A great way to curb cravings, this simple jam contains much less sugar than the store-bought stuff. It takes about 3 minutes to prepare, and with the help of the almighty chia seed, it will fill you up quicker. Dollop on your morning oats, swirl into yoghurt, use as a fruit dip, or spread on some delicious rye bread. With the addition of liquid, chia seeds swell to 17 times their original size and slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Clever little things.
- Add fruit to a bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add water, sweetener of choice and chia seeds, then mix again.
- Allow to thicken for a minimum of two hours.
- Stir again, then store in a glass jar in the fridge for 1 week.
If you prefer smooth jam, throw all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth, then follow step 3.
Use any berries you like for your favourite spread – raspberry jam is my favourite!