After you try making this really easy (you only need one sauce pan and 10 min.) really healthy ( it’s packed full of antioxidants and fiber) jam, you just might find you’ll never need to stroll down the jelly/jam aisle of the store ever again! Yes! It’s really that good!
Making jam has a reputation of being tedious, and labor intensive. Not to mention, many jams also have high sugar content. Nah..Nah..Nah! not this jam. Just fresh raspberries, honey (natures sweetener), super healthy chia seeds and a touch of vanilla and orange.
The best part of it all…it takes less than 10 minutes to whip up! Simple, and healthy, and delicious!
Oh, and did I mention VERSATILE! Perfect for all the things you would normally think of using jam for, things like :
1. Slathering on hot crusty toast
2. Spooning in between layer of yogurt and granola
And some you might not normally think of
3. Stirring into a cup of hot steaming tea -sweet raspberry and orange add a nice dimension to tea.
4. Glaze a chicken- Try Grilled Raspberry Glazed Chicken (From Heathrlewis.com)
5. Stuff French toast
6. Add to BBQ sauce for a sweet raspberry orange kick
7. Use on a sandwich (PBJ of course….or try a Turkey and Brie Panini like this one from Musings of a Modern American Mom (Substitute Raspberry Orange Chia jam for the Cranberry Sauce)
From Menu Musing of a Modern American Mom (substitute Raspberry Chia jam for the Cranberry sauce)
8. Stir into toasted oatmeal – recipe from Cookie + Kate
From Cookie + Kate
9. Use in place of regular jam in Holiday Thumb Print Cookies or try these Healthy Oat Thumbprint Cookies (from MyFussyEater.com)
From My Fussy Eater
10. Make a vinaigrette
¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
2 cups olive oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp dry mustard
3 Tablespoons Raspberry Orange Chia jam
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until all ingredients are emulsified.
11. Make a hostess gift basket- package jam in a pretty glass jar, add a fresh loaf of bread, holiday coffee mugs and a package of your favorite coffee. Your hostess will be all set for breakfast the morning after the party.
12. Substitute the regular raspberry jam for raspberry orange chia jam in this recipe for Baked Coconut Shrimp with Raspberry Chile Sauce
Making your own jam is so easy! Plus with the addition of Chia seeds you are loading up on antioxidants, fiber, high quality protein and lots of other nutrients. This recipe can easily be made with other berries of your choice…so pick up what’s in season and give this easy healthy jam a try.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 Tablespoons water (omit if using frozen berries)
- 2 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
- 3 Tablespoons chia seeds (white or black)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 orange (used for fresh juice (1 Tablespoon) and zest (¼ teaspoon))
- Agave nectar (optional for additional sweetness)
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat add raspberries, water and honey (omit the water if using frozen berries), bring to a boil and mash the raspberries with a fork to break them down to desired consistency. Reduce heat and simmer for additional 3-4 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
- Take pan off the heat. Add chia seeds, vanilla, ¼ teaspoon orange zest and 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice (Use a zester to zest orange to obtain ¼ teaspoon zest. Cut orange in quarters and squeeze to obtain 1 Tablespoon juice). Stir to thoroughly combine.
- Taste jam. Add a splash of agave nectar for additional sweetness or additional chia seeds for thicker consistency. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.