Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. They fill you up and provide you with sustainable energy. One of my favorite ways to enjoy chia seeds is blueberry chia seed jam. It can be eaten on toast, mixed with yogurt or any other way you typically eat jam.
When chia seeds are combined with liquid, they form a gel-like substance. In this recipe I combine chia seeds with blueberries, maple syrup and vanilla. I start by cooking the blueberries down with the maple syrup. Then I add the vanilla and chia seeds. Once the chia seeds are added and it cools down a bit, the mixture takes on a gelatinous texture similar to jam. This recipe provides an easy way to make your own jam while benefiting from the nutrition of chia seeds.
One note about the blueberries I use: I always buy Wyman’s frozen wild blueberries from Maine. They are wild grown and thus have higher amounts of antioxidants. This brand is also committed to environmental health and social equity. I think that one of the most important ways we vote is with our dollars. Every time we buy something we are supporting something. We’re supporting the brand and the way they do things. That’s why I choose to support companies that utilize organic /wild harvested practices. It’s better for the environment, the people making the products and the people consuming the products.
- 1½ cups frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Add blueberries and maple syrup to a saucepan and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for a few minutes stirring frequently. Optional: use a potato masher to mash the blueberries.
- Add the chia seeds and continue to cook over low heat for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.