By Nancy Smorch
Over the weekend I saw this post on Facebook from the Herbal Academy of New England. I do love jams and jellies, so this simple, healthier version that you can make in the middle of winter intrigued me.
I decided to try it out for myself today, and I was pleasantly surprised. This recipe has no sugar in it, and although it’s not nearly as sweet as the jam I make in the summer (which is loaded with sugar!), it still tastes good - just a different kind of good. So long as you go into it not expecting it to taste like “regular” jam, it’s really enjoyable!
As I was making it, it was turning out really - thicker than I thought it was going to be, and it was cold due to the frozen berries I used, so it actually reminded me of a sorbet. Lindsey and Frankie tried it and they agreed that we could easily eat it as a frozen dessert. So this has a couple of uses!
In the recipe from the link above, you’ll notice that it has 3 different options for making the jam. I chose to go with Option #2.
But here’s how I changed it:
I used 1 10-oz. bag of mixed organic frozen berries. The next time I make it, I think I will go with straight strawberries. I think I’ll like the consistency of strawberries better.
I also only used 1 Tbsp. chia seeds instead of 2 Tbsp., as I was a little hesitant to put them in the jam in the first place (I think 2 Tbsp. would have been just fine).
I also added the 2 Tbsp. honey along with 2 Tbsp. maple syrup. Just having the 2 Tbsp. honey wasn’t enough for me and I thought the maple syrup would give it more of a sweet “kick," and it did!
I didn’t think this would work for toast, but Frankie really wanted to test it out, and she said she actually liked it. We had a hit! So, of course, I had to try it as well, and it was really good. And SO easy! Missy, our dog, even loved it. I took her outside to run around and she wouldn’t leave my side until I gave her some toast with the jam... then she still wouldn’t leave my side until she knew I didn’t have any more.
So, all around, I think this recipe is a keeper! A success with the entire family.