There were a few months of my life when I drank chia water every day. I was training for my first marathon and my friend told me to read Born to Run and Born to Run told me to drink iskiate, a chia-based, Mexican-born energy drink that will help you run 18 miles without blinking an eye. Or something like that.
Ever since then, I’ve thought chia seeds were magical. Besides turning you into a super-athlete (this didn’t happen for me, by the way), they can turn milk—or coconut milk or almond mix or oat milk—into pudding. And, apparently, mashed up fruit into thick, spreadable, toast-worthy jam.
No granulated sugar. No cooking.
Not that I have anything against sugar or cooking. But sometimes you need a break. Maybe you want something sweet, just not too sweet. Maybe it’s 114 degrees outside (or feels like it, what’s the difference) and you refuse to turn on your oven and stove. We’ve all been there.
Enter chia jam to the rescue. Here’s how:
Mix everyone together. Refrigerate for at least a half hour or until thick. In the meantime, tell your peanut butter to take a deep breath and get ready. Lunchtime is about to get crazy.
This article was originally published in June 2018. We're bringing it back because it's even hotter out now than it was then. Have you made chia jam before? What kind? Tell us in the comments.