This is a modified recipe I’ve cooked up (and posted) before, with some added corrections. Come this time during the year, you begin to see fresh berries at every corner… I can’t resist them. They are small, sweet and rich in antioxidants. So what better way to eat them (and preserve them) than by transforming them into a fresh, homemade jam? Now I know what you must be thinking… Jam? That must be difficult to make and it’s probably packed with sugar! Well you’re wrong! With the use of chia seeds as a natural thickener, this jam is made in under 20 minutes!! And instead of sugar, we are using maple syrup and honey. This jam is naturally sweet plus it has all the added benefits of chia seeds. As many of you know these magical seeds have been dubbed a new superfood. They add no flavor to the jam yet they provide consistency to the recipe and cut the cooking time. Additionally they help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you feeling fuller longer. It is the richest plant source of omega-3, it’s a good source of protein, it’s low in calories, high in fiber, it’s extremely high in antioxidants and the list goes on and on…So there are many reasons you should add this jam to your breakfast or snack. My favorite chia jam combinations: with peanut butter and toast…or with crackers and cheese as a flavorful snack. Also works great on oatmeal, cookies, bread, muffins, bagels, parfaits, granola, quinoa and more! So go ahead and experiment with this glorious home made jam…because it’s not only healthy but it can be ready in 20 min! How great is that?! Chia seeds are truly magical. For those who have a hard time buying chia seeds, I order mine online via amazon. (click on the hyperlink to see the brand I use, I included a picture just in case…).
3 cups of assorted berries (I used blackberries, blueberries and raspberries – you can use frozen mixed berries and thaw completely before using)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup, or any other other liquid sweetener – add more if desired
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp of chia seeds
1. In a medium-sized non-stick pot, bring the berries and 3 tbsp of liquid sweeteners to a low boil. Stir frequently, and reduce heat to low-medium to simmer for about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the berries with a potato masher or fork, leaving some for texture.
2. Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens to your desired consistency, or about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.
3. Once the jam is thick, remove from heat. Let cool off at room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.
4. Store jam in an air-tight container in the fridge. For best results consume within 2 weeks.
5. Incorporate this savory treat into your breakfast or snack recipes and enjoy!
…Btw… how cute are those home-made labels? I found them online as “free printable preserve labels”… You can finds tons of cute ones online…and for free… This is definitely a possible Christmas gift idea. Buy some mason jars, fill with jam and add those cute home-made labels! Done…an inexpensive, easy, DIY, edible and healthy gift that will help protect your love ones from cardiovascular disease….what more can you ask for!?! Did you know that the #1 cause of death of both men & women in the US is cardiovascular disease?! Help them! (and in a sweet and inconspicuous way).