Balsamic, Berry and Chia Jam

Balsamic, Berry and Chia Jam

Balsamic, Berry and Chia Jam

Indulge your taste buds with the delightful combination of tangy balsamic vinegar, sweet berries and luscious plums. This scrumptious spread that will elevate your breakfasts, snacks, and desserts to a whole new level.
Bursting with vibrant flavours and a hint of sweetness, this jam is a perfect balance of tartness and richness. Not only does this jam derive its sumptuous thickness from the addition of chia seeds, but it also provides a substantial dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
This beautiful jam can be can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately two - three weeks, ensuring a lasting supply of deliciousness.

Serves:

1
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Sides & Dips, Snack
Diet Child Friendly, Dairy Free, Diabetic Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Sugar free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 1 Kilner Jar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 450 g mixed berries strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry
  • 3 plums apricots or nectarines or other soft fruits
  • 1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup or 10 drops of stevia could need more depending on sweetness of fruit
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch salt

Method

  • If using large berries, like strawberries, coarsely chop them, place in small saucepan. Cut up plums to smallish dice, add to saucepan alongside blueberries or other berries of choice. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries are softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently mash berries using a potato masher or fork, leaving a few chunks if you like. Stir in balsamic vinegar, stevia, chia seeds and salt and bring back to a simmer. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Transfer to sterilize kiln jar or jam jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

Maggie's Tips

  • Depending on the berries you use you may need to up your quantity of chia seed for preferred thickness of the jam.
  • You can also add extra chia seeds at the end if your jam seems too thin, but keep in mind that it will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Depending on the sweetness of the fruit you may need to add a little extra maple syrup or stevia if using or you may need to add less.
  • Diabetic friendly use a few drops of stevia instead of maple syrup
  • You can use frozen berries in this recipe but try and source organic. Use the above tips to adapt consistency and flavour.
  • Additionally, it can be used to create delightful chia jam overnight oats, added to porridge, swirl it into your morning yogurt or blended into refreshing smoothies.
  • It can also be served with savoury dishes: Cheeses boards, meat platters, tarts, frittatas and so on.

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