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Blueberry Mint Chia Jam (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

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Blueberry-Mint-Chia-Jam-featuredThis is a wonderful template for creating, quick, easy, healthy and wonderfully delicious jams!  Use any fruit that is in season or you can use organic frozen fruits that are available all year round.

The star ingredient…

is the chia seeds.  If you are new to using them, they absorb any fluid that you put them into, increasing the volume up to nine times!  The seeds create a mucilage which works amazingly as a binder and thickener.  In the recipe when you combine the natural pectin found in the blueberries and the chia seeds… you have a magical marriage made in superfood heaven.

Did you know that chia seeds are related to the mint family?  So naturally, I thought the two would play well together.   Menthol, is the active ingredient in mint that gives it its characteristic flavor, and is considered an aid in digestion and a stomach-calmer.  The crisp, clean scent also has applications in aromatherapy.  So while you are mincing the mint for this recipe, take a leaf and pinch it, the inhale deeply.  Might as well take advantage of it all. :)

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds.  They also have another advantage over flax seeds… chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.  And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams contain 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

If the small chia seeds bother you, you can grind them in a spice grinder then use as instructed.  This jam is perfect for slathering on a piece of raw bread, eaten straight off the spoon or put a tablespoon or more in your next smoothie!  If you are vegan you can replace the raw honey with a sweetener of your choice. Enjoy.

Blueberry-Mint-Chia-Jam-close-up-on-breadIngredients:

Yields 1  cup

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl combine the water and chia seeds.  Stir and set aside to thicken.
  2. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, add the blueberries, honey, salt and leaves.
  3. Add the chia seeds once all of the water is absorbed.  This doesn’t take long.
    • If it still feels to liquidity, add another teaspoon of chia seeds, let it rest for 15 minutes and check again. Sometime blueberries can be more juicy than other times.
  4. Process everything together for about 30 seconds. Best to let the jam sit overnight to let the mint meld into the other flavors, but not required.
  5. Store in a mason jar in the fridge for 1 week.

 

4 thoughts on “Blueberry Mint Chia Jam (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

  1. Anita says:

    Thank you for your excellent website, I love it !!!

    Just wanted to let you know:In the text below the link ‘raw bread’ does not work!

    If the small chia seeds bother you, you can grind them in a spice grinder then use as instructed. This jam is perfect for slathering on a piece of raw bread, eaten straight off the spoon or put a tablespoon or more in your next smoothie! If you are vegan you can replace the raw honey with a sweetener of your choice. Enjoy.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Anita, I appreciate you sharing all of this. I will fix the link. Thanks for letting me know. Sometimes links get broken without me knowing it. :) Have a great weekend, amie sue

  2. Maggie says:

    I am looking around for recipe making raw jam and finally found yours. It’s really great! I will try this weekend. Also love your raw bread recipes and they are amazing! I thought I could no longer eat bread anymore when I decided to go raw! You really save me!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Maggie,

      I am so glad that you stumbled upon my site. I just love all the bread recipes here. I hope that you try them and please do keep in touch. Have a glorious weekend! amie sue

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