BY Ceres Organics
Ready in 10 minutes | Serves 10
Chia seeds are an awesome superfood! They can be used in so many ways – even to make your very own jam! This recipe is quick to make and uses very few ingredients. It is one you can easily make weekly and keep in your fridge to use as a spread, add to your overnight oats, or top your favourite pancake with. The list is endless.
There is really nothing like homemade jam. Even better when it does not contain mountains of sugar! This ‘three ingredient’ version uses only fresh berries, chia seeds and a hint of coconut nectar, if required for taste.
Another fantastic thing about this jam is that there is no heating or cooking required. Simply place all the ingredients into your blender and “Presto!” you have your jam! This also means that you are not destroying any of the nutrients in the berries with heat.
Chia seeds are tiny black or white seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is native to South America. They were an ultra important food for the Aztecs and Mayans, who prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. The word ‘chia’ actually meant ‘strength’ in ancient Mayan.
So why are chia seeds so awesome? Well, for a start, they are so versatile. When mixed with water, chia seeds form a gel that can even be used as an egg replacement in vegan baking.
Chia seeds deliver an epic amount of nutrients too. About 2 tablespoons of chia will fuel you with:
11 grams of fibre
4 grams of protein
9 grams of fat, and 5 grams of these are omega 3 fatty acids
Five times the amount of calcium in dairy milk
Two times the amount of protein of any other bean, seed or grain
Three times the amount of iron in spinach
Eight times more omegas than salmon
Two times the amount of potassium in a banana
Three times the amount of fibre in oats
Organic chia seeds are available from most supermarkets now and of course, health food stores.
Throw berries and chia seeds into a blender or food processor, and process until well combined. Add coconut nectar syrup to taste.
Cover and pop in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes to set. It’s now ready to enjoy!
Keep chia jam in an airtight jar in the fridge. The jam will keep for a week.