If you haven’t tried this yet, prepare to be blown away. This Chia Seed Jam is packed with natural flavor and all those healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals from chia seeds. Oh and did I mention it’s also delicious?
I’m getting a lot of questions from people wondering where to start when it comes to healthy eating. So I decided to launch a series called simply “The Basics” where I introduce you to very basic recipes that you need in your life if you’re serious about healthy eating. And what better time to start than January, right? I’m so excited!
I decided to kick the series off with a Chia Seed Jam. Why? First, it’s amazing, obviously, but it’s also super versatile. Are you wondering what to top your healthy pancakes or bread with? Chia Seed Jam to the rescue! It’s also super simple, therefore if you’re completely new to healthy eating, this one is going to be a breeze, no worries.
Why not to go for a regularly sold jam, you ask? Look at the label. Often, the first ingredient on that list is SUGAR. Nope, nope, we don’t want that. Definitely no. Instead, opt for either no sugar (as fruit is sweet on itself) or instead of sugar, add a bit of maple syrup.
This Chia Seed Jam literally consists of only 4 ingredients: fruit of your choice, chia seeds, maple syrup, lemon juice. Bam, done. If your fruit is nice and sweet, there’s no need for the extra flavor. You can easily do it just with fruit and chia seeds. Let’s get to it, then!
400g fruit of your choice (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears and anything else you can think of)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. If your fruits are larger – like apples, pears or even strawberries – chop them to small pieces.
2. Put the fruit, lemon juice and the maple syrup into a medium saucepan on a medium heat.
3. Heat fruit, stirring occasionally, it will become a lot more softer, mash with a fork a bit or a lot (depending on if you like the jam smooth or chunky).
4. Bring to boil and cook for 5-10 minutes.
5. Add chia seeds, cook for another minute and then turn off the heat and let the mixture sit for another 15 minutes.
6. Stir and check the consistency, if it’s too runny, add chia seeds and wait another 10 minutes.
7. When the consistency is good, place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
What about you and jams? Do you buy them, not eat them or are you making your own? I want to know! Leave me a comment!