Flash back moment… to making jam when I was a little girl in my Mam’s kitchen. Beautiful! Such a joy to see fruits magically turn into a little jars of sweet deliciousness. But, oh goodness me, it did seem to take forever to make (and involved an unfortunate amount of sugar – yikes!).
Easy healthy alternatives to regular jam with chia & fruit
As I started to embrace the benefits of healthy eating, I turned to sugar free, yet naturally sweet, ‘fruit spread’ as a jam alternative, from the health food store. My favourite was always raspberry.
However, it wasn’t until I discovered chia seeds many years ago that I thought about making my own!
I noticed that chia seeds, when soaked, created a jelly-like effect. Turns out that is excellent for a super healthy jam alternative! Perfect.
Why we all could do with chia seeds in our lives?
If you’ve not yet discovered the culinary magic of chia seeds, then you are in for a real delight. Chia seeds thicken, in a jelly-like fashion when soaked, making the perfect super healthy thickening agent in this ‘jam’ recipe.
Soaking these seeds also makes them easier to digest them and assimilate their nutrients. As well as being one of the richest plant-based sources of essential fats, chia seeds are also a high quality protein food and loaded with antioxidants. The fact that Aztec warriors ate them for high energy and endurance speaks volumes too.
Chia seed benefits
- Promotes healthy skin
- Excellent for digestion
- Good for bone health
- Helpful for diabetes
- Great for energy boosting
- Excellent protein food
- Antioxidant benefits
Insanely easy to make and this jam freezes too!
Not only is chia jam insanely easy to make (you’ll have to pinch yourself!) – it tastes delectable! It stores for a few days in the fridge (being fresh and all).
The good news is that it freezes too! So if you want to make up a large batch with your freshly harvest fruits – just pop them in the freezer until required.
How to serve it?
You can use this pretty much any way that you’d use regular jam – reassured in the knowledge that not only is it tasty, it is jam packed to the rafters with vitamins, minerals, antioxidant, protein and essential fats.
Chia jam is a world apart from the traditional, sugar laden stuff!
In the picture you can see me serving it on my gluten-free scones. My favourite way to enjoy it at the moment.
My super quick Raspberry Chia Jam video guide
Play my short video first for a visual guide and more tips…
***Please check out my quick video above first for a quick visual guide on how to make this and more tips***
from my heart to yours