There’s this one episode of “Friends” when Monica breaks up with her boyfriend and tries to do everything she can to fill her time. Her first activity of choice was making jam. She woke up early to go the docks, picked up fresh fruit and made jars and jars of jam. Her neighbor and friend, Joey, would devour these jars with graham crackers or just by itself. Every time I make jam at home, I imagine Joey licking the jars clean and can’t wait to do the same. Taking advantage of the berry season I decided to make blackberry jam – always a welcomed flavor in my household! However, instead of going the traditional route, I prepared this sauce with chia seeds, a new obsession of mine. A healthier jam that’s ready in an hour? Yes please!
- 8 ounces blackberries
- 2-3 tbsp coconut sugar
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Combine blackberries, coconut sugar and juice of 1/2 lemon in a medium sauce pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until blackberries have softened and broken down.
- Remove from heat and mix in chia seeds. Let sit for one hour. Serve.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
As much as I love jam, I love homemade jam that much more. The store-bought versions tend to have way too much sugar and preservatives. Make your own batch at home to limit the sugar and keep it all natural.
Cook the blackberries until they have broken down. You can add more or less sugar depending on how sweet the fruit is. This recipe is completely adaptable and can be used for raspberry chia jam, strawberry, figs, you name it! I used fresh fruit but frozen can be used as well.
Before adding the chia seeds, you will notice that the jam has a thin consistency.
However, mix in the chia seeds and let it sit for one hour and you notice quite a difference. The chia seeds absorb the liquid and turn the thin consistency into what we know as jam! How great is that!
I slathered the blackberry chia jam on my morning toast and even mixed some in my overnight oats. Just darn delicious!