Delicious Guilt-Free Raw Chia Seed Jam (Sugar-Free)

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Chia seeds are all the hype these days and we are hooked! They are packed with fibers, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and proteins. We add those tiny powerhouses to our yogurt, smoothies, salads, and oats on a daily basis. Click here to learn more about the amazing healthy benefits of adding chia seeds to your daily diet.

In addition to being an amazing source of low-calorie nutrients, chia seeds have another magical power. They can absorb a crazy amount of liquid, up to ten times their own weight, and form a jelly-like consistency without the need of adding refined sugar, gelatin or preservatives.

This magic jam only takes 5 minutes to prepare and is seriously one of the best and healthiest jams we have ever eaten!

And the best part… you can make this guilt-free jam with your favorite flavors.

Here’s one of my family’s favorites

Raw Raspberry Vanilla Jam

Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup (optional)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon water (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

If using frozen raspberries defrost first.

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. If you like it chunkier you could just mash them with a fork instead of using a blender. If your berries are already juicy enough or you used frozen berries there will be no need to add the extra tablespoon of water to create the chia seed gel.

You could add dates instead of honey, agave, or maple syrup to sweeten things up.

Pulse or mash until desired consistency.

Transfer the mixture to a jar or container with lid.

Allow to set in the fridge for about an hour.

Use as you would use any other jam – on a toast, sandwich,  pancakes, waffles, muffins, or swirl in your morning yogurt.

Jam lasts about 1 week in the fridge.

This recipe works with any type of fruit or flavoring. We also love the blueberry-lime or apple-cinnamon combo. But it is up to you which kind of fruit you use. Let the experimenting begin!

Enjoy!

 

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Amy Goodrich

Amy is a life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach. She is the founder of the healthy lifestyle website www.Body-in-Balance.org and creator of the online program, www.ThinForever.me. After successfully changing her family’s health and happiness, she’s on a mission to help other people achieve the life and body they want. You can find here on Facebook or Google+ or get her free clean, whole food recipe eBook here: http://www.body-in-balance.org/amys-home-kitchen-recipe-book/



  • rayross

    This is a great idea…using the chia seeds as the thickener.
    I have all the ingredients necessary…I'm going to make a batch now.

  • amygoodrich07

    We often use chia seeds as an egg replacement as well. Mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoon of water, let sit for about 15 minutes and your “egg” is ready for use. Or add 1 tablespoon to your morning smoothies for more energy and protein.

    Enjoy!

  • Such a great recipe! I used to just put chia seeds in my smoothies, noticed they thickened it up quite a bit which was perfect! Making jam with them is genius!