If you’re fed up with jams packed with sugar then you’ve got to try my recipe for chia seed and blueberry jam. It’s so tasty and so simple to make… you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before. It’s jam packed (pardon the pun!) with healthy ingredients, so healthy in fact you will never want to buy a jar of jam again!
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The best thing about this chia seed and blueberry jam is there are just 3 ingredients ….or 4 if you decide to add honey to sweeten it even further depending on how sweet your blueberries and tastebuds are! I try and find blueberries in season and at their plumpest as they taste sweeter and then I buy extra for freezing as this jam can be made anytime of the year and from frozen blueberries too. Before freezing make sure they are washed thoroughly so they can be used straight from the freezer. If buying frozen berries shake the box to make sure they are separated and not thawed and refrozen. Blueberry season in Europe runs from May to October so make sure you freeze some for the rest of the year! Spread the berries out on a tray and freeze before putting into a container together.
When looking for blueberries they should be deep in colour ranging from blue to a dark purple with a greyish tinge. This tinge is actually a protective coating which keeps them fresher for longer so wash only just before eating. Blueberries are extremely healthy and their deep colour is a result of the antioxidant flavonoids present. They are also high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese and riboflavin. So you know you’re getting a lot of goodness in this jam! Add this to the health benefits of chia seeds and wham! You have an antioxidant blast before you’ve even sipped on that antioxidant juice you may have saved for later.
Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. They are high in fibre, calcium, zinc and iron and only recently became known as a superfood due to its antioxidant properties. They also require no or very little cooking time so ideal to use when in a rush.
To make the blueberry and chia seed jam, soak the chia seeds for 20 minutes in 100ml of the coconut water to soften.
If you prefer a “nutty” texture to the jam then you can add these with the rest of the ingredients to your pan.
Once the chia seeds have been soaked then add these to the pan along with the rest of the ingredients. Bring these to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes stirring continuously to avoid sticking to the pan. If you like a sweeter jam then add 2 tablespoons of honey and stir for 1 minute. Leave to cool slightly before placing in sterilised jars. Once cool the jam naturally sets. It turns out a deep purple burgundy colour. You can leave it with whole blueberries in it or mash to have a smoother jam. We like a bit of both!
Delicious served with my Guinness Bread Scones or your favourite bread.
Sweet yet tangy and incredibly tasty!
These make perfect presents for your friends in decorative jars or just kept in your fridge to feed the family!
- 250g fresh or frozen blueberries
- 40g chia seeds
- 150ml coconut water
- 2 tablespoons honey, optional
- Soak the chia seeds in 50ml coconut water for 20 minutes.
- Place the blueberries, the remaining coconut water and chia seed mixture into a saucepan.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes stirring continuously.
- Taste the jam and if using honey sweeten to taste and cook for 1 minute extra.
- Leave to cool slightly and place in sterilised jars or a serving bowl. Allow to set for 1 hour in the fridge before use.
- For a nuttier jam you can add the chia seeds straight to the pan with the blueberries.
- The amount of honey you use depends on the ripeness of the blueberries.
- We prefer this jam with whole blueberries, however, for a smoother jam use a potato masher once cooked.