Do you need healthy holiday gifts for your friends, family and coworkers? Over the next two weeks, I will be showcasing easy healthy holiday gifts with 5 ingredients or less! Last time, I shared my recipe for Spicy Chocolate Popcorn. This week… Berry Rosemary Chia Jam!
I love jam but when I started becoming more conscious of how much sugar I was eating, I cut it out of my diet. My pb + j sandwiches became, well, just pb on bread. That is until I made chia jam! No more lonely sandwich!
Have you tried chia jam before? Basically, you replace the added sugar and pectin, which combined acts as a thickener, with chia seeds, which has this magical ability to gel in liquids. It tastes like the real thing, even without all the added sugar.
Healthy Holiday Gift Idea #2
I discovered chia jam years ago and have wanted to share it forever. Since it’s nearly Christmas and many people share their berry harvest in the form of jam for the holidays, I figured there’s no better time than now!
What you’ll need…
- Mason Jars
- Christmas Gift Tags
- Frozen or Fresh Berries
- Organic Chia Seeds
- Organic Agave
- Juice from a Lemon or Orange
- Fresh Rosemary
What I love about giving this berry rosemary chia jam for Christmas is that it’s brightly colored and looks festive with a sprig of rosemary attached to the gift tag. Plus, by using chia seeds in place of the sugar and pectin, you cut WAY down on the sugar content of jam. That makes this a tasty treat that’s also nutritious!
- 2 cups frozen or fresh berries
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice + 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons agave
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- Bring berries, lemon juice and agave to a boil in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low-medium.
- Mash berries using potato masher or fork.
- Add chia seeds and rosemary and allow to cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Allow to cool before placing in the refrigerator.
- For this recipe, I used a frozen berry medley with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. However, feel free to use any berry combination!
- Replace agave with maple syrup or honey as needed.
- The juice of a lemon or an orange will work fine.
Chia seeds are a nutrition powerhouse! They are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, and unlike flax seeds, they do not need to be broken down in order for their nutrients to be absorbed in the body. Plus, each tablespoon contains about 60 calories, 3g of protein and 5 grams of fiber! That makes this low calorie seed incredibly filling. I love adding chia seeds to yogurt, smoothies and in any liquid that I want to gel, as in this jam recipe or even mousse!
What do you think?
How do you use chia seeds in recipes and have you ever tried it in jam before? Share in the comments below!
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