(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
A low sugar jam ready from start to finish in only 30 minutes!
First of all, I’m sorry for my lack of posts recently, I have been super busy and had so much going on! I just came back from a beautiful week of holiday in Spain and I’m in the middle of planning my daughter’s birthday party. I know it’s next month, but since we will be doing it at home, I have a lot of party games and party food to plan! Good thing is, it will be a Beauty and the Beast themed party, so I’m probably more excited than her (I am the number one Disney fan, for those of you who don’t know me) and I do not mind party planning when Disney characters are involved! 🙂
The other day, while I was out party shopping, I stopped at the market and came home with a huge bag of plums. I swear, it must have been a 2-3 kg bag! They were very cheap, but very ripe and had to use them quickly, as that was a massively amount of plums to eat in less than a week. So, I thought about making a cake with them, but I kind of felt like having something healthier and that made me feel less guilty, so I thought handmade jam was a brilliant idea to use up a good part of those plums.
Most regular handmade jams however, require very long cooking times and great amounts of sugar are usually involved, that is so that the fruit can acquire that jelly like consistency. But not this one, no, no, no. Chia seeds to the rescue! For those of you who are not familiar with chia seeds, please hear me out. They are a great source of fiber and when mixed in water they expand 10 times their original size. Also, they are a great binder and create that jelly consistency typical of jams. All it takes is a bit of mixing and waiting for the seeds to do their job.
Technically, when using chia seeds to make jam, you could just blend whichever fruit you are using, add the seeds and put in the fridge to set, without any cooking involved. However, to have a more set, sweeter and less runny jam, I recommend cooking the fruit for 10 minutes, before blending it. Especially with fruit like plums, which can be quite sour, I’ve found cooking it makes it slightly sweeter and it gives it a thicker consistency.
Also, the amount of sweetener you can use, is really up to you. I find that 2 Tablespoons of honey are enough to give it a sweeter taste. Remember, this is a healthy jam and it won’t be as sweet as traditional jams, since sugar is not required in the cooking process. Feel free to use whichever sweetener you want, for example, stevia can be a good way to cut down on calories and sugars.
In this version, I have added cinnamon and nutmeg, to spice it up. You can omit them, if you are not a big fun of spices and you could try using vanilla bean seeds instead or just leave it plain.
Anyways, this is such an easy and satisfying recipe and I hope you will give it a try! Spread it on some toast for a tasty breakfast or mix it in with some plain yogurt for a guilt free snack or enjoy it straight from the jar (my favourite way to eat it)!
Ingredients (Make a 1lb jar)
- 500g chopped and pitted plums
- 2 Tbsp honey (or any other sweetener you want), use more if required
- 1Tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
- In a large saucepan, add the chopped fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, the lemon juice and the honey and cook for 10 minutes, until the juices of the fruit have been released and the plums have softened.
- Remove from the heat and blend for a few seconds using a hand blender or a food processor or a regular blender. If you like your jam quite chunky, you could blend only half of the fruit and mash the remaining half by hand.
- Add the chia seeds and stir well.
- Transfer the jam in a clean jar and let it cool down at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
- Stir again to make sure the chia seeds don’t get clumped together.
- Now you can either eat it warm or let it cool down completely and then transfer to the fridge. If you want you can freeze it and then defrost it in the fridge whenever you are ready to eat it.
- Note: the jam will set even more once it’s been left in the fridge for a good few hours.
What is your favourite fruit you would make jam with? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share your creations on my other social media platforms!