This Paleo Black Forest Chia Jam is well… uhhh… jam packed (cringe) full of nutrition, flavour and more importantly is low on sugar!
It is perfect for kids and adults alike – in fact my whole family seems to enjoy this a lot more than real jam itself.
Chia seeds are incredibly hydrophilic – basically a posh word for ‘loving water’ and in layman’s terms this means that chia seeds will soak up as much water as possible making them a great baking tool to have in your arsenal as well as for helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer thus staying trim. Not to say that they are all filler and nothing else though; chia seeds are high in dietary fibre, high in good quality protein, & high in omega-3 fatty acids. What isn’t there to love about them?!
Chia seeds were also used by the Aztecs as a running fuel as they helped to keep them hydrated and running harder, faster and for longer. If you’re wanting to up your athletic performance and stamina I couldn’t recommend them anymore! So this jam is great as a pre-workout breakfast or snack.
If you want a smooth and lump free jam you can place it all into a blender at the end if you wish but I think it works best with some nice lumps of fruit in it.
It is best slathered on to some of my Paleo Granary Bread or Paleo Crumpets!
Yields: Roughly 2.5 to 3 cups
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
2 cups of frozen/fresh cherries, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, & blackcurrants
1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup milled chia seeds
- Place your fruit, honey and lemon juice into a medium sized pan. Place the pan on a medium heat.
- Stir the mixture frequently until the honey has melted and bring the mixture to the boil.
- Reduce the heat and crush the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon until soft. It is upto you to determine the texture of the fruit that you want in your jam. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in your milled chia seeds. Transfer to an airtight mason jar or into a jam jar. If using a jam jar be sure to use cellophane and wax discs to help keep the jam airtight! Store the jam in a cool dry place and use within one week of making – although it really won’t last that long!
Paleo Crumpets | Greens Of The Stone Age25th January 2015 at 11:59 am
[…] Best served with raw grass-fed butter but for a super naughty crumpet spread on some raw honey, drizzle on some maple syrup or even use a nice dollop of my Black Forest Chia Jam! […]
paleovirtus25th January 2015 at 1:10 pm
Oooh…I think you’ve just given me the weapon I’ve been looking for in order to wean certain members of this family off refined-sugar laden preserves…
If they then ate this jam instead of Robertson’s finest, would you then be allowed to call them “jammy dodgers” **badoom-tish**
I’ll get me coat…. 😀
greensofthestoneage11th February 2015 at 9:10 pm
So I am the most useless person ever at replying to comments! I am so so sorry! Have you made some yet and gotten your significant others off of the sticky icky stuff? Mine really love it.
paleovirtus12th February 2015 at 10:15 am
Hehe..no worries. I’m having the same problem with comments. I’m having trouble getting me head around the new notifications system. 😀
Haven’t managed to make any yet, I’ve got it pencilled in for the back end of the month. I should have a bit of extra time by then. Hopefully… 🙂
greensofthestoneage17th February 2015 at 3:44 pm
See I told you I am useless haha!
I have trouble getting my head around the most basic tasks these days. Looking forward to your feedback 🙂
paleovirtus19th February 2015 at 4:02 pm
Well, it just took me 2 days to reply to you… 😀
To be fair though I’ve been on the road again without an internet connection… 🙂
greensofthestoneage26th February 2015 at 2:51 pm
Haha here you go 6 days for me! Where have you been travelling to? Hope somewhere nice!
paleovirtus26th February 2015 at 3:13 pm
Nipped back over to Blighty for a bit to see me big sis and family, as well as re-house the tea stash I left behind when I moved in August… 🙂
greensofthestoneage26th February 2015 at 5:47 pm
Awww that’s so lovely 🙂 what Tea did you get? Yorkshire?! 😉
paleovirtus26th February 2015 at 6:04 pm
Hehe…not quite…it was me posh tea caddies filled with various types of Chinese tea… 🙂
greensofthestoneage3rd March 2015 at 2:11 pm
Oooh I love any tea! Chinese is nice too 🙂
paleovirtus3rd March 2015 at 3:05 pm
Aye. Tha can’t whack a nice cup o’ Pu-Erh… 🙂
greensofthestoneage3rd March 2015 at 8:51 pm
Oh aye 😉