Few days ago, while buying on the farmers’ market, I found fresh figs. How delighted I was! I am crazy about figs and I love eating them fresh and in smoothies. Once I read that Gods have been eating them with cheese and wine, so I tried it. Divine! But, since you can’t eat a whole bunch of figs at once nor you can save them fresh for too long, I decided to make a jam. My first homemade fig chia jam.
Homemade fig chia jam is simple and delicious. You don’t need all the equipment for making traditional jams. You don’t need that much time, refined sugars – you don’t need them at all because figs are naturally sweet and sweeteners that we use in these healthy jams are honey, maple syrup, stevia or none at all. It’s up to you to decide. All you need to have to make this healthy no refined sugars homemade fig chia jam is about 30 minutes of your day and a bit of figs, of course.
I already said that figs are very sweet naturally so you might not want to sweeten your jam. You can use figs for sweetening your foods. Besides this, figs are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, pantothenic acid and copper. They ripen too quickly, so be sure to use them in a day or two or to make something sweet, like this jam. I never tried to freeze them, but I read that they freeze well so you can enjoy them during the fall or winter.
I think there’s no need to talk about chia seeds and their benefits. These tiny seeds are so powerful and do so much good to us: give us so much nutrients, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fiber. What’s most important here for this homemade fig chia jam is that chia seeds turn any water into a gel, and this is why we use chia seeds in these healthy kind of jams.
Homemade fig Chia Jam Recipe – Ingredients:
- 800 g figs, fresh and halved
- 50 ml water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey, or whichever sweetener you use)
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds (this time I used white, but you can use black, too)
- 1/2 tablespoon vanila extract (optional)
As I promised, for this healthy, no refined sugar homemade fig chia jam you won’t need much time or skill. It is really simple, quick, and most of all, delish!
Put the figs in a saucepan over a medium heat. As they heat, mash them or don’t. This time I mashed them, but next time, I wont. I just think it would look prettier. If the figs are too juicy, you do not need the water from the recipe. Mine were not fully ripe, so I needed the water. So, we use water to help them break down.
Add the honey / maple / stevia and vanilla, and stir well. Cook them for about 10-20 minutes, also depends on the ripeness.
When cooked and soft, remove the pan from the heat and leave it to cool a little bit before adding the chia seeds. I mashed figs and blended them a little bit before adding the seeds.
Pour your jam into jars. I like to use smaller jars because they are much more convenient for these healthy jams without artificial preservatives. We eat a jar in a day or two, and then we use a new one. This way, we prevent jam from going bad.
Allow jam to cool completely before storing it in the fridge.
Extra Tip: since it has no artificial sugars, it’s shelf life is about 2 weeks. But, because it is made easily, I always make smaller amounts and make it again when I see we are almost left without it.
Extra Tip 2: you can use any fruit to make healthy jam. If you use frozen fruits, be sure to defrost it first because it will have a lot of water.