CHIA JAM

Here's a fact that will shock you - one tablespoon of jam contains 10 grams of sugar! And one tablespoon of sugar is 12.5 grams, so every tablespoon of jam is equal to 80% of a tablespoon of sugar. WHAAT? This means each time you lather up your crumpets with these sticky preserves, or sandwich a few tablespoons of the sweet stuff between sponge cakes, you are essentially just pouring on fruit-flavoured sugar.
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But it doesn't have to be this way. Cue the ultimate solution for all your sticky, fruity cravings: Chia Jam. Yes, this jam is made with everyone's favourite overrated seed. Yes, you should still make it though. Of course, you will love it :) Plus, if you aren't still hella shocked about the whole sugar situation, this can only mean one of two things:

  • You already knew about this fact, and have been making homemade naturally-sweetened chia jam for years, in which case I salute you, or
  • You are an alien. And if you are, please tell others of your kind to subscribe to www.shivanilovesfood.com. I hear it's got some great recipes ;)
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I've investigated the science behind chia seeds, because well, I'm interested in the science behind everything really. If you aren't a food nerd/chia fanatic (it's a thing, ok) then feel free to skip to the next paragraph. Basically, chia seeds contain a soluble fibre called mucilage, which, when pronouced with a french accent, sounds rather fancy. When mucilage comes into contact with water, the chia seed puffs up, creating a moist, nutrient-dense layer around the seed so it can begin to germinate. This is what will make our jam mucilaginous (like a gel), meaning we don't need to add tons of sugar to the jam. And you'll be happy to know, soaked chia is better for you than dry. Finally, the jam gods are on our side!
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Chia jam is also ridiculously easy to make. Although pretty much every recipe on my blog is ridiculously easy to make, so maybe that fact doesn't surprise you. This is one of those chuck-everything-in-a-bowl-and-wait-twenty-minutes kind of recipes, so you can whip up a batch in the morning, get ready, and then enjoy your own homemade chia jam! 
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HOW TO MAKE CHIA JAM

Time: 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes wait
Makes: enough for one small jar

Ingredients:
  • 120g frozen mixed berries (or any frozen berries you have on hand)
  • lemon juice to taste
  • natural sweetener to taste (you could use maple syrup, agave...)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Method
  1. Defrost the berries in a medium bowl in the microwave until they are slightly juicy.
  2. Add the lemon juice, sweetener of choice, and chia seeds to the bowl. Mix together.
  3. Use a fork to 'mash' everything together. The less lumps, the better consistency you will have.
  4. Leave the jam for about 20 minutes to let the chia seeds do their thing. In the meantime, you could whip up some Hummus and Pita Chips. Remember to spread hummus, not hate :)
  5. Once the jam has rested, give it a stir and serve! What better way to enjoy this than with some peanut butter on toast. Classic combos are the best combos.
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I like to keep my chia jam in cute little jars and store them in the fridge. This would make such a lovely gift. I hope you enjoy this jam, and thanks to it being mostly fruit, you can eat it with no guilt!

Shivani x 




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Are you a chia fanactic? Or maybe you are a snackaholic? Try these Coconut and Chia Bars!

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