The 10-Minute Revolutionary Raw Jam

raw jam

I love jam with my weekend pancakes but I have never tried making my own because I don’t have the patience for cooking and preserving the jams properly!

This jam is a much simpler and healthier alternative to traditional jams AND it only takes a few minutes to prepare, doesn’t need sugar and relies on only 2 key ingredients: Seasonal fresh fruits and chia seeds. I have written about the wonder of chia seeds here and this recipe relies on their jelly-like consistency when soaked with water to provide the same consistency you want from jam.

You can get as creative as you want by using any fruit and then adding whatever tickles your fancy: Ginger, spices, orange or lemon peel, lemon juice, lavender…And if you want a sweeter taste to the natural sweetness of the fruit, you can add a little maple syrup or honey.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cup seasonal fruit 

1 tbsp chia seeds soaked for 10 min in 2 tbsp water

 

Add to taste: Ginger, spices, orange or lemon peel, lemon juice, maple syrup or honey.

PICTURED: 

Apricot with fresh ginger root

Mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) with a pinch of lavender and a dash of maple syrup

METHOD:

Mix chia seeds in water and leave to sit for 10 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile, blend the fruit and any other ingredients. When the chia gel is formed add it to the mix and blend. Pour in jars and keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks. You could also trying freezing your raw jam, although I haven’t tried this yet.

Enjoy!

PS – You can find chia seeds in most organic stores, but I find it cheaper to order them online from www.iherb.com. Use the code WIV403 to get $5-10 off your first order.