When I’m in a rush I often opt for some quick toast in the morning and if I don’t have time for something fancy such as avocado and vegetables I’ll reach for peanut butter and jam to do the job fast.
Certain store bought jams have chemicals such a persevatives and they also often have high levels of sugar. Almost all jams have ‘fruit pectin’, which is high in sugar and can sometimes result in your jam having more sugar then fruit! The good news is that pectin naturally occurs in fruits and choosing the right ones with higher levels of pectin (Such as berries) will provide you with the right amount of fibre and nutrients but not the extra sugar. Other fruits that contain higher pectin levels are: apples, grapes and plums.
This recipe is sweet and quick, its also delicious not only on toast but in yogurt and smoothie bowls as well.
2 Cups of berries (Leave out blueberries if you want a smoother jam)
2 tsp Lemon juice
1-2 tbsp Maple syrup
4 tbsp water
3 tbsp Chia seeds
- Add all of the ingredients into a small pot and mash until you achieve desired texture. If you like ultra smooth jam, I would blend everything before adding to your pot. (I prefer my jam to be thicker and chunkier)
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5-8 minutes, until slightly darker and thicker, stirring often to prevent burning.
- Set in fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes before using. (It only takes 10 minutes to make but does require a bit of time to thicken!)
*Jam should last 1-2 weeks but with its versatility and flavour I’m sure you’ll go through it onto another batch quick!
Spread and enjoy!