Have you ever heard of chia jam?
As well as being gluten free, chia seeds also contain high levels of protein, calcium, vitamin c and omega 3 fatty acids. If you have ever added them to your own or your child’s breakfast cereal you may have noticed you have to keep adding milk so it doesn’t end up like cement! The reason for this is that chia seeds are incredibly absorbent which makes them the perfect ingredient in jam.
Commercial and even home-made jams are usually full of sugar and added gelling agents which turn an otherwise healthy spread into something not much better than candy. It can also be time consuming to make your own but you won’t believe how easy this recipe is.
This jam could be made without any cooking, by pureeing the raw ingredients and placing straight into the fridge. Personally though, I feel the cooking helps deepen the flavor and help preserve it for longer. Add more sweetener and/or less lemon juice depending on your own taste. Add more chia seeds if you prefer a thicker jam.
This is amazing on toast, wholemeal scones or even in a Chocolate Jam Doughnut Smoothie. The uses for this jam and the flavour combinations are endless! We also use chia seeds in some of the 28 Day Challenge recipes that you can see here too.