Let`s talk CHIA SEEDS. This new little super food is sweeping across the plates of every health nut and for good reason! They pack SO many benefits in their teeny tiny package (think like 5 birds one stone.) Not only that, there is so may things you can do with them from chia pudding, adding to smoothies, or even to thicken and jam pack 😉 jams and jellies full of extra health benefits like this recipe here.
Chia seeds are high in omega 3`s, the good fats, as well as being high in fiber, which a lot of diets end up lacking. As for the blackberries- they provide the perfect amount of sweetness and the tart flavors are really balanced out when combined with the maple syrup. Another bonus is that blackberries provide a really great amount of vitamin c, are antioxidant rich and low cal! (if you are into that!)
This recipe is so easy, simple, and contains minimal ingredients as well as requires barely any time. GUARANTEED HAPPINESS for toast, oats, waffles, pancakes, the list could go on.
- 2 package of fresh blackberries OR frozen, around 12-16 oz. You can choose how much blackberries you want to use based on how much jam you wish to make. This recipe makes enough for one mason jar.
- 2-3 tbs of pure maple syrup, again you can adjust the amount based on how much you wish to make. you want to have enough for sweetness, but not too much or it will not thicken as well.
- dash of vanilla extract
- 2 tbs of chia seeds (These are my fav)
Put the blackberries in a moderately sized pot and turn heat to medium-high. The blackberries do most of the work and as they heat up you`ll want to start smashing them with a fork or utensil of choice. The amount you smash is just how chunky you prefer your jam. As they being to heat up more and start to boil, add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and continue stirring. As the last step, stir in the chia seeds and lower the heat just a tad until the mixture has become thickened. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes or serve it nice and warm on top of some waffles or cinnamon raisin toast! This recipe only takes about 10 minutes, but the bigger the batch will require a little more time for thickening. The longer the chia seeds sit in the jam, the better they will absorb.
Finally, store in a cute mason jar and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks!
I love this recipe, it`s so easy to whip up and so tasty! I hope yall enjoy this recipe as much as I do!