Delicious and nutritions is the name of the game for this homemade cranberry chia jam! Unlike other jarred jams that have preservatives and added sugars, this jam uses real fruit and other whole food ingredients. Combining the mashed cranberries with the chia seeds creates a jam that not only looks jammy, but also tastes wonderfully sweet and tangy. It is the perfect flavor of jam for the holidays, and a much healthier alternative to jams and preserves.
Cranberries are naturally rich in antioxidants, surpassing the antioxidant activity of other berries. These antioxidants help protect your cells from free radical damage, which reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, cranberries exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that work to alleviate inflammation in the body. Cranberries aren’t the only superfood ingredient in this jam, though. Without chia seeds, this jam wouldn’t be as jammy, nor would it have the same amount of nutrients.
Chia seeds contribute to the overall nutritional profile of this cranberry jam. These small seeds are exceptionally rich in fiber, whcih works to aid digestion, regulate bowel movements, and maintain a healthy weight. Chia seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart function, brain health, and inflammation regulation. All of this is to say that this cranberry jam is as delicious as it is nutritious. It makes for a great addition to your holiday tables.
- Prep Time:5m
- Cook Time:10m
- Total Time:15m
- 2 c fresh cranberries
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/4 c water
- 1/4 c grade maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Add all of the ingredients (except the chia seeds) to a saucepan over medium heat and cook until the cranberries begin to burst. This should take about six to eight minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally.
- Once the cranberries start to burst, use the back of a spoon or potato masher to break the rest of them up, and then remove from heat.
- If you prefer your jam to be smooth, you can transfer the cooled mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth. If you like it chunky, then skip that step.
- Transfer the mixture to a large mason jar and stir in the chia seeds. Cover the jar and place in the fridge to set overnight. Enjoy in the morning!