A delicious and easy to make jam, ready in 10 minutes! Sweetened with honey and made with frozen berries this jam is a healthy morning delight.
The first time I heard of chia jam I was intrigued. Jam that contains little to no added sugar and is done in no time? That’s too good to be true, I was thinking! As a passionate jam maker I have made my fair share of fruit jams and when I heard of this new method I knew I needed to try it. My biggest question was: is it going to taste as good as regular homemade jam? After making a few batches and testing chia jam I can safely say: YES!!! Not only is it incredibly tasty, it also comes really close to regular jam, in consistency as well as taste!
So let’s take a closer look at this new healthy way to make jam. Jam that is made the traditional way always contains pectin which is a gelling agent that is mostly found in citrus peels and apples. The powdered pectin, along with granulated sugar, is added to the fruit and is heated until it boils. The jam needs to continuously boil for about 5 minutes for it to thicken. It’s not a complicated process and once you made your first jam, you know how to do it. Chia jam, however, does not contain any pectin but uses chia seeds as the gelling agent. Chia seeds are a superfood which can take on up to 27 times their weight in water. But that isn’t the only impressive thing about them. They are also a great source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, iron and calcium. All the more reason to make chia jam! And since we are making our own jam I found the perfect adorable glasses to store it in: Weck jars!
If you think chia jam is a cool idea but you aren’t such a fan of the taste of chia seeds, don’t worry! You can’t taste the chia seeds in your jam. It sort of tastes like jam that hasn’t been pushed through a sieve and thus you can taste the kernels. I like to leave my chia jam rather chunky so I mash it with a potato masher as opposed to using my blender. This way you cannot see the chia seeds so clearly and it almost looks like regular jam. Since strawberries aren’t quite in season yet I opted for mixed frozen berries. (You can use fresh fruit instead if you’d like.) To sweeten things up I used cream honey. It was sooo delicious! Needless to say, one glass lasts us about 2 days. 😉
- 240g mixed berries (2 heaping cups), fresh or frozen
- 1 and ½ tablespoons chia seeds
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- In a small sauce pan on high heat, cook the fruit until they have visibly broken down.
- Using a potato masher, mash the fruit until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds.
- Sweeten with honey and let it cool completely.
- Yields a little under 1 cup.
- Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 1/2 weeks.