This week I wrote a blog post which you can find here at Kale and Co. about the smart little seed known as chia. I, along with so many others around the world, have loved the amazing healthy properties of chia seed for a while now and take every opportunity to sprinkle it; on my porridge, in homemade bread, into cakes and biscuits and basically on or in anything that stands still long enough! Until last week, I thought I was totally across chia until I made the discovery that it can be the secret ingredient in sugar free jam. Keeping in mind that regular jam contains around 65% sugar, these kind of food discoveries usually generate a bit of excitement for me, especially when it means the end result is a jam without added sugar and all those empty calories. So, after a bit of experimenting I made Blueberry Chia Jam without sugar and it tastes fantastic!
Blueberry Chia Jam
All you need is 500g frozen blueberries combined with 1/2 cup water and then simmer on the stove for around 10 minutes until syrupy. Mash a bit with a fork or potato masher to squish them up and then stir in the magic ingredient – 2 tablespoons chia seeds. Take saucepan off the heat and let it sit until the jam sets (about 5 minutes) and then spoon into a sterilized jar.
Anyone else got some other fruit that ‘gels’ well with chia seed? I am off to find out.