Chia seeds are a perfect accompaniment to a wholefood diet. Not only are they highly nutritious but they are also versatile. These seeds absorb approximately 20 times their weight in water so they form a jelly type coating when mixed with liquid. This causes the liquid to thicken considerably making a pudding type consistency (I’m guessing you may have heard of Chia Pudding before?).
Chia seeds are high in omega 3, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, fibre and protein. Including them in snacks, baking or on breakfasts are just some ways you can use these seeds. This jam is very quick and simple to make, contains only 3 ingredients and stores well in the fridge for a week. You can use it as a replacement for regular jam in jam drop biscuits or spread on toast. I love to dollop a generous amount of this jam onto porridge and yoghurt (the kids love it too!). You could also try my Easy Overnight Oats or atop some Wholefood Pancakes.
You can use either fresh or frozen berries for this recipe. I like to use fresh strawberries when they are in season or frozen throughout the rest of the year.
Berry Chia Jam
Prep & Cooking Time: 15 minutes
2 cups frozen or fresh berries (any variety)
1 tblsp chia seeds
a squeeze of lemon juice
- Place berries into saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Continue to cook on a low heat until the berries become juicy and start to break apart.
- Add in the chia seeds, mixing thoroughly to help to smash up the berries further.
- Store in a jar in the refrigerator and use as required.
I love using this super simple, super healthy version of jam for dressing pancakes, mixing into yoghurt, porridge or chia pudding. You are only limited by your imagination!