This cherry chia jam is truly amazing! Ever since I discovered how to use my favourite fruits together with chia seeds in order to make jam, I’m doing it all the time. It’s just such so easy and healthy – you’ll love it! You can basically replace the cherries for any other fruit, frozen or fresh, and in less than 5 minutes whisk together your own jam. So far, I loved the cherry, strawberry and raspberry combinations but there are so many more I want to try. The great thing is that this jam is super healthy, all natural and you can adjust the sweetness according to your own taste. Also, if you use fresh and ripe fruits, you might now even need any added sweeteners because of the fruit’s natural sweetness. This jam is great to incorporate into baking, like my cherry crumble bars, or simply on a toast with peanut butter! 🙂
- Heat up a small sauce pan over medium heat and pour in the cherries (either frozen or fresh).
- Add the lemon juice and cook until soft (if it's sour cherries you might want to skip the lemon juice).
- Mash the cherries with a back of a fork or potato masher until you get a smooth consistency (if you want a really smooth jam without fruit pieces quickly mix the cherries up in a blender for a few seconds).
- Take off the heat and stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and chia seeds. You might want to take less or more sweetener, according to your taste.
- Once combined, let cool down and transfer into an air tight jar or other container.
- Place in the fridge to set for 2-3 hours and enjoy!
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