This healthy fig chia jam is a fresher version of traditional jam and tastes just like the inside of a fig newton. It’s quick and easy to make, with only 3 ingredients: fresh figs, chia seeds, and fresh lemons.
It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and contains no sugar or additives. We love this as is but if you prefer a sweeter jam you can some pure maple syrup or raw honey to sweeten it.
My in-laws have some amazing fig trees in their backyard and every summer when we visit they begin to ripen around the beginning of August, giving us with at least one full month to enjoy them!
My mother-in-law and I were discussing over lunch the other day what to do with all those figs and I immediately thought of making some fresh chia jam! The following morning I headed over to the trees with the kids (who have become experts in picking figs!) and gathered some fresh figs to make our jam.
Chia seeds might be tiny but they are a bonafide superfood, high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and packed with heart-healthy omega 3’s. When soaked in liquid they can absorb approximately 10 times their size and weight, transforming before your very eyes into plump, tapioca-like pearls.
Their texture and consistency helps thicken many raw foods, such as raw puddings and smoothies, and in this case an easy-to-make, healthy jam!
Chia seed jam is unlike traditional jam in that it doesn’t need to be heated nor rely on pectin to gel. In fact, it’s so easy that it’s foolproof! I’ve made many varieties of chia jam in the past, including Blueberry Chia Jam and have used it in so many recipes; from spreading it on toast or pancakes, using it as a filling in crepes, or mixed with yogurt.
This fig chia jam is delicious served in the same way, plus I’ve served it as an appetizer for party guests, spread on crostini and topped with crumbled goat cheese.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!