Don’t you just love something that is easy, delicious and healthy – and is liked by the whole family?
One such thing is this homemade jam. You can use most fruits, either by themselves or in combination. For this particular jam, I used the remainder of a packet of apricot/plums that I had purchased at Costco (by the way, they were delicious), some blackberries and some blueberries – altogether about 1 lb of fruit. Since the apricot/plums were extremely juicy and very ripe, I did not add any water – but you will have to evaluate whether water should be added to your jam. If using for instance only berries, water needs to be added to the jam before boiling. The chia seeds will act as a gelatine – and will add omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to your jam.
Be very careful when adding the sweetener – start with a few spoonfuls and then taste. Some fruits are a lot sweeter than others and you don’t want it too sweet!
Leave fruit and/or berries (plus water) to boil at low heat for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and add chia, vanilla powder and most of the Sukrin:1. If you are using chia seeds and don’t want the texture of the seeds, you can grind them in a coffee grinder before use. Taste and adjust to your desired level of sweetness.
Leave as is or blend, depending on the texture preferred. Store in fridge in a mason jar. The jam has no preservatives but will last for quite some time because of the boiling – that is, if it doesn’t get eaten immediately:-)