Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

Updated: May 26

The plus side of making your own vegan chia seed jam is that you get to choose flavors that are not common in the stores, and you get to have control over the amount of sweetness, making it a much healthier option!

This homemade pineapple jam is so simple to make, and it really doesn't need any added sugars. The sweetness comes naturally from the pineapple, and the chia seeds serve as a thickening ingredient to create a gel consistency.

I love to enjoy this citrusy pineapple chia seed jam on oatmeal, crackers, toast, or mixed with dairy-free yogurt. Besides being amazingly sweet and delicious, it’s also SO healthy! It’s packed with nutrients like omega 3 and antioxidants. What else could we ask for? For other flavors, try this sweet tomato jam!


Details:


Yield: 1.5 cups

Prep time: 5 min

Cooking time: 30 min

Total time: 35 min

Sugar-free


Ingredients:


2 cups pineapple

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp orange juice


Directions:


1. Chop the pineapple into small pieces.

2. In a saucepan, add the pineapple pieces and cook for 10 minutes.

3. Once the pineapple is soft and cooked, move it away from the heat and transfer to a bowl.

4. Mash the pineapple with a fork or hand blender.

5. Add the orange juice and chia seeds. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to gel, and that’s it! Transfer to a jar and enjoy.


Notes:


- This recipe doesn’t need added sugars but if you’d like a sweeter version, add 1 tbsp of brown sugar or any liquid sweetener.

- Store in an airtight jar for up to 2 weeks.

- Don’t throw away those pineapple peels! Make a refreshing pineapple peel tea with this recipe.


Approximate cost:


$1.25. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only.



Nutrition:


*Pineapple is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes that can fight inflammation, aid the immune system, and improve digestion.

They are especially rich in vitamin C and manganese, providing 131% and 76% of the daily recommendations, respectively.

Pineapples contain bromelain, a group of digestive enzymes that breaks down proteins. This may aid digestion, especially in those with pancreatic insufficiency. It's also believed that pineapples may have diuretic effects.


*Chia seeds are one of the best sources of Omega 3 on a plant-based diet. On top of that, they’re high in antioxidants and fiber (40% fiber by weight!), which feeds good bacteria in the gut to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Did you try this easy pineapple chia seed jam recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite

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