Monday 6 June 2016

RECIPE: {No Refined Sugar} Berry Chia Seed Jam

Coming up with different toast toppings for Isabella has been a constantly struggle with so many typical toppings laden with sugar and/or salt. Like a lot of parents we've decided to continue to seriously limit the amount of sugar Isabella has in her diet, despite her best efforts to have all the sugary treats. Jam is a typical (and tasty!) condiment or toast topper, but it's mainly made up of refined sugar. This Berry Chia Seed Jam is seriously easy to make, extremely versatile and ideal for anyone who wants to avoid/reduce their sugar intake.

What you'll need:
225g Frozen mixed berries
4 tbsp Chia seeds
1 tbsp Dark Sweet Freedom Syrup 
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Splash of water

What to do:
1) Blend the frozen berries with the splash of water to create a smooth paste. 
2) Pour the berry paste into a saucepan over a medium heat, add the vanilla extract and Sweet Freedom Syrup. Bring to the boil and simmer until slightly reduced, it shouldn't be too runny. 
3) Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the chia seeds.
4) Sterilise a jam jar by pouring boiling water into it and leaving it to cool.
5) Pour the jam into the jam jar and leave to cool completely. 
6) Serve in homemade rice pudding, on toast, use in baking etc. 
Have you tried a refined sugar free jam?

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)

Helen x



  1. oh my goodness that looks yummy and easy to make too #MarvMondays

  2. Wow that looks like a fantastic alternative to the typical "sugar-fest" jams and it looks so easy to make. I'll share this with my Nan too as she has to have as little sugar as poss in her diet but like me has a massive sweet tooth. Thank for sharing. Dawn x #marvmondays

  3. Oh that is such a good idea and a great alternative to the sugar packed james of the supermarket. I love that you include chi seeds too for their goodness and natural energy :-) #marvmondays

  4. Ooh this looks nice and a good healthier alternative to jam #marvmondays

  5. Ooh this looks nice and a good healthier alternative to jam #marvmondays

  6. This looks lush, thanks for sharing!


  7. Oh wow. Not tried making anything like that before, that looks delicious.

  8. I love the sound of this and I could make it with the fruit on our allotment - thanks for sharing! #marvnmondays

  9. Oh wow this looks amazing and such a healthy sweet treat without feeling guilty. Beautiful use of photos - really like the style of your blog #marvmondays

  10. I love making jam, and as I have recently joined slimming world, I'm looking and all sorts of ways I can do healthy versions. This is really interesting and might have to give it a go myself! #MarvMondays

  11. This sounds fab. I always think of giving Archie jam but worry about the sugar intake, I'd never thought of making my own, thanks for the recipe. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  12. Love this. Jam without refined sugar has to be good. Pinning :) #MarvellousMondays

  13. Oh wow, this looks AWESOME! WE avoid refined sugar, so this is definitely a great recipe for us(: I went blackberry picking yesterday and have SOOOOO many leftover, looks like I'm going to be trying to make a blackberry jam! Thanks so much for sharing <3 #MarvMondays

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