"Ch-ch-ch-chia!" Sorry, I can't think of Chia Seeds without hearing that jingle in my head. I love how Chia Seeds have been getting more and more popular lately (and not just for growing hair on terracotta figurines... ;)
Chia Seeds are even so popular now that they have started carrying them at Costco in BULK. (Of which is where I purchased mine.) And, if you're anything like me, as you walk out of the store with a 32oz bag of Chia Seed, you're probably thinking to yourself, "What in the world am I going to do with all these Seeds?!?"
So, as I was contemplating this dilemma one morning (while cooking up my favorite waffles) I had a light-bulb moment. What if- instead of leaving my blueberries whole- I smash them up and mix them with a little Chia Seed. It should make a perfect jam! I was so excited to share my recipe with you all! I was even applauding my originality when I decided to google it and saw that about a gazillion other people have ALREADY thought of the idea as well. Oh well. At least I thought I was creative for a good half an hour.
In just 1 Tbsp, Chia Seeds provide:
- 5 grams, 20% dv Fiber
- 3 grams Protein
- 8% dv Calcium (More than 1 glass of milk)
- 10% dv Magnesium
- 6% dv Iron
- 2.5 grams Omega-3
- 15% dv Manganese
- 14% dv Phosphorus
Now, without further ado:
Raw Chia Seed Jam
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Soy Free, Corn Free, Nut Free, Egg Free)
Created by jalene (but apparently I'm not the only one) ;)
Yields: about 1 cup
- Smash your fruit with a fork or pulse it through the blender or a food processor until it's smooshed.
- If you're a sweet tooth, go ahead and dr. up your fruit to your liking with some sweetener. (I left my unsweetened.)
- Add the Tbsp of Chia Seed and combine well. Let stand for about 5-10 minutes. Use as desired.
Keep unused portion tightly covered in the fridge. Best used within 3 days.
*Note: Depending on the type of fruit you use and the amount of liquid it produces, you may want to use slightly less chia seeds for fruit that does not produce a lot of juice. I usually start with 2 tsp instead but it's up to you. ;)
Just for fun:
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