An easy no sugar added 2 Ingredient Winter Berry Chia Jam to help you feel like summertime when mother nature thinks otherwise.
There is something about jam that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic. Jam used to be a daily staple in my household growing up. A lot of the time my mom would make my sister and I toast with butter and jam and pair it with some fruit for breakfast. Truth is my mom would make us breakfast before school or summer camp just about every morning. And she did this all the way until we finished high school. And probably after when we were home for the summer. Talk about #spoiled. She even brought it upstairs for us to eat while we were getting ready. You don’t realize these things when you are younger and being a teenage brat, but your mom was probably a rockstar.
Side note, butter and jam on toast is an amazing combo. I don’t eat butter that often, but the combination of sweet and savory paired with the crunchy toast. Yum. I eat bread on occasion and opt for sprouted grain bread now. Ezekiel is my favorite brand.
Even though I love jam, it is hard to find a clean one in the grocery store. Most of them have added sugars or preservations. Fruit is already sweet enough, there is no need to be adding more sugar people. Also, if you can’t pronounce some of the ingredients, you probably shouldn’t eat it. And it is so easy to make yourself, which is a lot more cost effective. This berry chia jam only has 2 ingredients! I added chia seeds to help thicken it up and for some extra nutrients. Chia seeds are very high in antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
The only problem is that it is winter and the berry section is not the greatest. That is where frozen berries come in. Buying frozen fruits in the winter is super cost effective. Especially when the strawberries are more white than red and being shipped halfway across the world. A lot of companies are picking their berries at the peak of ripeness and freezing them right then. This helps seal in all the nutrients. Better yet is you can get organic frozen berries for cheaper than fresh ones.
I have been adding this jam to all kinds of breakfasts lately. Stay tuned for a few recipes using this berry chia jam in the coming weeks!
2 Ingredient Winter Berry Chia Jam
- 3 cups frozen berries - I used a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Add berries to a medium sized pot over medium-low heat and cook 10-15 minutes until broken down. If you are using blueberries, break them up with a with a spoon or potato smasher if you want a smoother consistency.
- Turn off heat and add chia seeds. Stir to combine and let sit to thicken for 30 minutes.
What do you do to beat the winter blues? I vote we all go on vacation!