Triple Berry Chia Jam (Paleo)

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A quickie recipe for today! ❤

Super simple and perfect for those frozen berries you have hidden in your freezer from the last few days of summer!

I created this dreaming of warmer times (though the weather here in the PNW is pretty dreamy right now, 50 degrees and no snow!) and wanted to see if I could create an easy fruit based jam recipe without using pectin (the usual suspect) as a thickener.

Luckily, chia seeds are PERFECT for thickening all sorts of things including smoothies,  oatmeal, water and can even be used as an egg replacement!

I’ve always loved jam full of seeds and with a thicker texture so I knew I had to try my hand at making it from scratch. Any time I eat homemade jam or jelly I am reminded of my sweet grandma. She is the first person to show me that having a garden, canning and pickling things was, in fact, the coolest thing ever.

The idea of being sustainable and being able to produce fruits and vegetables from your own garden is so appealing to me and one day I hope to be able to have a large garden and pursue this dream! But until then, store bought fruit it is!

Let’s chat chia seeds for a hot sec. Besides their amazing thickening and water absorbing properties this little seed is also a nutritional powerhouse!

Chia seeds are rich in fiber (something most of us need more of!) and are also an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids (another thing most of us lack). These little seeds also contain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium (think cramp prevention) – no wonder they are used to enhance exercise performance! They are an incredible source of plant-based protein and can help to boost metabolism.

Convinced? I certainly am. You can find them here or in most bulk sections in the grocery store. Just be sure to store them in the freezer for maximum shelf life and freshness!

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Triple Berry Chia Seed Jam

(PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, WHOLE30 option, GRAIN FREE, VEGAN)
SERVES 8
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES            COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES

Ingredients:

2½ cups mixed berries fresh or frozen (defrost first) – I used blackberries, raspberries and strawberries

2 tbs. coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup or agave (optional)

1 tbs. lemon juice

3 tbs. chia seeds

Method:

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. If using frozen berries, defrost first!
  3. Add berries, sweetener, if using and lemon juice to sauce pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring often.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool and thicken for about 30 minutes.
  6. Return to medium-high heat and bring to simmer, add chia seeds and continue to simmer for 5 minutes or until desired thickness is reached.
  7. Cool mixture, store in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to 1 month!

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