Growing up, we had a huge mulberry tree in our backyard and every year my dad would make us homemade mulberry jam that was amazingly delicious. Needless to say homemade jam has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. But, I’ve never attempted to make it myself…until now! Although my jam is a lot quicker and wayyyy easy. Score!
This homemade Berry Chia Seed Jam can be made in about 15 minutes with just a few ingredients. So really, only a short amount of time stands between you and a gorgeous jam-slathered piece of toast. Mmm, sounds like breakfast or a yummy little snack, if you ask me.
I still had some strawberries hanging out in the freezer from when the hubs and I picked fresh strawberries back a few months ago, so I went ahead and tossed those into the pot to kick start this jam. Then I added a cup of frozen blueberries because why not, right? The more, the merrier.
And because a little extra sweetness is always yummy, I poured in some maple syrup. Then I mixed in a touch of vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. The cinnamon adds a lovely bit of warmth, which made me think of fall (of course!).
Since I’m eating a piece of toast with this jam on it as we speak, I can tell you that it’s super incredible. As you can see, the jam is a deep purplish-red color that really catches your eye—a major plus, considering we eat with our eyes first. I can also tell you that with each bite comes the pop of a marvelous little blueberry, along with lots of strawberry goodness. Soooo good! Oh, and I should mention that the consistency is perfect! Just the right amount of thickness.
I’m thinking that some yummy Berry Chia Seed Jam Oat Bars just might be in my near future. You know, to use up this leftover jam, of course. Talk about yum!
Hope you’re having a lovely long weekend! I most definitely enjoyed soaking up some rays at the pool just a bit ago. Sun + Low humidity + 85 degrees = Perfection! :)
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Add the berries to a medium-sized pot set over medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the fruit begins to break down. Use a wooden spoon to carefully smash some of the berries.
- Add the chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla to the pot and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat and transfer jam to a small mason jar. Store jam in the refrigerator.
Source: Adapted from Oh She Glows