The easiest and healthiest jam you will ever make. With bonus- no added preservatives.
Hello, everyone. It’s back to school time, and the time we struggle with everyday lunch box dilemma. Thinking and preparing a lunch box on a busy week is a task. So to simplify matters for you all, I am sharing with you this Dried Figs And Chia Jam recipe. It is the easiest jam you will ever prepare and the best part is there are absolutely no added preservatives. Now isn’t that the best? This jam is filled with endless possibilities. It can be a spread on the morning toast or a filling for lunch box PBJ. Or a topping for your and your little one’s favorite ice cream. So let’s dig in.
As a baby, my daughter had a lot of figs in her diet. I used feed Apple With Dried Figs and Beetroot And Figs Bites on regular basis. Since she had a problem with constipation, figs helped her to overcome it. As she grew, she nibbled on dried figs as a snack. A few months back, I went to a farmers market and there I found this Fig Preserve. It was so delicious. My daughter loved having it as a spread on a toast and flatbread. When I ran out of it, she kept asking for more of that fig preserve. So I thought of trying my hands on making this recipe.
In my version of Fig Jam, I have added Chia seeds. Now Chia seeds, we all know is a superfood. Getting our little ones eat something that is healthy and nutritious is always a challenge. So incorporating such ingredients in our daily meals and recipes can help them eat well without comprising their favorite food. Chia seeds also act as a thickening agent in the recipe, since it soaks up the moisture from the jam, so you get that store-bought spread consistency without any additives.With no preservatives or additives, this Dried Figs And Chia Jam is a must try. #backtoschool Click To Tweet
Like I said, there are no preservatives or additives in this jam. Natural ingredients like lemon juice take the place of citric acid and chia seeds act as a natural pectin which acts as a thickening agent. So no artificial powders or additives here.
For the flavoring part, I have added cardamom, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder. Vanilla and cardamom give this jam a beautiful aroma and flavor, while cinnamon makes it a comforting warm fuzzy spread. It reminds me of Autumn in July. Also cinnamon has its own health benefits.
This Dried Fig And Chia Jam can make a delicious edible gift too. You can save it for the upcoming holiday season. People would love it. Go ahead and make this healthy yet delicious jam. I am sure you will make this more often.
Let’s go through the recipe:
- 1 cup dried figs
- 1½ cups water
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 2 cardamom pods
- ½ Tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ Tsp cinnamon powder.
- Start by washing and cutting dries figs into 4 pieces. Remove the stems, if any.
- In a pot add dried figs, water, cardamom pods and brown sugar. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- After 5 minutes, add chia seeds, lemon juice, vanilla extract and cinnamon powder. Mix everything well.
- Switch off the flame and cover the pot. Leave this, till it cools down. At this point, chia seeds will soak up the liquid from the jam.
- Once cooled, run this through a food processor. Do not add any liquid.
- Transfer this to an airtight jar or mason jar. Keep it refrigerated.
- Enjoy this jam with your favorite food.
My Little Notes:
Make sure to wash dried figs well to get rid of any debris and sulfates. I have used organic Black Mission dried figs in this recipe.
Dried figs are a good source of fiber. They are packed with potassium, iron, and minerals, along with vitamins and antioxidants. Figs have been cultivated since ages in warm and semi-arid climates which is similar to the environment in which dates grow. Some of the varieties of figs available in the market are the Black Mission, Kadota, Calimyrna and Brown turkey. I personally prefer dried black mission figs for baby food, as they are sweeter and gives baby purees a sweet earthy taste. While shopping for dried figs, pick packets which are unbroken. Look for any mold or sour smell. Commercially grown figs at times can be treated with sulfites to extend their shelf life. To avoid babies and toddlers getting sulfites in their system, it’s better to go for Organic Dried Figs.
Chia seeds are a good source of protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, and dietary fiber. They are filled with antioxidants. Chia seeds are accepted well from toddlerhood. So I would make sure to introduce chia into a child’s diet after 2 or 3 years of age. Also, please make sure to talk to your pediatrician before introducing any new foods to your child.
Cinnamon has its own share of benefits too. It is an excellent source of manganese, fiber, and calcium. It also controls blood sugar level. Just a smell of cinnamon boost’s brain function. So it is perfect for school going kids as well as for us.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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