Now that we're clearly into berry season, it's the perfect time to make really good use of these beautiful fruits. They're probably mostly used in fruit salads, desserts, and smoothies, but they're also a great basis for jam. The jam we make is not the conventional kind (a neighbour once remarked that there's nothing conventional about the two of us! A compliment, surely?) Our jam is super simple, uncooked and highly nutritious. If you have these three ingredients, you can make omega jam:
A cup of fresh berries (or frozen and thawed)
Approx half a cup of date paste*
2 tsp chia seeds
Mash the berries and date paste together with a fork and stir in chia seeds. Put into a jar and leave to set in the fridge. The chia seeds will swell using fluid from the fruit. The jam will keep for approximately 4 days in the fridge.
*We've made a short video to demonstrate how to make date paste. Pre-soaked dates will work just as well but they will need to be blended with the berries and the chia seeds added afterwards.