This apple pie jam is healthy, refined sugar free, contains no pectin, and tastes just like apple pie in a jar. It has the added bonus of both chia seeds as well as date paste which gives this jam a delightful texture plus plenty of extra nutritional value.
For this jam recipe I chose to use half granny smith and half golden delicious apples, because my sister (who makes the most delicious pies I’ve ever tasted) assures me that’s the ideal combination for apple pie.
Combining apples with date paste works perfectly in this recipe because the date paste thickens the jam slightly and adds a caramely flavour which compliments the apples so nicely. The addition of chia seeds give this apple jam extra nutritional value since chia seeds are a good source of both fibre and omega 3. Plus the chia seeds thicken the consistency of the jam nicely. If you’d rather omit the chia seeds, just boil the jam for 10 minutes longer to achieve a similar consistency without the chia seeds.
Spread this healthy jam on fresh bread, toast, or muffins for breakfast or a snack. Or add a spoonful on top of crackers and aged cheddar and serve as an autumn themed hor d’oeuvre. This would also be amazing as a yogourt or ice cream topping or in a smoothie.
Apple Pie Jam Recipe
4 cups peeled and finely chopped apples (preferably half granny smith and half golden delicious, but feel free to substitute a different variety)
3/4 cup date paste (see my date paste recipe for instructions)
4 cups water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Add all the ingredients to a pot and bring to a hard boil, then continue to boil for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add the chia seeds, then let the jam cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Alternatively you can omit the chia seeds and boil the jam for an additional 10 minutes to achieve a similar consistency. Makes 3 1/2 cups of apple pie jam.