This is my JAM - my Raspberry + Orange Chia Jam!
If you have steered clear of jams most of your life, this is for you! If the sugar content plays on my mind, this is definitely for you - an antioxidant boost instead of a sugar hit. Perfection.
This will keep for 10 days in the fridge.
- 1kg frozen raspberries
- 1 lemon and 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup whole chia seeds
1. In a medium sized saucepan, combine berries, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla over medium heat for 20-25 minutes. Turn off and allow to cool.
2. Off the heat add 1 cup of chia seeds, combine, and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
Watch your lemon zest as if it not organic, or unwaxed, you might want to rethink zesting that directly into your food. I know organic lemons cost more but did you know you can freeze the whole lemon and then just zest the whole thing on a microplane as you need it? How is that for waste free!
Not sweet enough? Add sweetness if you desire, it is easire to add it in to your liking, then try and reduce it - it is actually like trying to take candy from a baby - maple works well. Alternatively you can reduce it over a medium heat for another 20 minutes to intensify the natural sweetness.
Which vanilla is in your pantry? Is it an extract, paste or stored in alcohol? Whilst alcohol has a role in changing the flavour of food with vanilla in it, it can also be used in to hide inferior vanilla - you get what you pay for so paying more for the Queens Organic Vanilla Paste is worth it (comment below if you want to know the other brands we covet).
If you really want to be a connoisseur then opt for Madagascan, Mexican of Tahitian varietals - and if you get your hands on the beans then keep the husks in bedroom drawers, coconut oil or your sugar jar (!). It will give an aroma for AGES!
Strapped for time? Defrosting organic frozen berries and heating them with the flavours you like to infuse the mix works as well. Just defrost, infuse for 10 mins over medium head and then add 2-3 Tablespoons of chia.
Want to know a little more about Chia? Chia is one of our faves. Chia is gluten free, high in protein and omega 3 and is a great source of dietary fibre that helps nourish sensitive digestive systems and improve healthy ones too!
It packs a nutritional punch with iron, potassium, calcium and vitamin C and goes a long way to keeping you feeling fuller for longer, and balancing your blood sugar levels. You can use it as an egg replacement, use it as jam or add it to sauces to thicken slightly - I might even share our egg free banana recipe with you just so you can get the hang of it!
Did you see the Making Breakfast A Breeze: Wholefood Granola recipe? So popular - probably cause it is as delicious as it is easy! If you don't tend to pop back to blogs you can sign up to get my newsletter each week - then you can pick and choose as you desire!