This easy chia seed jam is a delicious way to eat more fruit on a regular basis and especially red fruit.

Red fruits are thought to be able to reduce the risks of a numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes, cataracts, cancer, heart disease, cholesterol, strokes and hypertension. This is because they contain abundant vitamins, phenols and carotenoids – antioxidants that boost the immune system and our ability to fight inflammation.

This jam doesn’t taste like traditional, super sweet jams because it’s made with fruit that we don’t cook them for long and contains as little as you want sweetener or not at all if you want.

You can have it plain on a slice of bread or if you like add butter or even better some nut butter like almond or tahini. It is also fantastic with yogurt or add also oat or quinoa flakes.
You should also try it on crepes, pancakes, waffles and bagels.

I’m not sure this recipe will be everyone’s “jam” but I love it and I’m so excited. Hope you will be too when you try it and I’m sure it’s gone be a hit in your kitchens.

Let me know if you like this recipe in the comments, which is very important to me.


Yields1 ServingDifficultyBeginner

Cook Time15 minsTotal Time15 mins

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 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries)
 2 tbsp chia seeds
 2 tbsp water for the chia seeds
 2 tbsp sweetener such as agave or maple syrup, honey or stevia* (for stevia see replacements for quantity) (optional)

Abbreviations: g=grams kg= kilograms cup=250 ml tsp= teaspoon=5 ml  tbsp= tablespoon=3 tsp=15 ml ml= millilitre= (1ml=0.034 fl oz / 1fl oz=29.6 ml) l=litre/liter=1000ml

1

Soak chia seeds in water and set aside to make a jelly-like texture while you prepare the fruits.

2

Place the fruits and sweetener in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes.

3

They will begin to soften and release their liquid and boil slightly.

4

Using a fork or potato masher, mash the fruit to desired consistency.

5

Remove the pan from the heat and add the mixture of chia seeds that already must have jelly-like texture.

6

Mix well and leave for at least 10 minutes to cool. The longer it sits the more jammy it gets.

7

When it cools down, put it in an airtight glass container.

8

Enjoy it immediately or store it in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

Ingredients

 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries)
 2 tbsp chia seeds
 2 tbsp water for the chia seeds
 2 tbsp sweetener such as agave or maple syrup, honey or stevia* (for stevia see replacements for quantity) (optional)

Directions

1

Soak chia seeds in water and set aside to make a jelly-like texture while you prepare the fruits.

2

Place the fruits and sweetener in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes.

3

They will begin to soften and release their liquid and boil slightly.

4

Using a fork or potato masher, mash the fruit to desired consistency.

5

Remove the pan from the heat and add the mixture of chia seeds that already must have jelly-like texture.

6

Mix well and leave for at least 10 minutes to cool. The longer it sits the more jammy it gets.

7

When it cools down, put it in an airtight glass container.

8

Enjoy it immediately or store it in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

Gluten and Sugar Free chia seed Jam
  • I used frozen fruit because its winter here now, but when the strawberries come out I will use fresh and no sugar as they will be definitely sweet.
  • Last September I made it with peaches and honey and it was really amazing. But seeing those little black seeds inside wasn’t the best. That’s why I recommend red fruits and generally berries or kiwis if you like them, which have seeds so that the chia seeds in the jam don’t seem strange to you.
  • For sweetener I added agave syrup because it has a low glycemic index. Next times I‘ll try it with maple syrup and honey.
  • As for stevia, it depends on the type (tabletop packets, liquid drops, dissolvable tablets, and spoonable products, as well as baking blends etc), you will use for the right amount you ‘ll need. On each package it usually says the replacements for a teaspoon. One tablespoon is 3 teaspoons. As I have read, it is not good to boil or bake, the stevia, so add it at the end.
  • You can store this jam up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Of course, I went crazy and ate it in less than a week all the 4 times I made it.
  •  As for the bread, it’s none other than my favorite gluten-free & sugar-free large-slice toast bread from Gea Bakery andunfortunately you can found it only in Greece at that time I’m writing this post. I consider is the best gluten free bread ever!

Good Luck and Bon Appétit!!!

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