With another fabulous trip to the farmer’s market, I found myself the proud owner of beautiful, purple plums that were juicy and unique-looking. While I’m not a big fan of eating fruit on its own, I am a big fan of jam (who isn’t, really?). I can’t, in good conscience, bring myself to slather store-bought jam on an English muffin knowing the amount of sugar each tablespoon holds and call it “a good, healthy breakfast”. My solution? Fresh fruit, honey, vanilla, and chia seeds. Yes. That’s every ingredient you need to make this healthy, no-guilt jam! If you’ve got 10 minutes, grab a pot, your blender, and the ingredients. You’ll have homemade fancy jam for a week or two!
I will note that I love buying fruit at the farmers market because you get to see the beautiful leaves and stems attached. It makes photographing much more fun! These little details get lost in large fruit pyramids of the grocery store.
I personally love the taste of pure vanilla extract, so I’ve included it in the recipe – but if you don’t, simply omit it! Another note: make sure the fruit doesn’t burn while stewing (that happens, believe me).
I must give credit to the magic ingredient; chia seeds. They act as a very healthy, natural thickener for the jam – certainly much healthier than cornstarch. It’s actually quite incredible to see liquid completely thicken up within a matter of minutes. This jam is best stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (at the most) – it won’t last that long, though (due to midnight snackers; is your house infested with those too?!).
Don’t have plums? No problem. Use blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or a combination of all the leftover fruit you’ve got. It’s a great way to use up fruit that’s a little too sour, or fruit that has ripened too much to eat normally.
- 4-5 small plums, diced into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons black chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
- In a small bowl, coat the plums with honey and mix thoroughly before transferring to a pot over low heat. Stew the plums and mash down with a spatula until the juices have turned a dark crimson color. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a small blender, add chia seeds, cooled plum mixture, and vanilla, if using. Blend until completely smooth. Traces of the chia seeds will still be seen.
- Transfer mixture to a small airtight jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Jam will thicken and will be ready to serve.