Chia-Maple-Berry Jam

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Chia-Maple-Berry Jam
 From the kitchen of Maple Trout Lilli

“CHIA” means strength in the Aztec and Mayan cultures, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white chia seeds an an energy-booster.  Makes sense because they contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. ”Syrup” in Vermont culture means a sweet delicious concoction made from sap of the noble maple tree.  Combine syrup and chia and you’re sure to have the strength to get up in the morning and do what needs to be done!  Sugaring is not for the weak, so we’ve pared the benefits of chia seeds with not only fruits, but also the fruits of labor from sugaring to make a delicious spring jam that is sure to please.  It’s simple, delicious and oh-so-good.

Chia-Maple-Berry Jam

3 cups fresh or frozen berries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, combine berries and syrup.  Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.  Reduce to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes.  Lightly mash berries w/a fork, leaving some whole for texture.

Stir in chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook until mixture thickens, about 15minutes.

Once the jam is thick, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Enjoy on toast, muffins, oatmeal, smoothies, crepe filling, by-the-spoonful and more….

*available in your health food market and larger grocers