The perfect healthy jam to spread on your morning toast or add to a nut butter sandwich. Raw, naturally sweet, and packed with healthy chia seed omega 3s, you’ll be happily spreading this raw raspberry fig chia jam on everything!
After many years of wanting to make my own fruit jam, I finally did so a few weeks ago! Boy, was it easy and I’m still kicking myself for waiting so long! I’m actually more of a fruit butter person, but jam and jelly is wonderful too (and quicker to make). Well, chia jams are quick to make! When you have an over-abundance of summer fruits in the kitchen too and there is no way to finish it all before it goes bad, whipping up some jam is the answer!
What I loved most about making my own jam was not having to worry about added sugars or preservatives. Just fruit and chia seeds! All wholesome goodness that I would gladly spread all over everything! The chia seeds naturally “gel” it and make it the perfect jam/jelly texture! I eat nut butter sammies multiple times a week. They are a lunchtime staple and I always need a good sweet fruit spread to use!
I like to toast (okay, more like burn, I like my gluten-free bread really, really toasted!), then slather on some nut butter. Usually sunflower seed or almond butter. Then comes the fruit spread. I like to break the crust pieces off first and eat them, then the center or least toasted part of the sammie. If I’m feeling really motivated, I won’t toast my bread, but grill it on my mini George Foreman grill, like a panini! Quality lunch right there 😉
So why did I pick raspberries and figs? Well, I looked in the fridge and saw half a carton of almost dying raspberries that I didn’t want to have to throw away. I grabbed those and then to add some extra natural sweetness, I dug in my freezer for my one and only bag of Trader Joe’s Organic Frozen Whole Green Figs! When my mom was in a rare TJ’s a few weeks back, I told her to see if she could find them. She did, YAY, but then I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to make with them. I just love figs, always have. Especially if I were to use dried fruit in something. I know a lot of people are obsessed with dates, but I much rather prefer figs! And I like the name “fig”, so cute!
Raw Raspberry Fig Chia Jam
- 3 Large Frozen Green Figs (defrosted)
- 1 Heaping Cup of Raspberries
- 1 TB Chia Seeds
- In a food processor, add the figs, raspberries, and chia seeds. Blend to desired smoothness.
- Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for at least an hour to thicken.
- Will keep for 2 weeks.
It’s that easy! Can you believe it? I was all excited to make a new recipes, but then I realized this took about 5 minutes and cooking was over. I’m pretty sure I made 2 other recipes after that to quell my passionate needs 😉 Anyway, that means you have no excuse not to make yourself some healthy chia jam this summer! You any fruit you have that’s starting to look sad and overripe. Hell, you can even use all frozen fruit so you can still have jam all year-round! You can make an even bigger batch and freeze some to defrost as needed. This chia jam is perfect for morning toast, bagels, pancakes, muffins, waffles, sandwiches, ice cream, anything!
So tell me:
+ Have you ever made your own fruit jam, jelly, butter, spread?
+ What’s your favorite way to make a nut butter sandwich? I will always have fond memories of eating childhood lunch in school, made by my dear mom. Super soft whole wheat bread with Jif peanut butter and Welch’s grape jelly, cut on a diagonal.
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