Chia jam- the healthy jam alternative

Jam is nice, but usually full of sugar which isn’t especially great for anyone trying to live healthier. This easy to make alternative to jam tastes great, is healthy and can be used on bread, in porridge and in several desserts.

Because I’m using chia seeds in this recipe, I’ll share some information about them first:

Chia seeds are a good source of the vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), and several minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

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Ingredients:

2-3 cups frozen berries (I used raspberries, but any other berries or cherries will work too)

2-3 tablespoons chia seeds

1-2 teaspoons of honey to taste if needed

Instructions:

Let the berries defrost in a small pan over low heat. If you need it to avoid the berries sticking to the bottom of the pan in the beginning, you can add a tiny bit of water. As soon as the berries have defrosted, crush them as well as you can with a fork or a potato ricer until you get a mushy consistency. Then, add the chia seeds to the pan and stir them into the berries evenly, leaving the pan on low heat the entire time. Let the seeds absorb the moisture now which will take 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you would like a thicker consistency, add more chia seeds. If you would like to add a little bit of honey to taste, you can add it now. Once you have added all the ingredients, let the jam simmer for another few minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, take the pan off the heat, let the jam cool down, transfer it to a storage container of your choice and keep it in the fridge!

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