20 minutes. That’s all it took to make this delicious jam!

When I was a little girl I used to add jam to my cereal. Yep, it’s true! And in those days whole grain, sugar free cereals were non existent, so you can imagine how sweet the jam made my cereal!!

How times have changed. Now my breakfast cereals are either steel cut oats or oatmeal topped with chopped nuts or fresh fruit or a healthy multigrain cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Although jam doesn’t belong in my cereal now, I still love it spread over toast and purchase all fruit and natural ones now. Mind you, that may change!!

I’m a huge fan of Angela Liddon and her ‘Oh She Glows’ cookbook! When I saw that she had a recipe for a jam that takes only 20 minutes and I had all the ingredients on hand, well, how could I not try it!!! The jam is so yummy and easy to make that I may have to make a batch every week!

I’d love to hear from you! Have you ever made jam?
Please feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comments below:)

Homemade Chia Seed Jam

Yield: 1 cup
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used frozen raspberries, blackberries and blueberries)
  • 3-4 tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
In a medium-sized pot, bring the frozen berries and maple syrup to a low boil. Stir frequently and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the fruit with a fork, leaving some for texture.

Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.

Once the jam is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Store in small Mason or other glass jar containers.

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