maple syrup if required
- return to heat and add 3 tbsp of chia seeds and stirring constant for 1 minute
- remove from heat and let cool slightly before jarring
- store in refrigerator
Last modified: September 13, 2017