Bright red raspberries just beg to be preserved and turned into jam. But why mess with the natural sweetness, bright color, and delicious flavor of raw raspberries? That’s where raw chia jam comes into play… With just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of hands-on time, you’ll have a sweet little jar of jam to top waffles, slather on bread, or even make thumbprint cookies with.
If you haven’t worked with chia seeds before, these tiny silky seeds are sure to be one of your new favorite additions to the kitchen. They thicken without cooking by absorbing the liquid in the juice from the fruit, and are a nice crunchy addition to salads.
The Chia and Omega 3 Myth
Chia seeds are often championed to be high in omega 3 fatty acids, but in fact they are high in ALA, which can be converted by omega 3s in the body but the body typically doesn’t do that efficiently (source).
In addition, most of ALA from this plant-based omega 3 fatty acid is converted into EPA, where both EPA and DHA are both essential fatty acids required by the body for brain health, cell membranes, and development in children, and more (source).
Better options for Omega 3 fatty acids are seafood and oily fish.
Other health benefits of chia seeds
Even if they don’t pack an omega 3 punch, this doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with chia seeds. In fact, they are high in protein (source), calcium (source), insoluble fiber (source), and have been shown to lower blood pressure, markers for inflammation, and blood glucose level in diabetic patients (source) when compared to wheat germ.
So enjoy chia seeds for the delightful crunch that they add to salads, thickening benefits that they provide for puddings and jams, but don’t rely on them for all your Omega 3 fatty acid needs.
On to the recipe!
Quick No-Cook Raspberry Chia Jam (GAPS, Paleo)
- 1 pound raspberries
- 1/4 cup honey or stevia or other sweetener of choice to make it low carb if desired
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds find here
- 1/2 lemon juiced
In a blender or with an immersion blender, puree berries.
Add in honey or stevia, chia seeds, and lemon juice and mix.
Place in a pint mason jar, and allow to sit in the fridge for 4 hours, or longer, as the chia seeds absorb the liquid.
Use as regular jam, keeping in the fridge up to 10 days.
Use in paleo thumbprint cookies for extra fun. You can find the recipe here.
Keto: Omit the honey and replace with a 0-carb sweetener like monkfruit or stevia (1/4 teaspoon). This lowers the carb count to 1 net carb (2 g carbs, 1 g fiber) and calories to 11 per tablespoon.
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I love the look of this jam but I’ve got a few questions…
Can I make this with thawed, frozen berries? Also, can I use any berry (strawberry, blueberry…) Would you know if chia seeds are ok for GAPS intro?
Yes, you can use any berries :) I wouldn’t use berries or chia on GAPS Intro.
Can the jam be frozen for future use?
I think that would work, I haven’t tried it though. If you do can you let us know how it works? Since the raspberries are raw I wouldn’t freeze for more than a month or 6 weeks weeks.