If you want to delight your guests and loved ones with a beautiful, delicious and succulent seasonal jam, have I got the thing for you!
Even better? This version is brimming with nutrients and will only take you about 10 minutes to whip up (yup, that's right, 10 minutes!). Oh and don't worry, I won't tell a soul... your domestic goddess status is safe with me.
I've always relished the idea of jam but rarely eat it because most commercial brands and home preserved varieties are more about the added sugar than the fruit. It's a real shame too because fruit contains so much natural goodness (and plenty of sweetness), it doesn't actually require much messing.
But how to create a jam without the pectin and the heavy sugar load needed to activate it?
That's what I love about this recipe. It allows the taste and the star quality of the fruit to shine through without bogging it down with additives/preservatives. Chia seed is a natural gelling agent and a perfect fit for this raw, natural variety of homespun jam. Chia also brings with it an array of nutrients to complement the fruit, which you can read more about in the Nutrition & Cooking Notes.
The other fun thing about this recipe is that you can choose (and vary) the fruit according to its seasonal availability to create a different taste experience each time. Chia works particularly well with berries because the tiny seeds mimic those natively found in the fruit but you could certainly experiment with other pulsed fruit (or ideally a combination of berry and other fruit) and see how the resulting texture appeals. With something this easy, it's not much of a stretch to imagine creating a new variety every week. And now that the warmer months are finally upon us [yay] it's nice to support local growers and benefit from fruit at its peak of freshness and nutrient quality whenever possible.
By the way, I also think these little jam jars would make a gorgeous hostess or mother's day gift!
my favourite way to enjoy this jam is on my morning oatmeal ♡