This might be one of the simplest recipes ever, but despite the short ingredient list, it packs tons of nutrients! It’s easy to grab a jar of store-bought jam, and I know there are so awesome brands out there, but there’s something really satisfying and kinda cool about making your own. Especially when it’s this easy!
Chia seeds make an appearance in this recipe because they blend into the jam easily, are mostly unnoticeable, and add a boatload of nutrients that guarantee this jam to be unique from any store-bought variety!
Loaded with fiber, antioxidants, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, and protein – chia seeds have an impressive nutrient profile. Their benefits don’t stop there though; they also help with muscle regeneration, weight loss, provide an ample energy source, and are easily digested by the body! They truly are a superfood that everyone can benefit from eating a little more of. Sneaking them into this jam was the perfect way to add an extra kick while still maintaing the consistency and flavor of the sweet fruit spread!
– Ingredients –
1/2 bag Trader Joe’s frozen strawberries
1/2 bag Trader Joe’s frozen raspberries
1/2-1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chia seeds
Optional – sweetener (raw sugar, honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc.)
– Recipe –
1. Pour strawberries and raspberries into a pot over a medium flame and cover. Allow them to sit for a few minutes, checking and string occasionally.
2. Once the fruit has begun to melt and breakdown, add in the lemon juice. Start stirring thoroughly and often. Help the fruit breakdown by squishing any solid berries.
3. Eventually, the fruit will completely break down into a watery mixture. Stir in sweetener if desired. I recommend tasting the jam first, I didn’t use any sweetener because it tasted fine to me! If you prefer a sweeter taste, go for one of the natural sweeteners I listed above!
4. Turn off the flame and let the jam sit for a few minutes. Pour in the chia seeds and mix to combine. Store the jam in an airtight container and enjoy on toast, crackers, muffins, scones, sandwiches, and even oatmeal!
** The jam will seem a little watery initially, but after cooling and being in the refrigerator it will firm up **