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This 10 minute chia jam is a unique recipe that highlights the delicious flavor of Welch’s Frozen Fruits. It’s perfect for sandwiches, salad dressings, and snacks.
Frozen fruit is a staple in my kitchen. It often tastes better than the fresh fruit I get at the grocery store. Since frozen fruit is packaged right after it’s harvested, the ripe flavor is locked in and preserved until we’re ready to use it. It’s so convenient to have frozen fruit on hand because I don’t have to worry about it spoiling in the produce drawer.
Welch’s Frozen Fruits are so delicious. They come in many varieties, and their 48-ounce fruit blends have unique flavor combinations that go with lots of different recipes. A few of the large packages include Antioxidant Blend, Tropical Blend, and Blueberry Fusion. Each one features several different flavors, and they’re so tasty that you’ll want to eat them straight out of the bag.
Antioxidants are important this time of year, and I love the flavors in Welch’s Antioxidant Blend. It includes strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and sweet and sour cherries. There’s just enough tart flavor to offset the sweetness. We picked up a bag at our local Shaw’s Supermarket for this chia jam recipe.
My daughter and I have fun coming up with new recipes together, and this chia jam was her idea. She learned about this type of jam at a healthy eating Girl Scout meeting last year. We’ve been meaning to make a batch, and we knew the flavors of the Antioxidant Blend would work well together.
Frozen fruit is uniquely suited for making a batch of quick, easy jam. Unlike fresh fruit, you don’t need to wash or trim the fruit. Simply open the package, add it to the pot, and cook it briefly on the stovetop. The jam thickens almost immediately once the chia seeds are added, so it’s much easier to make than traditional jam.
This jam can be used in the traditional ways, such as on a PB&J or stirred into plain yogurt. I also like to serve it on crackers with cheese for an afternoon snack. Additionally, it works well as a topping for fish, and it can be mixed with olive oil and vinegar for a fruity vinaigrette.
10 Minute Chia Jam
- 3 cups Welch’s Antioxidant Blend
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1 tbs pure maple syrup
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- Place the frozen fruit in a medium saucepan. Heat it over medium heat for 3 minutes, covered. Then remove the cover and continue to cook over medium heat for another 2 to 3 minutes (or until all the fruit is defrosted), stirring occasionally. Remove the fruit from the stove and let it cool for a minute.
- Coursely mash the fruit with a fork or a masher, then add the lemon juice, maple syrup, and chia seeds to the fruit mixture. Stir to combine evenly. Divide the mixture between 2 one-cup jam jars and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Alternately, you can freeze the extra jam for longer storage.
Chia Jam Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $4.17 to make, or $2.09 per jar. Try this chia jam the next time you’re looking for an easy, healthier fruit spread.