Easy-peasy super healthy jam

I’ve never been too crazy for jam- its always too sweet and fake for me. I’ve always been more of a peanut butter kind of gal (see previous post). But since the littlie has come into my life, I have been on a quest to fill our lives, fridge and cupboards with tasty and delicious treats that are good for us…whilst not making us feel like we are missing out.

So I started making this lovely chia jam. I say jam, its somewhere between jam and compote. It doesn’t matter- its delicious and quick, and so, so easy!

I like to see what frozen fruits are on offer in our local Tesco, so I’ll often make this jam with an assortment of different fruits, depending what is in our freezer, or what might be going a little over-ripe in our fruit bowl.

Step aside sweet fake jam, theres a new guy in my fridge, and he ain’t going nowhere!

Recipe:

  • 2 cups of frozen fruit (or anything in your fruit bowl. Make sure everything is chopped to a similar size)
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Prep/equipment- Saucepan and spoon!

  1. Put the fruit into your saucepan and add enough cold water so that the fruit is almost covered.
  2. Gently warm the fruit for ten minutes, and keep your eye on it so that it doesn’t cook too quickly. If it looks like it needs a bit more moisture, add some more water, but don’t drown it.
  3. Once the mixture has reduced down and the fruit is lovely and soft and squidgy, take it off the heat and add the chia seeds. Mix the chia through, and leave to cool.
  4. The longer you leave it, the more the chia will have the chance to work their magic. They jellify and turn this beautiful fruity mix into a jam. Once cool and jam like, add your mixture to a clean jar and fridge it. This will keep well for a week.

Variations:

Sometimes frozen berries can be a little sharp for little ones, so you could add a tbsp of honey (if your child is 1+) or maple syrup.

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