Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Jam

So I heard from a little birdy that it’s Thanksgiving this weekend in America…

I’m being sarcastic. There was no little birdy. It’s literally plastered all over my American friends Facebook pages AND Buzzfeed AND my favorite bloggers blogs. There was no escaping the fact that this weekend everyone will put on 5-10 extra pounds of turkey love. Realistically I should have done a workout post, but I guess you’ll be getting enough exercise via Black Friday sales.

Speaking of which – who is daring to step foot in a mall on Friday?

Since I amΒ a bit of a pyscho when it comes to sales, I will most likely be there in full form. Slip on pants, flats, tight tank top, and DEFINITELY no jacket. Credit card tucked in my bra, i’ll be ready to go. Although I am broke from recently purchasing a new iPhone 6S, I do need some winter gear.

My current winter jacket is definitely more for looking good in, rather than feeling warm in. Which is not practical for OntarioΒ winters. And when it comes to winter boots, well, lets just say that my Uggs are both 1) not cool and 2) not slip resistant. Also not practical for hip and styling yet freezing cold Toronto.

So if ANYONE has any good recommendations for both winter jackets and winter boots, this girl is all earzzzz.

Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Jam

Back to the Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Jam – this is kinddd of like the cranberry sauce you’ll have with turkey this weekend – minus the insane amounts of sugar. Also it won’t feel weird when you pair it with peanut butter on toast in the morning! If you ever triedΒ my delicious blueberry jam recipe, you’ll be happy to know this isΒ just as easy to make.

The addition of orange zest and juice to this jam is the perfect addition to the tart berries. The chia seeds soak up a lot of the juices, so every bite is full of flavor. I had mine with peanut butter and toast, but also added it to some Greek yogurt and granola. It’s your chance to be creative!

Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Jam
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jam/Spread
Author: Beverley Cheng
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Cook time:
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Serves: 1.5 Cups
Ingredients
  • 2 C fresh or frozen cranberries (I did half half)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • splash of water
Instructions
  1. Place a saucepan on medium heat, and add your cranberries. Allow them to sizzle and cook for a few minutes as the juices begin to come out.
  2. Stir them round and add the maple syrup and orange juice. Start smushing the berries down with a fork or masher, until you hear them ‘pop.’
  3. Turn the heat down to low, and add the chia seeds. Continue to stir the jam until it reaches your desired consistency. If it gets too thick, add a splash of water.

Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Jam

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  1. THIS will be happening in my kitchen soon. So yum!

    • beverleyc

      27 November

      Yayy!! Do it!!!

  2. kerri mcgrail

    26 November

    That jam looks so good! Cranberries & orange are the perfect combo & I bet chia seeds give it a great texture!

    • beverleyc

      27 November

      I would have to agree with you! My favorite juice is cran and orange mixed together as well

  3. Cayanne Marcus

    26 November

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to get my turkey pounds on today πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your black friday adventures Beverley!

    • beverleyc

      27 November

      Ya girl!! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving

  4. Cailee

    27 November

    Oh wow! What a great recipe! This is like the healthier version of cranberry sauce! YUM! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • beverleyc

      27 November

      My thoughts exactly!! Thanks Cailee

  5. Jen@Jpabstfitness

    27 November

    Looks delicious!
    Happy shopping!! I’m heading out this morning, no malls, just a few stores and then out to breakfast.

    • beverleyc

      27 November

      Ooo good luck! Hopefully no one gets trampled! haha

  6. ooh that looks easy and yummy! Yes you do need a nice warm jacket for your winters.

  7. I love what you’ve done here in removing all the usual sugar!

    I always make cranberry sauce to go with our turkey. This year I’m going to change it and remove the sugar. Thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

    • beverleyc

      3 December

      Ahh glad I could inspire your methods!! I hope it was awesome πŸ™‚

  8. I LOVE my Lole winter jacket! << see I have a thing for Canada πŸ˜‰ It is not overly puffy, semi-long and actually cute! For boots…. I've been rocking some old-school zip sorels which I loved in college, but they're definitely past their prime. I'm a big fan of merrell boots though too!

    • beverleyc

      3 December

      Ashley! I ended up buying a Lole jacket before I even saw your comment!! I am in love with it! Will post a picture soon πŸ™‚

  9. Ashley

    1 December

    What a fun fall / winter flavor for chia seed jam! It sounds wonderful!

  10. I absolutely love how simple and delicious this sounds! I happen to have some cranberries in my freezer that i’ve been trying to find the perfect use for, and I definitely just did, this jam sounds amazing!

    • beverleyc

      3 December

      Haha perfect!! I know, I had cranberries in my freezer for way too long. I finally took charge!

  11. Mmmmm this looks so good and so easy too! Wish I had found this back at Thanksgiving but I guess I’ll just have to make it for Christmas now πŸ˜‰

    • beverleyc

      10 December

      Yes! I’m sure no one will notice a thing =D

  12. Kay

    9 February

    Hi! I want to try this recipe but don’t usually buy/drink orange juice – would hate to buy it for just two spoons and the rest to go to waste! Could I sub it with anything else (lemon juice maybe?) or should I omit it altogether?

    • beverleyc

      9 February

      Hi Kay! I totally understand. For this recipe I actually squeezed juice from the orange itself πŸ™‚ However, definitely feel free to use lemon juice. I just did it for the added sweetness and truly you don’t even need it at all.

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