- 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (see suggestions below)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1–2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (only if needed)
- Heat fruit in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is heated through and begins to break down and bubble. Use a spoon or potato masher to mash the fruit to your desired consistency.
- Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice until combined. Then taste, and stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons sweetener if needed.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. (The jam will thicken considerably as it cools.)
- Give the jam one final good stir. Then serve immediately, or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Fruits that work well in chia jam:
- Berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries), cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, pineapple, kiwi…basically any “juicy” fruits.
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- lemon zest (to make your jam a little more tangy)
- a pinch of spices (such as cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg, etc.)
Reminder: Different kinds of fruit will yield different textures & flavors so taste & adjust your jam as needed.
- Some fruits may need more sweetener than others. (i.e. Raspberries are much more tart than blueberries.)
- Some fruits are juicier than others. (i.e. Pineapple will make a much juicier/thinner jam than strawberries.)
- Feel free to nix the lemon juice if your fruit is already tart.
- You get the idea. Taste…adjust as needed…enjoy.
This recipe from Gimme Some Oven can be found here!