Chia seeds are all the hype these days and we are hooked! They are packed with fibers, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and proteins. We add those tiny powerhouses to our yogurt, smoothies, salads, and oats on a daily basis. Click here to learn more about the amazing healthy benefits of adding chia seeds to your daily diet.
In addition to being an amazing source of low-calorie nutrients, chia seeds have another magical power. They can absorb a crazy amount of liquid, up to ten times their own weight, and form a jelly-like consistency without the need of adding refined sugar, gelatin or preservatives.
This magic jam only takes 5 minutes to prepare and is seriously one of the best and healthiest jams we have ever eaten!
And the best part… you can make this guilt-free jam with your favorite flavors.
Here’s one of my family’s favorites
Raw Raspberry Vanilla Jam
Ingredients (makes 1 cup)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup (optional)
- 1 ½ tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon water (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
If using frozen raspberries defrost first.
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. If you like it chunkier you could just mash them with a fork instead of using a blender. If your berries are already juicy enough or you used frozen berries there will be no need to add the extra tablespoon of water to create the chia seed gel.
You could add dates instead of honey, agave, or maple syrup to sweeten things up.
Pulse or mash until desired consistency.
Transfer the mixture to a jar or container with lid.
Allow to set in the fridge for about an hour.
Use as you would use any other jam – on a toast, sandwich, pancakes, waffles, muffins, or swirl in your morning yogurt.
Jam lasts about 1 week in the fridge.
This recipe works with any type of fruit or flavoring. We also love the blueberry-lime or apple-cinnamon combo. But it is up to you which kind of fruit you use. Let the experimenting begin!
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