Raspberry Vanilla-Honey Chia Jam

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I absolutely LOVE raspberries! And I absolutely LOVE making my own jams! So combining the two seemed like a no-brainer. I prefer homemade versus store bought any day of the week. Store bought brands of jelly and jams are loaded with sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors & artificial ingredients..no thank you! I much rather cook my own meal, make my own jam, hummus, salsa, salad dressing, whatever it is simply because when I am make it I am in control of the ingredients, the quality of the ingredients. Bottom line, homemade anything and everything is simply much healthier.

*Check out my recipes for Strawberry-Lemon Chia Jam and Blackberry-Maple Chia Jam*

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of raspberries contains 64 calories, 1.5 grams of protein, 0.8 grams of fat, and 15 grams of carbohydrate (including 8 grams of fiber and 5 grams of sugar). Eating one cup of raw raspberries will provide 54% of your vitamin C needs, 12% of vitamin K, 5% of vitamin E, iron, and potassium, and 41% of manganese needs for the day.

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To briefly highlight some health benefits, raspberries help combat arthritis symptoms, they help keep our skin looking youthful and radiant, they contain anti-cancer properties. Raspberries also support proper diabetes management by being loaded with fiber, they help support healthy eye sight, help manage weight loss and contain flavonoids which enhance brain function. To learn more about the health benefits of raspberries, check out my blog post Meet The Ingredient: Raspberries.

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Ingredients:
-2 cups of organic raspberries
-1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
-2 tablespoons raw local honey (substitute maple syrup if vegan*)
-2 tablespoons chia seeds
-juice of 1/2 organic lemon
-2 tablespoons warm water


Directions:

-Add raw local honey first to food processor
-Add raspberries, water, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and top off with chia seeds
-Pulse in food processor for 1 to 2 minutes
-Store in glass, air-tight jar in refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to first use

*Lasts for 7-10 days

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*Pulse in food processor for 1-2 minutes, texture will be “soupy” but will thicken after chia seeds absorb some liquid*

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*Store in air-tight glass mason jar and refrigerator 30 minutes prior to first use! Jam will keep for 7-10 days!*

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