3 Ingredient Raspberry Chia Jam
Jam is yummy. But the storebought one is nearly always filled with up to 50% refined sugar! Now, that’s definitely not what I want to have in my breakfast bowl. A healthier option? Homemade raspberry chia jam that only requires 3 ingredients (plus a few drops of water). You can decide how sweet you want it to be and take charge of what you allow into your system. Byebye store-bought, too-sweet refined sugar jams and hello delicious and nutritious raspberry chia jam!
praise those chia seeds
Even though these seeds are tiny, they have what it takes. Chia seeds are the eatable seed of a plant from the mint family. They are traditionally cultivated in central Mexico and Guatemala and are commercially grown in Central and South America. Chia seeds are hydrophilic, which means that they love water, absorbing up to 12 times their weight when being soaked. These little seeds consist of about 6% water, 16% protein, 42% carbs and 31% fat (omega 3,6 and 9). We also find B vitamins such as thiamin/B1 (which makes your body use carbohydrates as energy) and niacin/B3 (involved in cellular metabolism throughout your body). In addition, chia seeds are rich in dietary minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. They are great to just sprinkle on your breakfast yoghurt or porridge but when soaking them, we make their nutritional goodies easier to digest for our bodies. Now get stirring, people, cause we’re about to make some jam!
Prep Time: 2 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Servings: 1 jar
For this recipe you will need:
2 cups raspberries (or a berry mix, you can use fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp chia seeds
2-3 tbsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
- In a pot, heat the raspberries, chia seeds and maple syrup. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash of water. Let the jam simmer for about 10 minutes with occasional stirring. The chia seeds will thicken up the jam during the cooking process but even more when storing it.
- Let the jam cool and then transfer into a jar. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Congratulations, you made your very own delicious & nutritious jam, ladies and gentlemen! Add this to your morning porridge, granola bowl or enjoy on baked goodies and toasted slices of bread along with – you guessed it – peanut butter! You won’t regret (this is a promise). ♥