Fantastic on porridge, pancakes and more!
I L O V E chia jam.
It is so versatile and makes a great topping for almost anything (although I haven't tried it on salad… yet!) It can brighten up a boring bowl of porridge or transform a simple apple into an exciting afternoon snack.
This has got to be one of the fastest ways to transform chia seeds into something delicious and takes less than 5 minutes to make. As this recipe involves no heat (unlike regular jam that is boiled) maximum nutrients from the berries are retained. Also, soaking the seeds means that they are more easily digested by your body and absorb the nutrients better.
As well as being high in antioxidants and fiber, chia is a good source of protein and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. The berries in this also pack some antioxidant punch… Read more in my berry smoothie bowl recipe here.
Chia seeds are a fantastic source of healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are anti-inflammatory, promote heart and brain health and may be protective of certain types of cancers.
Who thought jam could be so nutritious?!
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen berries
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 tbsp water
(optional 1 tsp maple syrup to taste if you find you need more sweetness)
[makes 2-3 servings]
In a small bowl mash berries with a fork.
Add chia seeds and mix in well.
Add water 1 tbsp at a time. The chia seeds will absorb a lot of liquid, so don't worry if you think it looks a bit runny, it usually thickens up. If in doubt leave to absorb for a few minutes and then add a little more water later if needed, or more chia if you want it to be thicker - just add small amounts at a time.
Optionally add in a little maple syrup if you find you need more sweetness. This may depend on the sweetness of your berries... so adjust to taste.
Transfer into a jar or container. This can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Fantastic on porridge, pancakes, toast, smoothie bowls, fruit bowls, ice (or nice) cream, with yogurt or even as a snack with sliced apple.
What are your favourite things to add this to?
p.s for a twist try adding a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon.... I have found both go really well with berries!