Easy chia jam

From Liv Life

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Chia seeds hold a special place in my heart. They are just so easy to add to so many delicious things – smoothies and puddings, and now jam. This jam is perfect for highlighting the mouthwatering taste of freshly picked fruit. Maple syrup adds a slight sweetness and depth, without being overwhelming. Chia seeds are the perfect thickener and provide a bit of texture. I decided to quickly put together these butter cookies from Chew Out Loud and really wanted a fruit jam to fill them. I’ve made this jam before using just blueberries; this time I used a frozen berry blend fresh from Michigan. In thirty minutes, I had healthy, flavorful jam to add to the cookies- and plenty of yummy leftovers! I love adding this three ingredient jam to oatmeal or yogurt, and of course it’s fabulous on toast or english muffin bread.  I just adore how the natural flavors of the fruit shine. Simple. Exquisite. Speedy. Perfect.

Ingredients

4 cups fresh or frozen berries (or fruit of your choice, such as peaches)

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

1/4 cup chia seeds

Directions

Place berries, maple syrup, and chia seeds into a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.  Stir occasionally until the berries soften and begin to pop, then reduce heat slightly.  Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes thick – 15-20 minutes, up to 25 minutes, but keep a close eye on it at that point (you don’t want it to burn).

Remove from heat and spoon into jars.  Allow to cool, then cover and place in the fridge to chill.  Jam will remain fresh a week or two.