Orange Zest and Cranberry Chia Jam

Stir it into your oats or yogurt, slather onto toast or a waffle, pair it with a cheese board. Whatever you do with it, this easy orange zest and cranberry chia jam will bring a delicious burst of flavor.

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Cranberry orange chia jam is so incredibly easy to make, you’ll want to make it all the time. It’s great slathered on a piece of toast or stirred into your morning yogurt. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free, too!

I don’t know what it is but as soon as it starts getting colder outside I crave jam. Especially homemade jam (see strawberry chia jam for reference). I don’t feel like this is normal behavior, but it happens every. single. year. This cranberry chia jam did not disappoint my jam craving one bit. The chia jam is a little tart from the cranberries with just a touch of sweetness. You can always add more sugar if you prefer, but I think the ratio I provided has the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This cranberry orange chia jam is great on a piece of toast but I think it would also make a stellar topping for a turkey sandwich the day after thanksgiving instead of using cranberry sauce.

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I also have a great recipe that uses some of the cranberry orange chia jam that you aren’t going to want to miss. It’s SUPER easy, gluten-free (obviously) AND vegan and you won’t need any special ingredients besides your favorite gluten-free flour blend and this awesome chia jam. So get making this jam so you’re ready to go with our next recipe! Check out the muffins swirled with this jam here.

What would YOU slather this cranberry orange chia jam on? Toast? Waffle? Maybe a turkey sandwich? Tell me in the comments! If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram and use hashtag #adashofmegnut so I can see it! I love to see your creations!

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Orange Zest and Cranberry Chia Jam
 
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Stir it into your oats or yogurt, slather onto toast or a waffle, pair it with a cheese board. Whatever you do with it, this easy orange zest and cranberry chia jam will bring a delicious burst of flavor.
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Recipe Type: Jam
Serves: about 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp orange zest (from 1 orange)
Instructions
  1. Add fresh cranberries, orange juice, water, granulated sugar and salt to a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, about 12-15 minutes.
  2. Allow to cook until cranberries start to break down and burst, about an additional 5 minutes. Crush with a spoon to break down the cranberries a bit more.
  3. Stir in chia seeds and orange zest.
  4. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cook and thicken completely.

 

Megan Hastings

Chicago food blogger specializing in gluten-free and other allergy friendly recipes showing you that just because you have food allergies and intolerances does not mean you can't eat and live deliciously!

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