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Healthy Recipe: Easy, No Cook, Fruity Chia Seed Jam

Swap out your sugary store-bought jars for this nutrient-packed toast topper.
Photograph by Carlene Thomas.

The chia superfood craze has been around for a while—we can’t blame you for loving the tiny, protein-packed and filling seeds—but how many of you still have residual chia in your pantry? If youre at a loss for what to do with all that chia, try making a summer fruit jam thats packed with fiber and omega 3s. By using chias natural gelling capabilities instead of relying on added pectin and cooking thats normally required for jam making, you’ll get a seasonal fruit topping without the work.

No Cook Summer Chia Jam: Three Ways

Peach Chia Jam

Gooseberry Chia Jam

Blackberry Chia Jam

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup, fruit of choice (for gooseberry, use 3/4 cup fruit)
  • 4 Tablespoon chia seeds, gelled (Batch Chia Gel Ratio: 1 1/4 C water: 1/3 cup chia seeds. Have extra? Use it in a smoothie!).

Directions: To make chia fruit jams, gel chia overnight by adding chia seeds to water, stirring and placing in the fridge. About 45 minutes into chilling, stir again to evenly distribute chia seeds. Cut fruit into chunks if necessary, blend using an immersion blender. Add chia gel and blend again. Store in a sealed container and use it to top toast, oatmeal, or yogurt.

Carlene Thomas RDN,LD is a dietitian nutritionist and healthy living blogger on Healthfully Ever After.

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