Our family travels a lot – no, I mean A LOT. So, over the past many years I have been looking for ways to eat very healthy, and greatly reduce my family’s amount of sugar intake at home. I need to be conscious that what I’m giving them to put into their mouths at home balances out the sticky situations we find ourselves in at Wendy’s, Timmy’s and Mickey Dee’s – fast food trips that are bound to happen while traveling. Sugar free chia seed jam is one very easy way that I have cut some refined sugar. It takes me all but 3 or 4 mins to make. It may take some adjusting for you and the kids, but honestly, now when the boys want a PB&J, it isn’t jarring to them at all. They don’t say boo about eating this jam. And, I personally love it piled high on some Ezekiel toast in the mornings while I’m unloading the dishwasher and packing my boy’s lunch. Feel free to use your favorite berry – they all work very well! This jam is also great to mix into plain greek yogurt for a yummy treat. I think I’ll head over to the fridge and get me some of that sweet goodness right now! I hope these jam puns don’t smear my reputation! I should probably just “put a lid on it”… 😉
2 C frozen berries
1-2 Tbsp honey or agave (to taste)
1-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (to taste)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
Place all ingredients in a pot on med-low heat. As fruit begins to cook, mash together and incorporate all ingredients well until fully mashed and fully cooked together. Let cool. Taste your jam to make sure it has reached your desired sweetness/tartness and adjust accordingly. Store in an airtight container in fridge up to 2 weeks (off the books, I’ve had it in the fridge even longer and it’s still good. I always use it up before it has a chance to go bad). It’s that simple!
*Food Pictures by: Rebecca O’hara Photography