Fresh Chia & Berry Jam

April 22, 2014
Spring, Dessert, Brunch, Healthy, Summer

Yields: 1½ cups

2 tablespoons chia seeds (black or white)
1 cup ripe fresh berries or frozen, if frozen, thawed (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or a combination of all)
2 tablespoons all-natural fruit jam
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1. Put chia seeds in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water and stir to combine. Let chia seeds sit until water is absorbed and mixture becomes soft, about 10 minutes.

2. Put the berries, jam and lemon juice in a bowl and mash with a fork until jam-like consistency. Taste for sweetness and add more jam or a pinch of sugar if needed.

3. Spoon the hydrated chia seeds into the berry mixture and stir to combine, using fork to break up lumps of chia until evenly combined.

4. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. Can be made 2 days in advance and stored, covered in the refrigerator.

To serve, spoon over plain nonfat Greek yogurt and top with fresh fruit and/or granola (optional). You can also use this in place of jam on toast, or in a PB&J, or spread on waffles or muffins…any way you would use traditional jam!