Making my own jam has always been on the top of my to do list, along with other pickles and preserves I’d love to try. Until I have the time to do it all properly though, this chia seed jam fills the spot nicely.
It uses 3 ingredients, takes about 5 mins to make, an hour to set and then you’re good to go! Not only that, unlike regular jam this has the added nutritional benefits from the chia seeds which are packed full of omega 3 fatty acids (think healthy skin, hair, nails and a natural anti-inflammatory agent in the body), fibre and protein. Good things really do come in small packages in the case of chia seeds! And let’s not forget the goodness of berries as well – packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. This jam should really be called a super spread!
Also, I used frozen berries in this tutorial, but you can use fresh as well. You’ll just have to add an extra spoonful of water during the cooking.
Now let’s get started!
Step 1: Place your berries in a pot with water and sweetener of choice.Step 2: Bring it all to the boil, then turn off the heat once the berries have defrosted (if using frozen).Step 3: Mash the berries up to your desired consistency (I like mine a bit chunky) and add your chia seeds.Step 4: Stir well then pour into a sterilised jar (easily done by popping your jar and lid in a pot of boiling water for 5 mins) and pop in the fridge for a minimum of an hour. Will keep for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. And that’s it! Use it as you would normal jam, or stir it through your yoghurt for a naturally flavoured fruity yoghurt, add a couple of spoonfuls on top of your granola or oats instead of stewed fruit… Options are endless!
- 1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon honey or rice malt syrup
- 1 tablespoon water*
- Place all ingredients except the chia seeds into a pot on a high heat.
- Turn the heat off once the berries have defrosted (if using frozen) or once the mixture has come to the boil (if using fresh).
- Take the pot off the heat and mash the berries to desired consistency.
- Add the chia seeds and stir through well.
- Pour into a sterilised jar** and place in the fridge to set for a minimum of an hour.
- Will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
- * Use 2 tablespoons of water for fresh berries.
- ** Sterilise your jar by placing both the jar and lid in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes.