Fashionable and Healthy: Chia Jam

Chia has been on the block for over 10 years now, with everyone knowing off the top of their head the benefits of this magical seed. The chia superfood is quick to digest, hold a lot of energy/boosting power. Originally from Mexico, the meaning of the name was "strength" in Mayan language and was even used as currency. This post is not about the benefits though, it is about a new way of using the chia ingredient in a useful and a delicious way-in a chia jam! 

For those of you who are sweet-tooths such as myself, it is highly important to learn how to make your own chia jam. Firstly because this kind of jam doesn't use refined sugar, uses the chia seeds which means all of it's benefits, and uses honey instead of the usual sugar. 

5-minute Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Ingredients: 

2 cups raspberry (if using frozen, defrost first)

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons warm water

2-4 tablespoons honey (preferably raw)*

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Method: 

Add all ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons of the honey) to a blender or food processor, and pulse until the it is the texture you prefer.  I didn’t want mine chunky, but you may leave it that way if that’s how you like it.  Taste and add more honey if you would like a sweeter jam.  (I like it with 2 tablespoons, but with the raspberries being a tart fruit, it isn’t as sweet as regular jam, so add more if you want it like more traditional jam.) Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid (I used a mason jar) and allow to set in the fridge, about an hour.  Enjoy!

*Substitute another liquid sweetener, such as agave nectar, to make this vegan

Recipe: Happy Healthy Mama 
Images: Vogue Russia