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Mixed Berry Chia Jam

This simple, homemade jam recipe contains no refined sugars, is bursting with real berry flavour and will make you question ever buying the pre-made stuff again. Chia seeds are a great source of high quality protein, full of fibre and rich in essential fats, making them a must have ingredient for those following a plant based diet. Plus, both chia seeds and berries are full of antioxidants which protect against the ageing process. Try adding this recipe to your morning porridge, toast or coconut yoghurt.
Course: Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 480 grams frozen mixed fruit
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • zest & juice of ½ small lemon
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Place the frozen fruit in a small saucepan and gently heat until not only thawed through but the fruit has begun to break down.
  • Before the fruit turns into total mush, remove the saucepan from the heat, transfer the fruit mixture into a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  • Taste the fruit and add the maple syrup and lemon juice and zest to taste (more or less will be needed depending on the tartness of the fruit).
  • Stir in the chia seeds, decant the mixture into a sterilised glass jar and once completely cooled store in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day the chia jam will have set and is ready to use.

Notes

To safely sterilise a glass jar, clean the jar with hot soapy water, rinse, drain and place in a pre-heated oven at 120C for 10-15 minutes.
*You can use a combination of blueberries, red currants, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or alternative stick with one fruit. CNM recommends the use of organic produce.
Recipe by Francesca Klottrup, chef and nutritionist, lecturer on the Natural Chef and Vegan Natural Chef Diploma Courses. Photograph by Juliet Klottrup.