When you consider making jam, the first thought might be how laborious it is. Not if you make this simple berry, lemon and chia seed homemade jam, it isn’t.
I make my own jam pretty often – it’s always an excellent way to use up any fresh fruit, but works just as well with frozen fruit. But unlike other jams, this one doesn’t need straining, sterilising, pectin or anything else regular jam making involves. The only downside is that you have to consume it within a couple of days but with something as delicious as this, I can live with that.
I actually rarely by store bought jam now (and if I do, I don’t personally eat it), as I find it too sweet and artificial tasting, not to mention packed full of things that really don’t need to be there.
I’ve used chia seeds in this jam, mainly to thicken it, but also because they are little nutritious powerhouses, which can be slipped into so many different recipes, without you (or should I say, your kids) even realising they are there.
Although quite a buzzword in health circles for a while, the benefits of chia are becoming more universally recognised. If chia is not something you are familiar with, take a look at why you should be adding them to your diet right now.
There is no refined sugar in this recipe, instead maple syrup has been used to sweeten it. Why not slather it on a little bread, such as my crusty wholemeal and rye bread?
Step by step instructions for how to make my jam (including photos) can be found on Instructables.
- 400g (4 cups) berries (fresh or frozen)
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Place the berries and lemon juice in a fairly large pan, then heat for around 10 minutes, just until the berries are nice and soft. If you have any large lumps, just squidge them with a fork.
Add the chia seeds and continue to cook for a further 15 minutes or so until a thick jam consistency forms. Taste and adjust the sweetness if necessary. Remove from the heat, and allow the jam cool completely.
Pour into a jar(s) with a lid. It won't last as long as shop-bought jam, but if you store it in the fridge, it should last for a week.