Citrus Cherry Chia Jam

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This jam contains three ingredients, a pot and wooden spoon, and a few stirs.  It’s subtly sweet with notes of citrus and deep cherry flavor.  Totally awesome.  And when slathered on anything with nut butter it’s down right heavenly!

I posted this recipe awhile ago for blueberry fig jam which is super delicious, however I can’t always find dried figs (or afford them let’s be honest!).  I’m also extremely lazy and the thought of having to blend everything together then wash my vitamix is enough to tempt me to reach for the jarred jam at the grocery store. But in all honestly most store-bought jam is too sweet for me and if you know me, you know I basically have to make everything myself.  First I don’t like to eat any form of processed sugar and I also avoid most thickener agents used to give jams and jellies their signature texture.

For this jam, I simply simmered whole frozen pitted cherries with fresh squeezed orange juice then added chia seeds towards the end to gel everything together. The concentrated cherry and citrus flavor together is super tasty while the chia seeds add nutritional benefits as well as a texture element.  I like making a big batch of this and jarring some so I have plenty in the pantry for those times when the craving strikes!  I have found that I’ve been eating this just about every day for the past few weeks, therefore making the jarring process unnecessary.  Apparently I’m still in the honeymoon phase with this jam.  Seriously, am I the only one who latches onto a delicious food for weeks (eating it almost every day) before getting sick of it?!

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I’ve been toasting up my homemade sourdough bread and slathering it with cacao almond butter before topping it off with a healthy scoop of this jam.  Every. Damn. Day.  I’ll be posting the recipe for my cacao almond butter soon and I’m working on a large post about sourdough.  So stay calm and spread this tangy jam!!

ps. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a super annoying ‘engagement ring on hand’ post.  Yes I am engaged (EKKKK<3<3<3), yes I have an emerald engagement ring (bad-ass), and yes you can be assured I am making my own wedding cake.  But let’s focus on the immediate future…sharing the recipe for the grown-up cacao almond butter and citrus cherry jam sprouted sourdough sandwich that I gave you a teaser for.  Baby steps 🙂

 

Citrus Cherry Chia Jam

4 cups frozen pitted cherries (fresh work as well)

4 oranges, juiced

1/4 cup chia seeds

Directions:

Bring the cherries and orange juice to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally until the fruit has thickened.  Add the chia seeds and stir until jam consistency is achieved*.  Store in the fridge for up to two weeks, or can to keep the jam for up to a year.

 

*remember the jam will thicken as it cools

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