Blueberry vanilla chia jam
I have recently been turned onto chia seeds and hemp seeds, and have tried to make them part of our diet. If you haven’t heard, both seeds are known as super foods. They give you omega fatty acids that many of us are lacking in our normal diets, plus fiber, protein, calcium, and antioxidants. And that’s not all. Just google either and you’ll find that there are hosts of other benefits! They really are a super food, all packed into a tiny seed.
Chia seeds absorb whatever they’re paired with and become gel-like, which makes them perfect for this jam, but also good for adding to puddings and oatmeal. Hemp seed, on the other hand, reminds me of a softer, smaller version of a sunflower seed. They are great for tossing into smoothies or sprinkling over cereal and salad.
But back to this blueberry chia jam. I love it mixed into refrigerator oatmeal or as a topping for toast or pancakes. Even though the original recipe calls for fresh berries, I used frozen wild blueberries. I didn’t make enough this time to freeze any, but I plan to do that next time. I also want to try other fruits, like strawberries and cherries, and since frozen fruit worked so well, I can make this any time of year. Love that!
Recipe: Blueberry Vanilla Chia Jam
(from Oh She Glows)
3 c. blueberries, frozen or fresh
3-4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, to taste
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
“In a medium-sized non-stick pot, bring the blueberries and 3 tbsp of maple syrup to a low boil. Stir frequently, and reduce heat to low-medium to simmer for about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the blueberries with a potato masher or fork, leaving some for texture.
Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens to your desired consistency, or about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.
Once the jam is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add more maple syrup to taste if desired. The jam should keep for at least a week in an air-tight container in the fridge.”