I love jam. I’ll just say it. I love going to weird little food stores and buying unique jam, like fig coconut mango or lavender lemon strawberry. When I was a kid, like most other kids, I loved spreading grape jam all over white bread and making a huge pb&j. And I love making my own jam. There’s nothing like some chia blueberry jam in the morning. And I could eat this strawberry jam with Thai herbs any time and any place.
The white bread has now changed to sprouted whole wheat, but my love for jam remains the same. And hey, there are a lot of ways jam make its way into my diet. I enjoy swirling it in oatmeal, plopping it onto Greek yogurt, and sometimes I heat it up in the microwave and spread it over pancakes instead of syrup. Serious about jam, folks. ❤️
But the jam I have most often is chia jam because…well chia is just so darn good for you. Plus I like to hide chia in fruit because sometimes the taste is a little weirdly strong for me otherwise. Some people say chia doesn’t have a taste. My taste buds say otherwise. 😀
I see a lot of chia jams out there, but not many involving oranges. I had a surplus of citrus and thought this would be perfect.
Now the question of the hour is this: should this actually be called orange jam or should it be called marmalade? What does a substance have to include to get the title “marmalade”? Does having orange in it automatically make it marmalade? Or does it have to do with spices? And do we even care? 😄 Maybe I’m thinking about this too much.
Whatever this is, it’s delicious. And it makes a nice, tropical-tasting pb&j. Fresh ginger is always my friend. Now we can only hope the marmalade police don’t come knocking…😉
- 5 medium oranges
- 2-3 tbsp honey or agave
- ½ tsp fresh ginger
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Place oranges in a medium saucepan over medium low heat along with honey, ginger, and cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes, breaking up the oranges with a wooden spoon.
- Add in the chia and summer for an additional 5 minutes, or until thickened.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Cool to room temperature, then pulse in a food processor until smooth.