Chia Seed Jam

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DSC_0476_2I think this recipe is in my life to stay. It is THREE ingredients, yes, three. It’s a nutrient-dense alternative to conventional jams which are often loaded with refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, even dyes. And, did I mention that it’s simple? 🙂 (Side note: In fact, I think this would be a great activity/recipe to make with kids).

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(recipe originally from Holistic Habits blog)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Frozen Raspberries (or use blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. The possibilities are endless!)
  • 1 TBS Chia Seeds
  • 1 TBS Honey (preferably raw)

Instructions:

  • Thaw the berries (heat them slightly on the stove if you’re in a hurry/don’t  mind the recipe not being raw)
  • Once thawed, mash the berries with a fork
  • Stir in chia seeds and honey
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken (makes approx 9 oz)

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The star of this recipe is really the chia seed, since it’s the gel (that forms around the seeds when they become wet) which acts as a thickening agent and makes everything “jammy.”

And of course, chia seeds are touted for numerous health benefits including being an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, protein, and omega-3. So go on! Put this jam on muffins, toast, waffles, plain yogurt, icecream or anything your heart pleases!

Upon slapping a knifeful of fresh jam upon a piece of toast I offered a taste to my husband, who took a bite, said, “mine” and left the room with it (always a good sign lol.) Good thing I had already taken a picture of it for this post 😉

xxx

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