• Amy Lippert, NTP

Aronia and Blueberry Chia Jam

Updated: Aug 8

Sweet and juicy blueberries are the perfect match with tart earthy aronia berries in this simple chia jam. Loaded with healthful antioxidants, nutrients, and a lot less sugar than the ones you'll find at the store, you'll love that it's easy to make and Paleo and Whole30 friendly!



Paleo Blueberry Chia Jam Recipe

Ways to enjoy Aronia and Blueberry Chia Jam

  • On Toast

  • On an Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich

  • Over Yogurt

  • Over Ice Cream

  • On a Rice Cake

  • As a Fruit Dip

  • Over a Baked Brie

  • In Overnight Oats

  • In Chia Pudding

  • Over Cheesecake

  • On a Bagel

  • Over Pancakes/Waffles

  • Add it to a vinaigrette

The possibilities are endless!


 

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!


Whole30 Blueberry Jam Recipe

Aronia and Blueberry Chia Jam Ingredients

Makes approximately 20 ounces


3 cups Organic Blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup Aronia Berries

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup

Pinch of Fine Sea Salt or Pink Salt

2 Tbsp Whole Raw Chia Seeds


How to Make Aronia and 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.


Enjoy!


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FAQs


Q: Can I use other berries in making blueberry chia jam?

A: Yes, I do all the time if I have some blackberries or raspberries lying around. Just keep the ratio 3 cups of berries to 1 cup of aronia berries!


Q: How long with aronia and blueberry chia jam keep?

A: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this chia jam should keep for about a week (mine never lasts that long!)


Q: How do you fix runny chia jam?

A: Add more chia seeds (1-2 teaspoons at a time) to the jam and stir really well for a few minutes and let it sit for about 30-minutes. Check if you need more and repeat as needed.


Easy Blueberry Chia Jam Recipe

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


 

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