2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
2 Tablespoons water (omit if using frozen berries)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
3 Tablespoons chia seeds (white or black)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 orange (used for fresh juice (1 Tablespoon) and zest (¼ teaspoon))
Agave nectar (optional for additional sweetness)
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat add raspberries, water and honey (omit the water if using frozen berries), bring to a boil and mash the raspberries with a fork to break them down to desired consistency. Reduce heat and simmer for additional 3-4 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
Take pan off the heat. Add chia seeds, vanilla, ¼ teaspoon orange zest and 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice (Use a zester to zest orange to obtain ¼ teaspoon zest. Cut orange in quarters and squeeze to obtain 1 Tablespoon juice). Stir to thoroughly combine.
Taste jam. Add a splash of agave nectar for additional sweetness or additional chia seeds for thicker consistency. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.