Everybody loves jam. Here is an incredibly simple way of making delicious raw jam, in next to no time, using super food ingredients. The best thing about this method is that it is extremely adaptable: variations are only limited by your imagination! I have chosen two of my favourite super-jams to share with you here over the next 2 days. The first one is Acai-Blackberry Jam.
The basis for the jam is Chia gel. If you are at all familiar with chia gel you are half way there. The trick is to make chia gel by combining the chia seeds with the fruit juice and then mix or blend in your superfoods. It's as simple as that. Chia has many amazing benefits: it is possibly the richest plant source of Omega 3, and is also packed full of protein, antioxidants and minerals such as calcium. It is hydrating and balances the bodies electrolytes.
Super Berry Acai-Blackberry Jam:
Acai powder is one of the most powerful of superfoods available. The berries are fairly and sustainably harvested from the Amazon, and freeze-dried to preserve their nutrition. They are super-loaded with a pigment called anthocyanin, an antioxidant which gives the berry its purple colour (the same as in red grapes, but about 40 x more). This helps to protect the berry from the sun’s powerful UV rays, which gives a clue as to how it helps to protect the cells in our own body. It also has the ability to cleanse the us internally, aiding in the absorption of nutrients, and allowing waste to move efficiently. Acai is also great for the cardiovascular system, metabolism, and is even rich in Omega 3 & 6.
Acai goes very well with other purple berries such as blackberries and blueberries, or with red fruits such as red grapes and apples. It also tastes great with cinnamon. In this recipe We combine Acai powder with an apple juice chia gell, and add the blackberries extra rich fruitiness.
220mls Apple Juice
4 Tbsp Iswari Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Iswari Acai Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut sugar or 1 Tbsp Agave Syrup
2 handfuls of blackberries (fresh or thawed from frozen).
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1. Make the Chia Gel by soaking the Chia seeds in the apple juice for at least 30mins.
2. Add the Acai powder, sweetener, lemon juice, and finally the blackberries.
3. Spread onto raw bread/raw toast/ raw crackers, or in your raw porridge.
You can place remaining jam into a jar and refrigerate. It will last for up to 1 week if you don’t devour it in a couple of days.