This jam is an easy spread to have on hand for the holidays, or for everyday life. Easy to alter to your tastes, this recipe only calls for 3 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to create – start to finish.
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- either 1/2 banana, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp maple syrup or 1 soaked medjool date
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp of ground flax meal
- 1/2 tsp of amla powder
Step 1: Place 1 – 1 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries (or berries of choice) into a jar and leave the jar out at room temp or in the refrigerator until the berries are thawed.
Step 2: Once the berries are thawed, mash the berries in the jar with a fork or use a hand blender.
Step 3: Once the desired texture is achieved (add 1 – 2 tsp of filtered water to achieve thinner texture), add sweetener of choice (mash in banana or soaked medjool date, or maple syrup). Then add 2 tbsp of chia seeds and any optional ingredients. Stir mixture.
Step 4: Wait about 5 minutes for chia seeds to expand and absorb fluid. Stir again and then spread.
Alternative option: If pressed for time, add 1 – 1 1/2 cup frozen berries to a small pot over medium heat. Once berries begin to thaw, mash berries with a fork in the pot while over heat. Bring to a boil and stir. Reduce heat to simmer approx 1 – 2 minute then remove from heat and stir. Transfer to jar and follow steps 3 & 4.
Notes: One cup of mixed berries yields about 40 mg of vitamin C. 2 TBSP of chia seeds yields approx 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, magnesium, manganese, calcium and phosphorus. Add the nutritional benefits of flaxseed and cinnamon and something as easy as jam is now a nutrient rich, naturally health promoting food.Leave a reply