Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
With a megadose of omega fatty acids, chia seed jam is naturally mood-boosting! There are so many uses for this kitchen staple that takes only minutes to make. It can be layered in parfaits, blended into smoothie bowls, stirred into overnight oats, paired with almond butter for an updated PB & J, or mixed into quinoa porridge. Sub out the raspberries with any kind of berries!
2 cups raspberries (can use fresh or thawed frozen)
¼ cup water (use only for fresh berries)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (honey works well too)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
pinch of sea salt
Optional flavorings: lemon zest, orange zest, vanilla, spices
In a medium size bowl, mash the thawed frozen or fresh berries with a fork. (Add the water if using fresh berries.) Place the mashed berries, and maple syrup in a small pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the pot from the heat and add in a pinch of salt and the optional flavorings if using. Mix well. Add in the chia seeds and stir. Once cooled, place the thickened jam in a mason jar or airtight container and chill for at least an hour before serving. Store the remaining jam in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.