When it comes to toppings, we all know jams and pre-sweetened foods like yogurt and oatmeal can often be full of large amounts of added sugar. This easy berry chia jam is quick to prepare and adds a touch of sweetness to yogurt, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, chia pudding, peanut butter toast or anything else you wish! It can even serve as a substitute for cranberry sauce at your next holiday meal!
With berries and chia, you are getting a boost of heart-healthy fiber. Berries, especially raspberries, are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants that help to lower inflammation, boost your immune system and even have cancer fighting properties.
You may adjust the tartness according to your taste buds! If you wish to limit the sugar, you may leave out the date syrup- 1 tsp of the date syrup has only 6 g of sugar that is distributed in the whole batch FYI! You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate to use within 3-4 days.
8 oz frozen berry blend
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 to 1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp date syrup (optional)
1. Add berries, water and chia to a sauce pan.
2. Heat on low medium heat & bring to a boil.
3. Cover and cook on simmer until berries start breaking down.
4. Add the date syrup if you prefer sweeter, tastes great without too!
5. Using a spoon, gently break up any remaining berries.
6. Add the lemon juice.
7. Let it cool, put in a jar & refrigerate.
Enjoy in health,
Richa Mittal MD