So Easy. So Healthy. So Good…
Traditional jam recipe uses ton of sugar, pectin, which is a processed substance as a thickener, and it takes a long time, stirring constantly to make homemade jam. And the store bought jams, especially organic ones can be pricey and full of processed sugar, preservatives, and chemicals.
But here’s an easy, cheap, fast, and delicious recipe that uses chia seeds as a natural thickener that is also incredibly good for you. It’s a total win win! And it’s also fun to do with family and friends as a weekend project.
And there’s nothing like spreading homemade jam on perfectly toasted warm bread or as a sandwich spread for that extra yumminess.
With this recipe, you’ll know how to make easy jam for the rest of your life. Woohoo!
About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are loaded with fiber-11 grams per ounce. It also has minerals, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 for reducing inflammation among other things. They are also prebiotic food, that provides good bacteria to keep your gut healthy and it is low in calories and keeps you full so you won’t eat as much if you’re watching your weight. You can also use chia seed to thicken your savory foods. It’s truly a magical seed.
2 cups fresh organic berries of your choice
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons raw honey, agave, organic maple syrup or organic sugar
2 tablespoon chia seeds; preferably organic. Use more for thicker consistency
Place the berries in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until they are syrupy. About 5-10 minutes.
Mash the berries using a large spoon or a potato masher as lumpy or smooth as you like.
Remove the pot off the heat and add the sweetener of your choice and lemon juice. Give it a taste and adjust to your liking.
Stir in chia seeds and let it stand for at least 5 minutes.
You can add more chia seeds to thicken.
When cooled, transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator, where it will thicken a bit with time.
The jam can also be frozen up to 3 months. Enjoy!
Extra Health Tip!
When having toast or even pancakes, skip the butter. It’s more of a habit and you won’t miss it, because the main flavor and sweetness is in the jam or maple syrup in the pancakes or waffles. And you’ll avoid saturated and trans fat, extra calories, dairy, hormones and chemical additives, and more.