Chia seed jam is a staple at our homestead! Not only does it taste good but it’s good for you too! Today we will talk about the benefits of chia seeds and our recipe for making our mixed berry chia seed jam.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
The benefits of chia seeds are many! I could write a whole blog post on that topic alone.
The plant grows natively in South America and was used by the Mayans and Aztecs for centuries. They are a whole grain, gluten free, and a high source of antioxidants.
They have 12 grams of carbs per ounce but 11 of those grams are fiber. They also absorb 10-12 times their weight in water which causes them to expand. This helps keep you full and also helps to keep your pipes clean and regular!
They are also high in protein, omega-3, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Combine all of these properties and you have a food that is great for combating type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and bone issues.
How to Make Chia Seed Jam
- 3 cups of mixed berries (or other fruit)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup honey to taste
Heat your mixed berries and water until soft and mushy. Then smash or blend the berries/fruit to the consistency you like. We just put an immersion blender into the pot to blend with. Careful! It may splash!
Add in chia seeds and mix well. The seeds tend to stick together so be careful of that.
At this point you can now add your honey and stir. We try to stay away from processed and refined white sugar. If you have really sweet fruit then you may not even need to add honey. It’s totally optional.
Put your mixture into a jar and let it cool. Once it is cool you can refrigerate. Viola! If you would rather can it then just follow your directions on canning fruit jams. Our Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving says 10 minutes in the canner for both raspberry and strawberry jams.
Let us know in the comments below how yours turns out or any changes to the recipe you come up with.