Monday, July 8, 2013

Recipe: Fig (Or Fruit) Chia Seed Jam

Apart from family (of course), one thing my grandpa LOVED was his fig trees. Fig trees produce figs and when picked at the right time, provide a yummy treat. My grandpa especially enjoyed preserved figs and would eat four figs every day on a slice of bread. I often heard him say that he couldn’t eat more than four a day because it would raise his blood sugar. It’s no wonder the fig preserves aided in raising his blood sugar – as a child, I often helped my grandparents can figs and looking back, I am appalled at how much sugar went into the pot!

My mom and I were discussing the fig canning process over lunch yesterday and toyed with the idea of eliminating white processed sugar from the mix. Figs alone are sweet enough as is!

After lunch, we decided to pick a few figs to conduct our experiment…


These are my grandpa’s fig trees – absolutely HUGE and overflowing with figs! (He has four trees total – two large ones and two small ones.)


I wore long sleeves because I’m allergic to something in the fig leaves – they cause me to break out in itchy welts!


Yummy ripe goodness!


In honor of my grandfather’s 93rd birthday today (and exactly one week since his passing), I give you my fig jam experiment!  Happy Birthday, Paw Paw! We sure miss you lots!

Chia Seed Fig Jam

(Can be made with any soft or berry type fruit)
Adapted from: Oh She Glows Chia Seed Jam

3 cups of sliced figs (or fruit)
3 tbsp pure maple syrup (or more if you wish the jam sweeter – 3 tbsp was perfect for figs because they are sweet as is)
1/2 cup water (eliminate this step if using berries – use water with figs only)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a medium-sized pot, bring the figs (or berries), maple syrup, and water to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low-medium to simmer for about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the figs/fruit with a potato masher or fork, leaving some for texture.

Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens to your desired consistency, or about 10 minutes (may need longer if working with berries, figs only need about 10 minutes). Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.

Once the jam is as thick as you’d like, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add more maple syrup to taste if desired. Enjoy!  The jam should keep for at least a week in an air-tight container in the fridge.


Once I arrived home, I began the process of cleaning and de-stemming the figs.


The figs were then chopped into chunks until 3 cups were measured.


Here’s my medium pot, 3 cups of figs, maple syrup, and 1/2 cup water (already in the pan).


Figs after simmering for 5 minutes in water/maple syrup, then being smashed with…well, I’m not actually sure what the proper use of this utensil is (but it’s what I had handy at the time). Enlighten me if you know, please! :0)


Ready for chia seeds and vanilla!


Getting thicker!


I made two complete batches which filled 9 small canning jars.


All great chefs taste their final product, right? Well, I’m no great chef, but I did have to try a sample of my work! I enjoyed a slice of Whole Foods Seduction bread with a spoonful of my homemade fig jam and a cup of David’s Banana Dream Pie tea after dinner. The consistency of the jam was just right and the taste was not overpoweringly sweet. I’d say my experiment was a success! I’ll definitely make more of this in the future!

Also, I had to use my Princess 2012 mug in honor of the runDisneyChat hosted by Team Run Disney on Twitter last night. If you missed out, there will be another runDisneyChat on August 18th. Check out the Team Run Disney Facebook for more information!

Have you ever canned fruit or made preserves/jam? What’s your favorite preserves/jam flavor?


  1. That sounds delicious! And what a cool way to remember your grandfather! Makes me wish I had any sort of fruit growing here. The squirrels ate my strawberry plants (not the berries, the whole plants).

    1. Oh no! So sorry for your strawberry mom and I talked about her squirrel/fruit problem yesterday! She doesn't have much luck with fruit at her house, either. :0/ Darn squirrels!

  2. That sounds so yummy!!! I had no idea figs had so much sugar in them though. And the name of your utensil is the Pampered Chef Mix 'n Chop! Love that utensil!!! :-)

    1. Aah! Thank you!! I use it a lot, just never realized what it was for! Hah!

  3. This sounds amazing! I have actually been saying the last couple days that I need to look for a jam recipe because our raspberry bushes are producing fruit like crazy and I seriously think I have eaten my weight in raspberries every day for the past week (not a bad problem but we would like to be able to savor some of this yumminess for later in the year).

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Ooh this recipe would taste delicious with raspberries! Yum! If you try it, let me know how it turns out! :0)

  4. I just made this jam with figs and cherries. It turned out sooooooo good. I have been making jam like crazy since I discovered how easy it is to do it with chia seeds. Rhubarb is another one of my face jam ingredients :)

    1. Cherries! What a fabulous idea! I bet it tasted great! Never tried Rhubarb, either...thanks for the suggestions!

  5. Wow, this sounds good. I'm impressed with your domestic goddess-ness. ;)

    I love fig jam in brie en croute. What a delicious treat!

    1. Hah...I don't know about all that, but I do love to cook! :0) Fig jam and brie...YUM!!

  6. I've never seen a fig! I'm not sure they grow around here... but that looks yummy!

    1. They might not...I'm not sure if fig trees are a regional thing or not! Good question! Thanks...the jam was/is delicious!

  7. Oh my goodness, YUM!! I've been wanting to try this. And I love that your recipe is only a few Tbsp of sweetener, rather than cups of sugar that go into most jellies!

  8. I've sadly never been a fan of figs, but you have reminded me that I haven't canned in a while, so I need to work on doing some more canning soon

  9. Hello. You mentioned that you're allergic to something in the fig leaves.... the sap in fig (& poinsettias) is very similar to latex. May I suggest you be cautious of latex products until you are sure it's not an issue for you? Two items that still have latex that can catch you off guard are gloves at the doctors/ dentist office and condoms. Latex allergic reactions can be severe. Hope it's a non-issue for you! Jon, RN

    1. Hey Jon! I'm an RN, latex allergy here! Appreciate the info! :0)


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