I’m really holding on to summer over here!!
I was driving home today and actually saw some yellow leaves. What are you doing here yellow leaves? Get lost!! It is NOT fall yet so you simmer down.
Anyway, like I said in the last post, it’s definitely still warm. Yummy summer fruits and veggies are still plenty abundant too so I’m happy. Blackberries are on major sale right now where I live so I stocked up buying 5 (small) packs.
We have absolutely no problem poppin’ berries in our mouthes, but I also like to try different things with them when I have a bunch around. This time, I threw together some healthy chia jam!
If you’ve never experimented with chia seeds before, they’re pretty fun. Chia seeds are really healthy packing tons of fiber, healthy fats (Omega-3’s), and protein. They’re said to do a million other things too like lower blood pressure and reduce food cravings, but I’m not sure any of that is proven. Regardless, they’re for sure a health food.
You can use chia seeds in tons of different ways, but when you add them to liquid substances, they thicken them up almost in a gel-like way. You may have seen chia pudding before (thickens it up like pudding) and it works great for jams, giving it that nice jelly texture.
Anyway, on to the recipe!
Blackberry Chia Seed Jam
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp of honey
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
So, I did this the lazy/easy way.
First, I mixed the honey and lemon with the blackberries.
Next, I microwaved the berries for 1 minute.
After that first minute, I mashed everything up a bit with a fork then microwaved another 30 seconds.
Once it was all mushed and mixed together, I added the chia seeds and let it cool off. Once it cooled a little, I stuck it in the fridge.
While it was cooling you could even see how it was starting to thicken up. Mmm good stuff.
You can absolutely sub in different berries and by all means, try a different sweetener if you’d like. This is another great recipe you can kind of try along the way and tweak things to your liking.
Do you use chia seeds? What’s your favorite way to use them?