I just love when berry season comes around, especially this year because I have my very own kid to marvel at as he consumes his bodyweight in blueberries. How is that even possible?
I can’t walk past a ‘3 for $5’ deal. I mean, seriously? Anything for $5 in Sydney is pretty mind-blowing, but sometimes we just can’t eat that many berries before they start to get a little soft around the edges. But there’s no way this woman is going to throw them out so what is one to do when there are no extra hours in the day for long recipes?
‘Chia Berry Jam’ is here!
If you don't have chia seeds in your pantry, you need them pronto! They are cheap, nutritious and super versatile.
Chia is actually a Mayan word meaning strength, which is pretty cool because these little guys contain 14% protein. That’s high for a plant-based source. They’re mostly fibre meaning the carbohydrate count is super low, and we love fibre because it keeps us regular. Plus they have a beautiful mix of magnesium, calcium and phosphorous which is great for maintaining bone health.
Sprinkled on salads, made into a pudding or even used to replace eggs in baking, these little seeds pack a punch and will definitely be featured in many more recipes to come.
Strawberry Chia Jam
Makes 1 cup Jam
GF, DF, vegan
Prep time + tidy up = 10mins
Cook time = 15mins
1 punnet of strawberries (200-250g) – You can use frozen also. Just heat for a little longer to remove more moisture
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp white or black chia seeds - I used a mixture
Put everything except the chia seeds in a blender. Blitz until you are happy with the texture. I used a Nutribullet and literally blitzed for 0.5secs. You could also use a stick blender or a potato masher if you missed your workout today.
Pop the mixture in a saucepan and heat until simmering. Simmer for 3-5mins stirring slowly.
Test sweetness and add more maple if you prefer. I feel the need to remind you the mixture will be hot, please don’t burn your tongue like I did. You’re probably smarter than me.
Remove from heat. Add chia seeds and mix evenly through.
Let cool and then pour into a glass jar.
Gather all your friends around to check out how ‘homemaker’ you are. Maybe wear some rollers in your hair for dramatic effect.
Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Note: Can be done with other fruits but sweetener may need to be increased or decreased accordingly.
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