This low-sugar homemade jam comes together with just five ingredients and five minutes.

By Christy Brissette, RD
Updated: December 13, 2017
Photo: Christy Brissette, M.S., R.D.

You may have never thought a breakfast spread could dethrone your OG grape jelly, but make room in your fridge for this homemade blueberry jam-because you're about to wonder what you ever saw in that store-bought jarred stuff.

The recipe takes a mere five minutes to make thanks to the binding properties of chia seeds, and the only added sweetness is from either honey or maple syrup. Bonus: Wrap a pretty ribbon around it, and it instantly becomes a thoughtful hostess gift. Here's more on the two ingredients that really make this blueberry spread so deliciously healthy.

Power-Packed Blueberries

Blueberries are a superstar fruit of the nutrition world thanks to their antioxidant count. They're packed with vitamin C for a healthy immune system and they're a powerful source of antioxidants called flavonoids. Antioxidant-rich foods have been shown to improve memory and the ability to learn.

A cup of nutrient-rich blueberries has only 80 calories and will provide all the fiber you need for the day. Fiber is a great tool to use if you're watching your weight or trying not to overeat, as it helps keep you full longer and maintains a healthy digestive system.

As if that weren't enough to warrant buying the extra-large tub of blueberries next time, they are also an excellent source of manganese, a nutrient that helps turn the carbohydrates, fat, and protein you eat into energy. Get more blueberries into your food with these five easy breakfast ideas that are healthier than a blueberry muffin.

Small-But-Mighty Chia Seeds

Low in carbohydrates but loaded with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fats, chia seeds are a great addition to your kitchen. Healthy omega-3 fatty acids are said to help reduce inflammation in the body, which, along with magnesium, may help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and therefore the risk of heart disease. (Watch out for these foods that cause inflammation in the body.)

When mixed with water, chia seeds soak it up like a sponge and take on a gel-like consistency. That means you can make a chia seed egg to use as a plant-based replacement in recipes where eggs act as the binder.

How to Use Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

While it's obviously an easy win to smear it on whole-grain toast, this bright blue jam is a fantastic addition to yogurt parfaits and even on grilled cheese-the savory-sweet combination is a game-changer. I love serving this with cheese and charcuterie platters because it helps balance out the saltiness. You 100 percent have to try using it as a glaze for ham or as a compote on pork tenderloin, chicken, or fish-so good. Plus, add some olive oil and lemon juice to the jar, and you'll have either a marinade for meat, poultry, and tofu or a salad dressing ready to go. There's only one catch: Since there are no sketchy preservatives in the jam, it'll only last about a week in your fridge. But, LBH, you'll probably have no problem polishing the jar off by then.

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. If using frozen blueberries, defrost on stove or in microwave.
  2. Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Pour into glass jar with lid, and refrigerate jam for 15 minutes to let it set.
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