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  • Amy Lippert, NTP

Aronia and Blueberry Chia Jam

Updated: May 8

This beautiful jam is easy to make and is loaded with healthful antioxidants, and a lot less sugar than the ones you'll find at the store or even your local farmers markets! To me, the sweet and juicy blueberries are the perfect match with these nutrient rich superfood aronia berries. This easy refrigerator jam is Paleo and Whole30 friendly and is the perfect topping for your oatmeal or yogurt, or serve it up on a crave-able nut butter sandwich.




Paleo Blueberry Chia Jam

Aronia berries are one of my favorite berries to pair with blueberries because I feel they perfect compliments to each other. Blueberries are so sweet and juicy and they really bring out the beautiful aronia berry, which can be a little more on the earthy and bitter side of things. I chose to use chia seeds in this jam because it adds some good for you fiber and great protein to the mix, making this a sweet spoonful of absolute perfection!



 

Why Aronia Berries are So Good For You!


These beautiful dark berries are also known as chokeberries and are one of the richest sources of antioxidants you can find. I have not been able to find any fresh locally, however, most grocers will carry these in the freezer section with the frozen fruits.


Let's look at the nutrients of this amazing superfruit!


Vitamins

  • Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential nutrient during pregnancy that supports the development of the neural tube.

  • Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidate stress due to free radicals.

  • Vitamin E: Powerful antioxidant that supports healthy vision, immune function, and reproduction [1].

  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K is essential in bone health and it is converted to vitamin K2 by our gut microbiome, which supports our heart health.

  • Beta-carotene: which is converted to Vitamin A in the body and supports healthy eyes and

Minerals

  • Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function [2].

  • Iron: Necessary in the formation of hemoglobin and maintaining proper body temperature.

Anthocyanins

  • Compounds found in dark blue and black foods that give it their color.

  • Found to be anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and support a healthy cardiovascular system [3]

Fiber


There are more benefits to eating the aronia berries, they are full of fiber to support a healthy and optimized digestive tract! They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber:

  • Insoluble fiber: Works to keep things moving along and helps with toxin and waste elimination.

  • Soluble fiber [4]: Soluble fiber works to support a healthy microbiome and supports healthy blood sugar regulation.

So grab some beautiful aronia berries and blueberries and let's get cooking!


 

Aronia & Blueberry Chia Jam Ingredients

3 cups Blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup Aronia Berries

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup

Pinch of Fine Sea Salt

2 Tbsp Whole Raw Chia Seeds


How to Make Aronia & Blueberry Chia Jam


1. If your blueberries are fresh, rinse them under cool water and drain completely.


2. In a small saucepan combine the aronia and blueberries, lemon juice, maple syrup and sea salt, stir to combine.


3. Heat over low-med heat and bring to a gentle simmer for about 10-minutes to break down the berries.


4. Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner.


5. Stir in the chia seeds and mix very well for about 2-minutes. The seeds will begin to absorb the juices and thicken the jam so stirring will prevent any clumping.


6. Allow the jam to sit for about 5-minutes and then transfer to a clean mason jar.


7. Cover and set the jam on the counter to cool completely before placing it into the refrigerator.


8. Chill for at least 4-hours before serving.


9. Enjoy!


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If you like this recipe, check these out!


Simple Paleo Raspberry Jam: Sweet summer raspberries in a delicate and bright jam that is perfect on toast, in yogurt, or as a topping for ice cream!


Fresh Cherry Chia Jam: This 3-ingredient whole food cherry chia jam is just in time for the start of summer and it is soooo good with almond butter over a rice cake or topped over a bowl of coconut ice cream!


Buttermilk Sourdough Biscuits: Buttery, flaky, and fluffy mouthwatering buttermilk biscuits that are so easy and perfect with a homemade jam!


I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. - Amy


 

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