Today I have for you this 3 ingredient, healthy, easy peasy Mulberry Chia Seed Jam recipe...and its absolutely delicious! It's sweet, slightly tart and an absolute treat for the taste buds. We've been eating loads of this slathered on toast with some butter! The perfect healthy, tasty addition to your breakfast table.
Mulberries are very popular munch food in our house. And the over-enthusiastic mulberry lover that I am, this week my refrigerator was overstocked with them. I had to think of doing something different, real quick… as mulberries have a short season and a shorter shelf life. So, this delicious and lip-smacking jam was born!
Let's talk about our 3 ingredients - mulberries, chia seeds and raw honey.
What are the health benefits of mulberries?
Delicious sweet-tart succulent mulberries are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and iron. They are also a good source of minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. Antioxidants found in these berries promote heart health and overall well being. They're the perfect addition to your breakfast table and the other two ingredients are not too shabby themselves - overall the Mulberry Chia Seed Jam is quite the winner!
Why use chia seeds?
We've all heard of the magic of chia seeds. But what makes them such a popular superfood? These little guys are nutritional powerhouses. High in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, antioxidants. They are loaded with good quality protein. So they are especially beneficial to vegetarians. They don’t have any flavour of their own and expand to almost 10 times their size, when mixed with any liquid and can be used as a thickener. Do add them on your everyday diet...sprinkle on salads, add in soups, smoothies or even in your bakes.
Now for the sweetener - raw honey
Raw honey is unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. Just like most foods that are processed or pasteurized, liquid honey loses a lot of its beneficial nutrients when it undergoes a heating process. Raw honey is rich with nutrients like energizing B vitamins and immune-boosting vitamin C. It is an alkaline food, thus very effective for hyperacidity. I usually buy raw honey from an organic food store close by. You could certainly substitute it with organic honey if you wish.
How to make the Mulberry Chia Seed Jam
- Place your washed mulberries in a thick bottomed pan with honey and a splash of water.
- Cook them for about 10/15 mins till the fruit is soft and mushy.
- Add in the chia seeds and continue cooking for another 10/15 mins. Do add a splash of water if your fruit mix is getting too thick.
- Taste and adjust for sweetness if you need to.
- Let it cool completely, transfer to an airtight jar and refrigerate. This should last for about a week, stored in the fridge!
Enjoy this goodness with crackers, on toasts, pancakes, waffles, and in your shakes!
For another easy fruit jam, you can also check out my Persimmon Chia Jam recipe.
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Mulberry Chia Seed Jam
- 400 gms Mulberry/Shahtoot
- 4-6 tbsp Raw Honey I added 6tbsp as my mulberries weren't really sweet
- 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Wash the mulberries well. Remove their green stems if you’d like to, I didn’t. Place them in a thick bottomed pan with honey and a splash of water. Cook them for about 10/15 mins till the fruit is soft and mushy. Add in the chia seeds and continue cooking for another 10/15 mins. Do add a splash of water if your fruit mix is getting too thick. Taste and adjust for sweetness if you need to.
- Let it cool completely, transfer to an airtight jar and refrigerate. This should last for about a week.
- Enjoy this awesomeness with crackers, on toasts, pancakes, waffles and in your shakes!
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