Quick and simple recipe for Berry Chia Seed Jam – free of refined sugar
2 cups frozen mixed berries (or use fresh berries, or even fresh stone fruit, roughly chopped – this is a great way to use up fruit that is really ripe)
2-3 Tbsp honey or alternative healthy sweetener (try rice malt syrup, to taste)
Juize and zest of 1 orange or clementine (optional)
3-4 Tbsp Chia seeds
Simmer the berries and all other ingredients except the chia seeds over low heat in a good quality heavy-based pot over low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until reduced by half and starting to thicken. Remove and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, soak the chia seeds in 1/4 cup water for 5-10 minutes.
Once the berry mixture has cooled slightly, stir through the now plump chia seeds and then transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge. Lasts up to two weeks.
How to use your Chia Jam:
Chia Seeds are not inexpensive, but a little goes a long way, and besides this recipe, you can also throw them into smoothies. It’s amazing with cold butter and a slice of my favourite gluten-free Seed Toast, or gluten and sugar free Banana Bread.
You can also, like I said, swirl it through yoghurt and muesli.
Recipe provided by Sarah Graham, author of three cookbooks and A Foodie Lives Here food blog. Catch Sarah Graham’s Food Safari on Mnet every Sunday night at 6pm.