Raspberry and Chia "Jam"

Jam: a sweet food made by cooking fruit with sugar to preserve it. 

By definition, jam is a food traditionally high in processed sugars. A favourite of many kids, this recipe makes a great alternative to the traditional style. 

Thanks to my nieces (aged 5 and 7) for their inspiration for this recipe. They love to call and tell me about their healthy endeavours within the kitchen

Ingredients

2 cups berries -      we used frozen raspberries but you can use any type of berry, fresh or frozen depending on your taste and availability) 

4 tablespoons of Chia seeds

4 tablespoons of water

Method

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor (a tall bowl with a stick-mixer can be used if you don't have a food processor)

2. Combine until a smooth texture (N.B. the Chia seeds will stay "rough" and this is ok)

3. Place mixture into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbles start to form. 

4. Lower heat and whisk continuously until mixture thickens (this takes about 3- 5 minutes)

5. Allow to cool and place into a glass jar or airtight container. 

Keeps for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator (unless you've eaten it all!!!)