If you’re unfamiliar with chia seeds then the two of you need to get acquainted. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and have the magical ability to thicken any otherwise liquidy dish. They are flavorless, and when eaten immediately, provide your meal with a small amount of crunch. Although, the magical thickening happens when you leave these to sit in a liquid over night or heat them on the stove with your ingredients. In this particular recipe(if you can even call it a recipe), we are going to use them to thicken a quick jam that has only three ingredients. This is a great method for when you have fruits or even vegetables that may look a little worse for wear. In my case it happened to be blueberries but the possibilities are endless!
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- 1 pound fruit
- 2 tablespoons stevia (or ¼ cup sugar)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Set a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the fruit and sweetener.
- Heat fruit, stirring occasionally, until it begins to liquify, 5-15 minutes depending on your fruit. (My blueberries took 5.) Allow the fruit to come to a simmer, and let it continue to simmer until it begins to break down and form a saucy consistency, about five minutes. If neccessary, carefully mash fruit with a fork or masher until it reaches the consistency you'd like.
- Taste your jam and see if you want to add more sweetener. Add a tablespoon at a time until you hit the right sweet note for your tastes.
- Stir in the chia seeds and let cook for another minute. Stir again, remove from heat, and let sit until thick, about 10 minutes. If the jam seems a little thin, add another teaspoon or two of chia seeds, stir, and let sit for another 10 minutes, but keep in mind that he jam will continue to thicken as it cools.
- To store, place in an airtight jar and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
*This recipe can take up to 20 mins, but for a softer fruit like my blueberries the whole process took no more than 10 minutes.