Raw Sugar Free Raspberry Chia Jam
This may look like regular ol' jam from granny, but this is a bright and beautiful 2 ingredient / 2 minute beauty food at its most supreme. Traditional jams and preserves cook the life (what I call cooked to death) and nutrients out of fruit and drench them in sugar, leaving not much behind except something to fulfill a sweet tooth. Sugar may be darling and sweet, but a bit too much (and we are inundated with sugar in everything) and it's detrimental to our overall health, including our precious organ MS. SKIN. This Healthibella recipe is for a fresh jam (raw food!) that is even less work than a compote. It works best with fresh raspberries because they are delicate even raw, plus their color is just undeniably gorgeous. Superfood raspberries are one of the fruits very low in sugar and super rich in antioxidants to give free radicals that cause disease and premature aging the boot! While Chia seeds are the most potent plant source of skin beautifying omega 3s (even higher than wild salmon!). So, what's not to love about these two star ingredients? Breakfast and tea time just got healthier!
Unlike pectin, Chia seeds don't need heat to turn into a gel consistency. Left to soak in liquid, they will swell up to give the blend a consistency similar to jam which saves us from having to cook the berries with pectin and destroy their nutrients with heat. This is so quick and easy, I prefer to make one cup at a time so we can eat it very fresh, but it will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days (if it lasts that long). If you want a sweeter jam, just add a tablespoon (or two) of fructose free brown rice syrup, which will sweeten the deal without coloring your precious bright raspberries.
To your health and happiness! xx, Juli
For one cup (c. 150 g) of fresh jam.
- 150 grams (c. 1 cup) fresh raspberries
- 3 tablespoons Chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup (optional; this is a great sweetener for this recipe if you prefer it sweeter as it won't change the color of the jam and it's fructose free)
- In a food processor or blender, puree the raspberries.
- Pour the pureed raspberries into a bowl.
- Use the 3 tablespoons of pure water to rinse the blender out so you catch every little bit of raspberries.
- Add brown rice syrup if you are sweetening and stir once more.
- Add 3 tablespoons of Chia seeds to raspberry puree and stir gently for 2 minutes.
- Pour jam into an airtight glass container and refrigerate until chilled.
- The Chia seeds will soak up the liquid and render the jam with a light gel consistency within a hour.
- Serve with warm Healthibella Banana Walnut Chia Bread made with gluten-free oat flour and almond meal. Enjoy!