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This sugar free chia jam only requires 4 ingredients and has only 1.2g net carbs per tablespoon. Sugar free chia jam is packed with fibre, protein, plant omega-3 fatty acids and tasty colourful berries.
Sugar Free Chia Jam
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Sugar Free Chia Jam – only 4 ingredients
Who has time to make jam with all that sugar, sugar, sugar, boiling, sterilising, preserving jars blah blah blah, not me. And I refuse to buy sugar free jam from the supermarket because too many companies use artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose, aspartame or saccharin.
Or they use maltitol which raises blood sugars (try some, test your blood sugars, watch them rise and rise and rise). I prefer to use stevia, xylitol or erythritol. Yes there will be a little sugar in the chia jam from the berries, but look at the comparisons below.
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Sugar free chia jam only takes 5 minutes to make and can set in 20 minutes. It is jam packed with delicious high fibre chia seeds with all their plant omega-3 fatty acids.
You can even make the chia jam with any berry. The sugar and carb count will vary depending on which berry you choose to use. Look here at all the carbs in fruits to compare.
- Regular berry jam – per 20g tbsp = 13g carbohydrates, 13g sugars
- Sugar free chia jam – per 20g tbsp = 3.5g carbohydrates, 0.8g sugar
So why are chia seeds so brilliant? Chia seeds have the most amazing ability to absorb many times their size in liquid and swell and thicken. It is this property that we can harness to make a super easy chia jam and jellies.
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You can vary how thick or spreadable you would like your chia jam to be. Simply add more chia seeds and watch it quickly thicken. Alternatively, add more water or berries and it will become a little more liquid in its texture.
Sugar Free Chia Jam – seeds and ‘bits’
Personally I like to seed the little seeds from the berries I used to make the jam, but if you have picky children, why not puree it with a stick blender? As time goes on, puree the jam less and less, because children must get used to lumpy ‘bits’ in their food. For many children, the food they favour comes down to texture. This is a tricky aspect to deal with overnight, but it can be done. For some, this may take months.
Some children will eat mince/ground beef, but not a steak. Some children will eat fruit puree, but not a piece of fruit. Some will eat tomato paste on a pizza, but not a whole tomato. If we can help encourage children even a tiny way towards accepting different textures, their food repertoire will begin to grow.
Ways To Use Sugar Free Chia Jam
There are so many ways to use chia jam. How about on a warm piece of low-carb 3 seed bread with butter? Hidden inside a chocolate mug cake? Poured over keto waffles or paleo pancakes? Or use as a topping on a sugar free ice cream?
Sugar Free Chia Jam
- If using frozen berries, allow them to defrost. Mash the berries with a fork until a lumpy puree is created.
- Add the chia seeds, lemon juice, sweetener and water. Mix.
- Pour into a little jam jar or storage container and place in the fridge to set.
- Once the chia jam has set, mix again to ensure all the berries and chia seeds are evenly distributed. Enjoy.
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