Homemade jam is a summertime favorite, but here’s a delicious way to make your own raw blueberry jam with just four simple ingredients.
Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanins, special antioxidants that help regulate the anti-inflammatory system within our bodies. Some studies have suggested that these anthocyanins have health benefits for the heart as well.
Chia seeds are well known for their amazing health benefits as they deliver a massive amount of nutrients and are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to providing fiber, iron, and calcium, chia seeds are also loaded with antioxidants as well.
By combining these two delicious superfoods, you’ll be giving your body a burst of healthy antioxidants while keeping your tastebuds happy.
For a sweetener, we prefer to use raw, unfiltered honey. Not all honey is the same, please be aware that some honey is actually FAKE. Fake honey has additives such as glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, corn syrup, starch, or even flour. Here’s how to tell the difference.
Pure honey is not sticky when you rub it between your fingers. It’s quite thick and takes time to move side to side in a container when you tip it. The taste actually dissipates quickly. When heated, pure honey will caramelize rapidly without foaming. If spread onto a slice of bread and allowed to set for a couple of minutes, the bread will actually harden.
Fake honey, on the other hand, is quite sticky, due to the additives. It’s thinner and has a tendency to move quickly from side to side in a container when tipped. The flavor lingers for quite some time and will foam when heated due to added moisture, sugars and water. When it’s spread onto bread, the bread will become moist due to the additives.
Homemade Raw Blueberry Chia Jam Recipe
4 cup fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp of raw honey
2 Tbsp chia seeds
Combine the chia seeds with 4 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and soak for 10 minutes.
In a food processor or blender combine the blueberries, and honey, pulse. Then add the gelled chia seeds and process until well blended.
The lovely chia gel provides the fruit with the jam texture.
How to store raw jam
This fresh, raw jam should be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively, the jam can be successfully frozen for up to 6 months.
Note: This jam is delicious on fruit bowls, toast, and in fruit sorbets. Layer it with yogurt for a refreshing fruit parfait. While it’s delightful as a raw jam, it cannot safely be canned for pantry storage.
More Flavor Ideas
If you love fresh raw jam, this recipe also works well with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, or even apricots. Just swap out the fruit, the directions remain the same.
This recipe makes about 4 cups.
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