Many people are jumping onto the chia seed bandwagon these days, for good reason. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant-based protein.
Chia is a unique seed. It can be absorbed by the body in its whole form (unlike flax seed which needs to be ground). When chia seeds are mixed with liquids, a gel will begin to form over time. It’s this gel-forming quality that makes chia seeds the perfect ingredient for a quick cooking fruit jam.
This fig chia jam tastes just like the inside of a fig newton. It’s quick and easy to make, with only 4 ingredients: figs, honey, grape juice, and chia seeds.
You could use this fig chia jam just like you would use any other jam or jelly. I put it on toast, in a PB & J sandwich, and stirred into my Greek yogurt. Delicious!
Fig Chia Jam Recipe
- 4 oz. dried figs (about 12)
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 cup grape juice
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. water
- Cut the stems from the figs if they are present. Quarter the figs.
- Add the figs, honey, and grape juice to a small sauce pot. Set the pot over medium heat until the juice comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the chia seeds and water. Cook 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer to a food processor and pulse 8-10 times, until the figs are broken down. Let the jam cool for 30 minutes.
- Transfer into a sealable container. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Keep in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
|Serving Size||1 tablespoon|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 32 Calories from fat|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 0.4||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|