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Berry & Citrus Chia Seed Jam

The easiest jam you'll ever make.

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by Angela Gallardo in Holiday, Recipes, Sides & Snacks

Ahhhh, Thanksgiving is almost here!  Every year I wonder if I love Thanksgiving more than Christmas…doesn’t that seem like a crime?  I’m not sure, still.  I’m drawn to Thanksgiving for the family time, the reflection over the many things I have to be grateful for, and the lack of wrapping paper and greed.

As much as I love to give gifts, there’s so much that can get in the way of pure, selfless giving.  Budgets combined with finding (aka scouring the earth) for prudently-priced gifts can take the fun out of it.  The OCD-efficiency-perfectionist-obsessed side of me cringes as think of searching for the perfect gift.

Thanksgiving has none of that.  And it’s all about the memories we make with the ones we love.  The experiences we share.  If we could only transfer that a bit into Christmastime.

What’s your opinion:  Thanksgiving or Christmas?

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Berry & Citrus Chia Seed Jam

3 c. berries of choice (fresh or frozen is ok)

1 lemon, juice & zest

1 orange, juice & zest

3 tbsp. raw honey (optional)

Larch pinch sea salt

2 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tsp. vanilla extract


Combine berries, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest, honey, and sea salt in a medium saucepan.  Stir well.  Heat the mixture over medium heat and cook covered for 10-15 minutes, or until the berries begin to burst.

Remove from the heat and stir in the chia seeds and vanilla extract.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes for the chia seeds to plump up, stirring occasionally.  Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Note: for a smoother jelly, puree the berry mix and run it through a fine sieve BEFORE adding the chia seeds and vanilla.

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