Blackberry Chia Jam
A beautifully simple jam recipe that takes away the efforts, leaving you with a simply delicious treat from your foraged fruits. The jam will last approximately 1 week in the fridge.
Jam was one of the things that I missed during cancer treatment and one that my mama eats daily, every morning as the simple start to the day. Standardly the jam is made by having half of it as refined white sugar, which is added to the cooked intensified fruit sugar. It’s amazing to have an option which doesn’t spike your blood sugar so quickly and heavily.
How are blackberries good for you?
Blackberries, are amongst the king of fruits in regard to antioxidant levels. They are packed with vitamin C which is vitally important for so many aspects of health including bone formation.
Being rich in vitamin K and manganese too they are a great food to eat if you are concerned about osteoporosis, a health condition that weakens bones.
The addition of chia seeds will provide some protein and healthy fats to this easy to make jam so everyday can be a jam day!
Why is agave healthier than sugar?
By choosing agave as a natural sweetener, you are NOT gaining many nutritional benefits but you are reducing the glycemic index in comparison to sugar. Foods with a higher GI can trigger a spike in blood sugar and insulin release after eating. High-GI foods are also digested quickly, which can mean feeling hungry again much sooner. You can read more about sweetener choices over at the Healthline. For me, working with nature is always a better step for health benefits.
Alternative fruits you can use?
My favourite flavour is blackberry, which I pick from the coastal cliffs, and freeze the fresh fruit for later use, but just switch for YOUR favourite fruit flavour (blueberry is my second favourite). Frozen berries work perfectly for the jam making, they are also delightfully healthy.
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Blackberry Chia Jam
Time to create: 75mins
Notes: GF, DF, V, Ve, NF, SS, RSF
300g Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
60ml (¼ cup) Pure Apple Juice (fresh is best) OR 2-3 PLUMS!
1.5 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Agave Syrup
- Add the blackberries, lime and apple juice all together in a saucepan.
- Turn on the heat, keep fairly low, and simmer for about 2 mins.
- Add your chia seeds and agave syrup, and STIR so everything is even throughout.
- Sit and rest for 5 mins, then pop in the fridge in a bowl for about an hour to cool to set its texture. It will get thicker as it cools.
- Grab your clean jar – glass is best – and simply put the cool jam in the jar.
- Simple but so worth it.
You can also use apple or pear puree to help thicken your jam if you don’t want to use chia. Make sure to taste it and adjust any flavour components to suit.
Latest samples made were blackberry, strawberry/nectarine.
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|Dietary Fiber||1g (4%)|
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