Raspberry Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Jam Recipe

Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam | Breakfast Criminals

Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam | Breakfast Criminals

I’m a big fan of shopping local, supporting farmers, and fair trade. So when I discovered Frontier Coop, a company that sells the highest quality of organic herbs and superfoods, while supporting farmers and staying true to principles of sustainability, I was a happy camper! Can you imagine my excitement when they invited me to create a few recipes for them?

Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam | Breakfast Criminals

Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam | Breakfast Criminals

This Raspberry Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Jam Recipe was probably the my favorite one to create. Very easy to make, it’s a superfood-packed, healthy, yummy alternative that will beat any store-bought jam. Spread it on toast, or use as a layer in your morning parfait with yogurt and granola. Using vanilla bean in its most wholesome form instead of vanilla extract makes a big difference and you can get it on Amazon, but if you don’t have access to it, vanilla extract will do the job.

 Make sure you also check out my easy Chia Breakfast Bowl recipe, developed with love for Frontier Coop.

Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam | Breakfast Criminals

Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam | Breakfast Criminals

RASPBERRY VANILLA BEAN CHIA SEED JAM

When liquid is added to chia seeds, they swell up and create a gel — making them a perfect “superfood” substitute for pectin in chia seed jam. Used in this recipe with sweet raspberries and rich vanilla bean, chia also adds to the substantial texture desired in fruit jam.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup water (if using fresh berries)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds (buying chia in bulk will save you $)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1  vanilla bean, seeds scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  A squeeze of lemon juice
Directions:
1. If using frozen raspberries, thaw them for 2 hours in a glass jar on the counter or overnight in the fridge.
2. Mash the raspberries with a fork. If using fresh berries, add ¼ cup water.

3. Heat the raspberries in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring continuously.4. Remove from heat and stir in chia seed, honey and vanilla beans. Let cool.

5. Transfer to a glass jar or other airtight container and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours to set.
Keep refrigerated.

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