Would you believe I have never attempted to make my own jam before? This is coming from someone who lovingly makes the cranberry sauce from scratch each year at Thanksgiving and then proceeds to openly enjoy it straight out of the serving dish with a spoon. And yes this does take place in front of the guests. Oh well.
Anywho, as someone who loves sticky, fruity goodness I was shocked when I realized I had never made my own jam. I sought to rectify this travesty right away and rectify it I did. This Raspberry Orange Vanilla Chia Seed Jam may have the longest and most pretentious name of all time but believe me every word represents a beautiful and necessary flavor. Either that or my long suppressed jam-making abilities were a little over-zealous after being hidden in the closet for so long.
Regardless of whether or not the name of this recipe is overkill, I assure you the flavor combinations are not. The raspberry and orange create a brightness that you are sure to appreciate on your toast first thing in the morning and the vanilla provides a richness that will keep you coming back for more. While the chia seeds don’t add much flavor themselves, they contribute a heartiness and several health benefits not found in typical store-bought jams.
So do yourself and your body a favor and start making your own jam (this one in particular if you don’t mind). This will help you avoid unnecessary processed sugars and preservatives and make you feel good about enjoying a sweet treat. Eat on toast, in oatmeal, or even use this jam as a dessert topping! I love to drizzle it over ice cream or even a piece of chocolate cake.Print
Raspberry Orange Vanilla Chia Seed Jam
Stove-top jam made with frozen raspberries, chia seeds and plenty of orange and vanilla flavor.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- Category: breakfast, how to
- Cuisine: vegan, gluten-free
1 12oz bag frozen raspberries
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice of 1/2 of an orange
1. Place frozen raspberries, agave nectar, and orange zest in a small saucepan on the stove and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes stirring frequently. Break up any large raspberries with a spoon.
2. Once raspberries are no longer frozen, stir in the chia seeds and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer stirring frequently until the jam reaches desired consistency, about 15 minutes.
3. Remove jam from heat and stir in vanilla extract and orange juice. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a jar. Place jam in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours before using. Fresh jam can keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or be frozen for up to a month.
- Serving Size: 2 tbsp
- Calories: 41
- Sugar: 3.9g
- Sodium: 0.9mg
- Fat: 0.9g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Fiber: 3.1g
- Protein: 0.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: vegan, gluten-free, breakfast, jam
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