Easy Homemade Blueberry Chia Jam

Easy Homemade Blueberry Chia Jam

There’s a common misconception that when we eat healthy, it also means we no longer get to eat delicious foods or the foods that we once enjoyed. First off, healthy foods can be delicious. Secondly, it’s possible to enjoy any and all foods in moderation–total restriction is not the answer (perhaps unless you have a diagnosed medical condition that requires elimination of a particular food group).

An easy way to incorporate more of your favorite foods is to create healthier substitutions. For example, you could replace whole grains for your usual simple carbohydrates like white bread or potatoes. You could replace canola or vegetable oil with avocado or extra-virgin olive oil. Instead of refined sugar, you could sweeten your meals with maple syrup, coconut sugar or dates.

Possibly one of THE easiest substitutions you could create that is also very versatile is jam. When you buy jam in grocery stores, they are typically filled with sugar and other fillers. The typical ingredient list for a commercial brand of jam includes the following: Fruit Syrup, Strawberries, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Fruit Pectin, Red Grape Juice Concentrate added for Color, Natural Flavors. Strawberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid. So many unnecessary and artificial additives that have been linked to chronic health issues.

What if I told you that an equally delicious jam could be made with only 3 ingredients: fruit, chia seeds and maple syrup? You can choose any berries, fresh or frozen, for this recipe. Paired with chia seeds which provide fiber and heart healthy Omega-3’s and maple syrup for natural sweetness at a lower glycemic index level, this jam is a great alternative to add as a topping to most everything.

Easy Homemade Blueberry Chia Jam

A naturally delicious alternative to store-bought jams with chia seeds for added fiber and heart healthy Omega-3s.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: jam
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries (sub other berries if desired) fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp organic maple syrup or to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and add blueberries to stove pot on low to medium heat. Using a wooden spatula, crush blueberries together until fully macerated. Add in maple syrup. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove. Add in chia seeds and stir to combine.
  • Let mixture cool so that the jam will thicken. Store in container for up to 1 week.

Since I had some leftover brie cheese on hand, I decided to make a brie and jam sandwich and let me tell you, brie and blueberry jam is a wonderful combination. Simply toast the bread with some light butter (the cultured vegan butter from Miyoko’s is my favorite), top it with sliced brie and jam and let it get gooey in the pan until done.

What is your favorite way to make something healthier? Comment below!

In community,

Grace



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