Quick and Easy Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserves

Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserves

Chia what now? Chia seeds are the trendy new superfood. Well, they’re not really new. The Aztecs were using chia seeds long before we decided to grow plant hair on clay pets. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language. The Aztecs and Mayans were known to utilize these groovy little seeds to keep them running and fighting. Chia seeds are jammed full of nutrients and essential fatty acids, and are great for hydration because they hold 10 times their weight in water and contain electrolytes. Their unique ability to absorb and hold water makes them a perfect ingredient for a quick preserve. Chia seeds form a type of natural gel that holds this tasty treat together and gives it the right texture for a fruit-filled preserve.

I’ve always wanted to be one of those super-handy ladies who could make jellies and jams and mend fences and sew and stuff. Sadly I was not blessed with those skills. At one time I did a pretty spot-on impression of Bart Simpson. That’s the kind of talent I’ve got going on. I’m perfectly useless in survival situations. Thank goodness there are super easy recipes like this one. I can actually make my own very healthy, totally tasty blueberry preserves without all the yucky chemicals and added sugar.  And if I can make it, you can make it.

I originally saw this recipe over on countingalljoy.com. She uses a mixture of berries in her Stove-Top Chia Berry Preserves. I drooled over her recipe and marveled at how easy it looked, and I knew I just had to try it! I love the flavor combination of lemon, blueberries, and fresh ginger. I decided to give it a try and I absolutely loved the finished product.

Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserves

Ingredients:

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves at home

In a large sauce pot, heat blueberries over medium high heat for 10 minutes. It’s important to use frozen berries because the ice crystals will melt, adding a little extra liquid to the pot.

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

Add lemon Juice. If you’re a food blogger trying to take decent pictures, maybe focus on the ingredient you’re adding (like the lemon juice) and not so much on the berries in the pot. I was thrilled to notice I didn’t have any pictures with lemon juice in focus. Go me!

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

Add freshly grated ginger, about two tablespoons. Tip: ginger is so much easier to grate if it’s frozen. I keep a couple of nubs in the freezer just for this purpose.

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

Look, the ginger is smiling. See it? He’s happy to be a part of this beautiful recipe. We should all try to be more like him.

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

Keep an eye on it and stir it every once in a while to keep the berries from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan. Don’t go flat-iron your hair… like I did. I barely made it back in time to avoid disaster. Burned berries are a crime, y’all.  After about 10 minutes, there will be a lot more liquid in your pot. You can add your chosen sweetener and the chia seeds.

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

Give it a good stir, and then turn the heat to medium low. Stir often for the next five minutes. Remove from heat and ladle preserves into your chosen container. You could use a tupperware dish, a mason jar, just about anything. I happened to have this cute little jar.

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

And then I slapped a label on that bad boy because I want people to know what they’re looking at when they’re looking in my fridge.

making blueberry ginger chia seed preserves

This delicious concoction is absolutely perfect swirled into sweetened Greek yogurt. I love the new Trim Healthy Mama brand Stevia sweetener for this job. Just a little “doonk” is all you need!

adding sweetener to greek yogurt

Mix that up and add a tablespoon or two of your delicious Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserve on top and you’ve got one healthy snack that won’t go straight to your hips.

Greek yogurt with Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserve

Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserves
Quick and easy blueberry ginger preserves made on the stove top.
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Ingredients
  1. 5 cups frozen blueberries
  2. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  3. 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
  4. 1/3 cup chia seeds
  5. 2 tablespoons Trim Healthy Mama Sweet Blend - or Truvia, Xylitol, or Erythritol
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pot, heat blueberries over medium high heat for 10 minutes. It's important to use frozen berries because the ice crystals will melt, adding a little extra liquid to the pot.
  2. Add lemon Juice.
  3. Add freshly grated ginger, about two tablespoons. Tip: ginger is so much easier to grate if it's frozen.
  4. Keep an eye on it and stir it every once in a while to keep the berries from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan. After about 10 minutes, there will be a lot more liquid in your pot.
  5. Add your chosen sweetener and the chia seeds.
  6. Give it a good stir, and then turn the heat to medium low. Stir often for the next five minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and ladle preserves into your chosen container.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
Adapted from countingalljoy.com
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4 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Blueberry Ginger Chia Seed Preserves

  1. nice! I’m on the fence about chia–not thrilled about how it makes food gel-like, but in this case it’s a definitely plus!

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