I had this insane idea the other day — I could make homemade jam as wedding favors. It would be adorable, right? Cute little quilted glass mason jars, raffia tied around the lid, with handwritten labels listing the variety.
The only problems with this fantasy were: 1) Who wants to receive jam at a wedding? 2) Making jam takes a really long time, you guys, especially for 50 people, 3) When am I going to make time to make jam on the week of my wedding? and 4) jam isn’t Paleo.
We’re not having a Paleo wedding, of course, but I don’t think jam is going to be something that I want to deal with during my wedding week anyway. Still, it turns out that one intrepid food blogger has figured out how to make Paleo jam within 30 minutes.
Typically, jam involves a lot of sugar and fruit pectin, neither of which did I particularly want to put in my body. Angela over at Oh She Glows has figured out that if you sub maple syrup (she’s vegan, so no honey) for the sugar and chia seeds for the pectin, you come up with a definitely jam-like spread.
The question remains, what to do with it? If you wish, you could make some Paleo scones or biscuits to spread it on; otherwise, stir into your morning chia seed pudding, or pair with almond butter for a little midday pick-me-up.
Or, you know. Use it as a wedding favor. Because that’s still the only idea I’m coming up with in that department.
- 3 cups frozen berries, thawed (I used blueberries and strawberries)
- 3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Heat berries and honey in a saucepan over medium heat until boiling gently. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
- Add chia seeds and stir very thoroughly. Continue cooking over medium-low heat until mixture has thickened significantly, and to your desired consistency (I like a really stiff jam; you may not). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; let cool, pour into tiny jars, and spend too much time fussing over the ribbon.