Blueberry & Ginger Chia Jam

INGREDIENTSCashew Nut Bread Chia Jam

  • 300g frozen blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup or xylitol  
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 
Transfer the berries to a saucepan and set over a medium heat. Gently mash with a spoon to break them up. 
  2. Add in the ginger and cook until the berries break down and become syrupy, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and add in the chia seeds, maple syrup or xylitol and lime juice. Stir until well combined. 
  4. Allow the mixture to thicken for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. 
Pour into a clean glass jar or air-tight container and allow to cool completely.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Notes: Chia jam does not set like a ‘jelly jam’ as we’re not relying on sugar to help it to set. The chia seeds help to thicken the mixture but it will not have that sticky consistency of regular jam.

 

What's nourishing about this recipe...

Chia seeds are versatile, with very mild flavor, and can easily be added to a variety of foods and beverages. They provide a concentrated source of the essential omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which has been linked to a number of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory activity, lowering blood pressure, lowering triglycerides and supporting healthy cholesterol levels. 

Chia seeds also provide a source of protein, minerals and dietary fiber. Just 1oz (approximately 2 tablespoons) contains 9.8 grams of fibre, which means they can help promote healthy digestion and bowel movements.  1oz of chia seeds will also provide 18% of the daily-recommended value for calcium, about 50% for manganese, 35% for phosphorus and 24% of magnesium. These minerals are important for bone health. 

Blueberries have reached superfood status when it comes to their unique health benefits. They contain a wide variety of health supporting phytonutrients that function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body to provide cardiovascular support, nervous system support, cognitive benefits including memory enhancement and protection of the eye’s retina. They are also considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI) and research has shown blueberries to have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation.