I love how so many delicious berries are in season right now. Not only are they nature’s sweet treats, but they are also packed with skin-loving anti-oxidants! Last week I bought a huge batch of strawberries and wanted to do something new and fun with them. Luckily, I stumbled upon a recipe for making your own jam with a blender and chia seeds as a thickener.
Being married to an Englishman, this of course, was a big hit – but I will warn you – this isn’t a recipe for classic preserves. It doesn’t contain gelatin or sugar and must be made fresh. But while it only keeps for a couple of days, its so quick and easy to make with a pump, pump of the pulse button and I kind of like eating only in a make-to-need basis. You can use any type of berry for this recipe, but I think ones with seeds are best. They give your jam a bit of texture and are also great for extra fiber. Or you can go wild and use a mix. Making your own jam tastes so much better and you can control how sweet (with the dates) and thick (with the chia seeds) you want to make it, you’ll need buy pre-made spreads again….enjoy!
Chia Seed Jam
1.5 Cups of Berries
2 Pitted Majool Dates (preferrably pre-soaked, but not required)
1.5 Tablespoons Whole Chia Seeds
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend.
Let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving, allowing the chia seeds to work their magic.