We love jam but when trying to reduce your sugar intake it is generally one of the first and most obvious sugar packed products out there and has to go. So how do you get that sticky fruity jam fix?
We’d like to introduce you to a super simple and quick way of making a jam alternative – chia berry jam. Our chia berry jam is made using fruit and chia seeds and takes about 10 minutes – yes we know that’s it!
In this chia berry jam recipe, we’ll be using frozen berries, but you can also make it with fresh fruit and if the fruit is ripe enough you won’t even need to heat the berries, but we’ll post a fresh fruit chia berry jam recipe up to show you how later. Using frozen berries is cost-effective and means you can have fruity jam whatever the season.
For this chia berry jam recipe there’s no need for thermometers – just a pan and for larger fruit, you may want to have a potato masher or a fork handy.
Makes 1 medium jar
Takes 10 to 15 minutes to make
400g of frozen berries
2 tbsp. of chia seeds
1 tbsp. of maple syrup – this is optional, we don’t use it but if you are trying to adjust your sugar-loving taste buds you might appreciate it whilst you are weaning yourself away from the sweet white stuff
The basic ratio is 200g of frozen berries: 1 tbsp. of chia seeds
Tip the berries into a medium sized pan, add the chia seeds and gently heat, stirring regularly so that as the frozen fruit softens it doesn’t catch and stick to the base of the pan.
After about 10 minutes you will see how the fruit and chia seeds start to stick together in a jam like way. Stir well, squash any larger fruits with a potato masher and then remove from the heat. Either serve straight away, spooned over toast or porridge or leave to cool completely before transferring into a jar with a sealed lid.
Store in the fridge and use within 7 days.