Chia Jam

My quest to find a healthier jam/jelly brought me to this chia jam recipe. My journey started in the grocery store, reading the label of each jar. It was rare to find one that didn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it! This stuff is everywhere. Onto the ones that used sugar or honey; better but my husband and I thought it was more sugar than we needed in a jam/jelly since it would over shadow the fruit flavor. Then I came across this recipe that not only could I control the amount of sweetener used but chia seeds are used which have their own health benefits. We found that unless the fruit is in season frozen is better to use. Enjoy!

3 C. fresh or frozen fruit
2-3 Tbsp. sweetener of choice(I used maple syrup)
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract(optional)

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine your fruit and sweetener over low heat. Using a potato masher, smash the fruit to release juices. Add the chia seeds. Stirring frequently, bring to a simmer and cook down for 10 minutes or so, or until jam has a nice thick consistency. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract if desired. Cool and serve.

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