Raw strawberry and raspberry jam with Chia seed
One of the ingredients I got from The Eco Green Store was chia seeds. Chia seeds are hailed as a superfood, it is easy to sprinkle on your food to add that extra crunch and health boost. The Eco Green store strives to make fairtrade and organic food cost efficient and available to everyone. I love the selection and they of course carry Chia seeds.
When Chia seeds are mixed with water they change and develop in to a gelatinous mixture. I can imagine it being great in smoothies but I wouldn’t try and drink it any other way.
I have no problems sprinkling Chia, or any other seeds on top of my food so I did a little research and came across the suggestion of making jam, using the gelatinous Chia seeds mixed with water as a thickening agent.
Raw strawberry and raspberry jam
preparation time 10 minutes
cooking time 0 minutes
makes 1 large jar
- 1 punnet of strawberries
- 1 punnet of raspberries
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp agave nectar, or runny honey
Place the Chia seeds in a small bowl with water, mix and set aside for 10 minutes. Rinse the berries.
Place the berries, the Chia seeds and the honey in a blender and blend until it is all mixed and the jam is done! It couldn’t get any easier.
I tried it straight away and it has a fresh flavor and it is not too sweet. I tried it on a piece of cheese and that was very nice.
Whilst unpacking my kitchen I came across some meringues and wanted to use the jam for pavlovas. I didn’t have any cream but I did have some coconut yogurt and I decided to use this instead. It was the quickest dessert ever. I served more jam on the side and whilst thinking about what else to do with the jam I heard the distinct sound of a spoon against porcelain and someone said “it would be a shame if it goes off” whilst finishing the last of the jam! I guess that sorted that problem.
This was the most amazing and quick way to make jam and I will make sure to stock up on Chia seeds!