Christmas is difficult enough as it is, so when it comes to gifts I lose my mind. Every year my sister and I do a big list of ideas for presents for family members. We have about 15 people we brainstorm for, then I draw a mud map of the shops we go to, with the quickest route to get in and out. By the end of it my sister and I are exhausted and usually a little cranky. This year seems harder than usual, especially for our grandparents… so while brainstorming one night I thought why not get creative? I went to my local $2 shop first thing in the morning and picked up some great jars, ribbons and scrapbooking paper. The mini jars I found work great for condiments, so today’s recipes is for a beautiful Raspberry Jam. Traditional Jam recipes usually call for one part fruit to one part sugar. This version is very basic: just fruit, a little vanilla, lemon and honey/stevia. The chia seed helps thicken the jam up instead of using a gelatine. This jam will last up to one week in the fridge.

What you need…

  • 300 g (10  1/2 oz)  frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey or a little stevia to sweeten
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • 1 ½  tablespoons ground or whole chia seed

What to do…

  • Mix raspberries, honey, lemon juice and vanilla and simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes until the mixture looks syrupy.
  • Add the chia seeds and mix through.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes before placing into the fridge.
  • Rest for 1 hour until the jam forms a lovely jell like consistency.
  • Spoon into a clean glass jar and use as required. Serves 12

Nutrition per serve: Protein: 0.4 g | Total fat: 0.4 g | Saturated: 0 g | Carbs: 4.7 g | Calories: 25 | Kilojoules: 104 | Fiber: 0.9 g

Eat Healthy, Live Happy, Get Fit

xo j xo