Berry Chia Jam

I have to admit, in our house, berries very rarely go spare. We can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and every snack in between. But, a few weeks back there was a rare occasion where I had about 3 punnets of blueberries and no one in the house to help me eat them. While I’m definitely up for a challenge, this seemed like too much of a task for me. However, I can’t stand to waste food. So, I used all of these punnets and made a massive batch of chia seed jam.

Jam is such a versatile food. I like to eat it on scones, in porridge, on pancakes and, well, with just about anything. None of this jam went to waste! The best part? This recipe is super easy, requiring only two or three ingredients and taking only 20 minutes in total. So, lets get straight to it!

Chia-Jam

Ingredients

Yields 1 cup

  • 3 cups berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey (Optional, if you like slightly bitter jam or if your berries are super sweet, feel free to omit. I often do).  

Method

  1. In a saucepan, bring the berries and syrup or honey to a low boil (use just enough water to  submerge the berries). Stir frequently and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Mash the berries with a fork.
  3. Add the chia seeds and stir thoroughly until they are well dispersed.
  4. Allow the mixture to boil down and thicken until it reaches your desired consistency- roughly 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to an air-tight jar.

This jam will keep for about a week in the fridge. I hope you enjoy it and never have to throw out old berries again!

Maxine Ali

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