Spreads made from fruit only. A 100% fruit spread made with no added sugars, preferably organic, is your healthiest bet. Natural jams and jellies allow the natural taste of its fruits come through and that typically will keep you from missing the added sugars.
That question got me thinking and motivated me to action. Instead of purchasing a fruit spread, I decided I would make one. In doing so, not only would I know it is the real deal, but I would make extra for my sister in-law as well!
- 3 cups fresh or frozen organic raspberries
- 3 tbsp orange juice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients except the vanilla in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a light boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10-12 minutes. Stirring often.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool 20 minutes. The jam will thicken as it cools. If you prefer a smoother jam, use a bullet or hand blender to puree to the desired consistency.
TIP: Real fruit only spreads will last about a month in the refrigerator. To prevent early spoilage keep it in the back of the fridge where it stays colder than items placed on the door.