Last week I bought fresh figs for the first time!
I put out the call on instagram and twitter about what to do with them and got lots of great ideas! The most popular was definitely stuffing them with goat cheese and drizzling with honey. Someone else suggested jam! I had grand plans to try several different things with these figs but once I started cutting them, several were brown and moldy inside. I was only able to salvage about 5.
So I thought I’d start with something simple. Chia seed jam. I’ve made it before using just strawberries so I thought it would be fun to combine the strawberries and figs together. I love jam and jelly, but I hate buying it because that traditional way to make it is to add a LOT of sugar. In fact, sugar is usually the first ingredient, before fruit. I’ve found that chia jam is a great substitute for me. I sweeten it using fruit juice instead of sugar. It doesn’t come out super sweet but I like it that way!
It only takes about 15 minutes to make so I usually make small batches since it only keeps for about a week in the fridge.
The recipe below is about double the amount I usually make unless i know I’ll be eating a lot of it.
- 5 figs, peeled
- 1 c frozen strawberries
- ½ c 100% orange juice
- 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
- Combine the figs, strawberries and oj in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
- Simmer for 10 minutes, mashing fruit into smaller pieces.
- Add chia seeds.
- Simmer 5 minutes more until thickened.
- Store in a airtight container in the fridge for about 1 week.
Use it on your toast, swirled into yogurt, on top of pancakes…
If you don’t have figs, you could just use all strawberries, or try it with another fruit like peaches or raspberries.
Chia jam can also be made in the microwave!