An easy to make alternative to traditional jams and jelly. Chia seeds are used to thicken and add a nice texture to an already delicious jam. Feel free to substitute maple syrup for a sweetener of your preference. This recipe is best if made using local ingredients, blueberries that are hand picked by yourself from a field are even better!
- 3 cups frozen blueberries
- 3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup, to taste (or other liquid sweetener)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. In a medium-sized non-stick pot, bring the blueberries and 3 tbsp of maple syrup to a low boil. Stir frequently, and reduce heat to low-medium to simmer for about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the blueberries with a potato masher or fork, leaving some for texture.
2. Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens to your desired consistency, or about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.
3. Once the jam is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add more maple syrup to taste if desired. Enjoy on toast, English muffins, oatmeal, vegan overnight oats, oat bars, tarts, cookies, banana soft serve, smoothies, and more. The jam should keep for at least a week in an air-tight container in the fridge.