Packed with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory & health supporting nutrients including essential fatty acids, zinc, protein & calcium found in chia seeds, as well as the antioxidant benefits & vitamins in tea & fruit, this delicious jam offers more than meets the eye. Chia seeds also contain healthy fibre which supports the gut & a healthy digestion (which also support immune function).
This recipe is a fun activity to make with kids & rewarding to make on your own if you’re looking for something to brighten your day (& your taste buds).
Unlike traditional jam, it contains no added sugar - the sweetness comes naturally from whatever fruit you’ve made it with.
Garnish oatmeal, toast, bread, scones, sugar or shortbread cookies & crackers with Tea & Chia Seed Jam. Use it in any instance where you might normally use jelly or jam. It’s also perfect as a filling in muffins, homemade oat bars or cookies, or served as a topping for ice cream.
Here's our Winter Warrior Chia Seed Jam recipe to get you started, but you can substitute in any of your favourite SILK ROAD teas with many fruit combinations - try using teas from our CITRUS collection, which are packed with vitamin C like, ALCHEMIST’S BREW or PHILOSOPHER'S BREW with raspberries, or WILDBERRY WAVE with strawberries. We also love FRUITY teas like SOUR CHERRY or PEACH PARADISE with blueberries.
Mixed berries also work wonderfully for these jams. Cranberries intermixed with other berries can add a tantalizing tartness. Experiment with your favourite teas & different mixtures of berries to discover delightful pairings. Make it once & you’ll soon see that it’s easy to find winning combinations!
WINTER WARRIOR CHIA SEED JAM
dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan & free from refined sugars
makes 1 cup
3 cups frozen raspberries (or other fruit of your choice)
3-4 tablespoons brewed Winter Warrior tea (*see brewing instructions below)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
optional: 1 tablespoon maple syrup - when using cranberries, or if the fruit you are using is a bit tart, you may wish to add a bit of maple syrup to offset it.
1. Brew 1 teaspoon of Winter Warrior tea in a 1/2 cup of boiling water - steep 10 minutes, then strain.
2. Combine fruit & 3 tablespoons of brewed tea in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
3. Reduce to medium-low heat, & lightly mash fruit in the pan. You can leave some fruit whole, if you like. If you would like a sweeter jam, add the maple syrup now & continue to cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add chia seeds, & stir until combined. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until jam has thickened.
5. Remove mixture from heat & transfer to a bowl to cool for a few hours in the refrigerator. Do not cover the jam as it is cooling. Once cooled, store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.