Wham, Bam, Chia Seed Jam

Spring is officially upon Vancouverites! Spring means I feel like actually waking up, as little birds sing songs outside of our window inEast Vancouver, and making breakfast for myself and my fiancé, John. While we usually try and have a hearty breakfast (especially because John is a 6.7″ giant), sometimes we just feel like peanut butter and jam on toast. Simple.

Alas, as I am a Big City Hippie, my PB&J usually consists of …

  • organic sprouted grain from Silver Hills Bakery {I am partial to The Big 16 and Squirrely}
  • organic peanut butter {which ever brand is on sale as long as it has only peanuts. I salt my PB myself with Himalayan Sea Salt}
  • organic jam {pricey, and still so full of sugar!}
  • instead of jam: sliced up bananas or organic/home-grown strawberries when they are fresh in season.
  • sprinkle of hemp and/or chia seeds
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

I have always wanted to make jam, but have found it daunting {Cheese-cloth??? Pectin???}.

wholesome jam in under twenty

A friend pinned an easy Chia Seed Jam recipe on Pinterest, and the recipe was so simple {closer to “freezer jam”}! I had all the ingredients & tools, so I gave it a whirl, and it turned out great! Nutritious whole food ingredients, tasty, and simple… #whambamjam

You can view the original recipe by mountainmamacooks

I did things a smidge differently…

Wham, Bam, Chia Seed Jam:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound strawberries… or any fruit really… berries, peaches, apricots! {I used frozen strawberries and cooked them down. Also, I just winged the “1 pound”}
  • 2 TBS Maple Syrup OR Honey {use the REAL stuff. The flavor is amazing, and it’s good for you. The fake stuff is not. You decide how sweet you like it.}
  • 3 TBS Chia Seeds {doesn’t matter which colour, whole or ground is fine; it will just have a different texture}
  • ½ TS Vanilla extract {again… use the real stuff}
  • 1 TS Cinnamon OR desired spice(s) {optional}
  • ½ TS Salt of good quality {Himalayan Pink Salt, Sea Salt}

Instructions:

  • Blend up strawberries/fruit {if fresh} OR cook down from frozen and use a potato masher to crush them up.
  • If blended, transfer to your little pot/saucepan {if mashing, they are already in that little pot/saucepan}.
  • Add in maple syrup/honey & chia and bring to a simmer. Low simmer for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat, swirl in Vanilla, Cinnamon & Salt.
  • Scoop into cute jars and cool. Jam will get thicker. Store in the fridge for around 2 weeks {or “can” the jam, or put some in freezer}
  • EAT THAT SWEET STUFF or be a sweetie and gift some!

Our jam is thick and tasty, with the health benefits of pure maple syrup, organic strawberries, chia seeds, cinnamon and vanilla. I added a dash of Himalayan pink salt to bring out the flavours, and good salt is not “bad” for you. It has trace minerals and elements: the stuff that makes your body tick. The good kind of ticking. The jam set nicely, but ours has a “stringier” texture as I mashed instead of blended.  I put it into a few little glass jars {I am a self-confessed jar hoarder}. It should last about 2 ish weeks in the fridge. I put a jar in the freezer too. I’m not sure if canning is an option, I have yet to attempt canning!

Remember to use high quality, organic, non-gmo ingredients. The reason for making our own jam is because we want to avoid processed sugars* and other nasties from entering our bodies, and to be kind to Mother Nature.

ps. You also do not have to cook the jam if you want it raw, and could use other whole foods like dates in place of the sweetener.

many commercial, artifical sweeteners like Splenda {Sucralose}, Sweet n’ Low {Saccharin}, Nutrasweet & Equal {Aspartame} and others such as Acesulfame Potassium & Neotame have been proven to be bad for you health. A post on sweeteners will be done, but in the meantime, check out these sweet resources!

 

1. www.mercola.com

Sugar Subsititutes – What’s Safe and What’s Not

2. www.rodalenews.com

7 Hidden Dangers of Artifical Sweeteners

3. www.janethull.com

Bella Italia: The Soffritti Aspartame Study

4. SO MANY MORE!

 

 

 

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2 comments on “Wham, Bam, Chia Seed Jam

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