Simple Chia Jam
by COLETTE PIENAAR
This is a fantastic way to use up ripe, seasonal soft fruits and boost your omega-3’s in one tasty go! The recipe was originally posted over at pureandsimplebakes.com so head on over to see the full post.
This stuff is lovely, it’s easy to make and totally raw so doesn’t require any cooking or setting or anything difficult. It will last for about a week in the fridge but could also be frozen too. The beauty of this is not only is it delicious but it is a great way to boost your omega-3 and fibre intake 🙂
You will need:
1 1/2 cups Blackberries (or any soft fruit)
3 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 – 1/2 cup Water
1 – 2 Tbsp Maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener) – if required (personally I like my blackberries tart so didn’t add any!)
Place the blackberries or other fruit in a bowl and mash with a fork until smooshed up but not completely liquid. If you need a sweetener then add it to taste and then add the chia seeds and mix well. Depending on how juicy your fruit is you may need to add more or less water but start with half a cup and add more if required. The chia seeds take time to soak up the water so once you have added it allow it to stand for 30 mins – an hour before seeing if you need to add more. If the chia seeds are still crunchy add more (unless you like them crunchy, in which case don’t!). The longer you can leave the jam the better – ideally overnight, but at least for an hour or so. Enjoy it spread on toast, dolloped on top of yoghurt or just eaten straight off the spoon!