After cutting down on my sugar intake, I just stopped eating jam. I didn’t want to buy jam with nasty artificial sugar and I didn’t want the sugar-loaded jam I have always eaten. But then I started missing it…No jam with peanut butter? No jam on toast? No jam on scones? 🙁
Then I tried this and it worked beautifully! So quick and easy and I have a pot of jam to last the week:)
- frozen/fresh berries of any kind (I used blackberries)
- Sweetener of choice (dates, agave, stevia, xylitol…I used agave)
- Ground chia seeds (or whole if you don’t mind the crunch)
Place desired amount of berries into a small pot and add a tiny dash of water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries are thawed and start to cook. Keep simmering over low heat until berries are soft and breaking up. Either transfer this to a blender and blend a bit to smooth it out or use a stick/immersion blender. I used an immersion blender and only blended a bit as I like a few berry chunks in my jam. Add sweetener of choice to taste and add ground/whole chia seeds. I used about 1 cup of berries and about 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Adjust according to your preferred jam consistency – some like a runnier jam, some like a thicker jam. The jam will thicken further in the fridge as it cools down. Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Enjoy on toast, brown rice cakes, pancakes, waffles and whatever else you can think of!