by Mary Beth
I have been reading about chia seeds lately. Apparently, they are not only super nutritious, but also very useful in baking. I had been putting them on bananas with peanut butter, or tossing some into my baked goods, but it appears you can use them to make jam without pectin!
I have never successfully made jam, so I borrowed a recipe from Oh She Glows. Here it is with Solar modification:
Solar Apple Jam
3 apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
3/4 cup apple juice
4 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
Dump all ingredients into your baking dish and stir. Bake covered for a few hours till apples are tender, then remove from solar oven and mash slightly with a potato masher. Store in the refrigerator.
Rating: surprisingly easy and good. I thought it would be more like an apple sauce, but the chia seeds form a gel that gives it a jam texture, and the apple juice makes it very sweet. This was easy and yummy!
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