Mixed Berry & Chia Jam

Mixed Berry & Chia Jam

I love a good jam that is free from sugar and extra junk. This recipe is super easy to make, and it is kid and adult approved! Serve this on top of toast, yogurt, or ice cream to add some berry flavor to a simple snack or dessert! This is Paleo friendly and gluten free!

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My son Samuel has a PB & J sandwich every day, and I use berries on top of my yogurt or smoothies frequently. Berries in general are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but if you look at the added sugars and ingredients on the traditional jams and jellies found at your local food store they overpower the nutritional content of the fruit. So, I decided to make my own jam at home that is super easy to make, and it maybe takes 5 minutes to make from beginning to end.

The more I cook the more I realize it is more cost effective and healthier to find easy alternatives to packaged items to make right in your own kitchen. This jam not only has the antioxidants from the mixed berries, but it has extra nutrients from the chia seeds. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, energy, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are also great for skin health, bone and joint integrity, and they help balance blood sugar levels. For more information click here for my go-to source on all things health and wellness on Dr. Axe’s website.

I love this recipe. I use this as a garnish to my Lemon Bar Muffins. There is something about the blend of berries and citrus that makes everything make sense. I also use this on top of some coconut yogurt with nut butter for a little PB&J vibe. You can also spread this on top of some sprouted toast in the morning, or just make a classic PB&J sandwich with your nut butter of choice. You can’t go wrong here. The sky is the limit. Enjoy!

Mixed Berry Chia Jam

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp filted water

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium heat.
  • Stir the berry mixture frequently, and gently smash the berries with a fork into smaller bits (depending on how much texture you like in your jam).
  • Once thickened and warmed through remove the jam from the heat and transfer to a glass storage container. Serve immediately, or allow the jam to completely cool before you store it in the refrigerator in an air tight container.