Smashed Berry + Vanilla Jam

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One of my favourite things to make this time of year is my purely delicious smashed berry and vanilla jam. I love serving it in so many different ways like spooning over fresh made ricotta and serving with organic sourdough or enjoying a spoonful with lush organic yoghurt and healthy chef protein for a quick milkshake; I even love making a fabulous Christmas trifle with spoonfuls of smashed berry jam,  fresh coconut cream and almond crumble. My recipe takes about 5 minutes to create and it keeps well for about 4 days in the fridge. You will absolutely love how irresistible and delicious this jam really is.

What’s great about it:
Berries are loaded with antioxidants + polyphenols to protect agains disease and inflammation and promote optimum health and vitality.  A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that adding strawberries to your meals slowed the insulin responses by delaying the absorption of sugars in the digestive tract. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that increases storage of fat, protein and glucose.  It’s main effect in regard to fat is to block lipolysis (oxidation of fat).Chia seeds are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are essential for good health. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly.

500 g (17 1/2 oz) strawberries, washed with stalks removed
300 g (10 1/2 oz) raspberries
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste / extract or pods from 1/2 vanilla bean
2 fresh dates, pitted or a little stevia
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Combine 250 g (8 1/2 oz) strawberries, vanilla and dates into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary. I love it a little tart and less sweet.
Spoon the strawberry puree into a bowl.
Add the chia seed and mix through.
Smash the raspberries and add to the strawberry puree.
Dice the other 250 g (8 1/2 oz) of strawberries then add to the strawberry puree.
Allow the berry jam to settle and develop for 30 minutes in your refrigerator.
Serve anyway you love – it’s Purely Delicious !

Add 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses to the jam.
Add other berries such as blueberries, goji or black berries.
Add a little grated star anis
Add the zest and a little juice of 1/2 orange
Use manuka honey in place of dates.

Serving suggestions:
Spoon onto fresh ricotta that is spread onto warm toasted sourdough.
Fill berry and vanilla jam in between a home made vanilla sponge cake made from organic eggs.
Use for your next trifle and serve with home made organic custard.
Dollop over home made pumpkin or vanilla scones.
Blend with fresh made cashew nut milk and combine with healthy chef protein and organic superfood for a quick delicious smoothie on the go.
Add a spoonful into your bircher muesli and serve with banana and blueberry and almonds.
Spoon over fresh made ricotta pancakes and serve with lush bio yoghurt.


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15 Responses to “Smashed Berry + Vanilla Jam”
  1. Christina says:

    Yum! My farmers market have started stocking the most gorgeous fragrant strawberries – will try this recipe this weekend! Love how easy/no fuss it is! Thanks Teresa – xx

  2. Oh gosh, this looks delish!
    Would make a perfect homemade chrissy pres too.

  3. Bri says:

    Yum! How long do you think this would last in the fridge?

  4. shauna says:

    hey hon, awesome looking recipe, do you have one for the vanilla sponge cake you suggested??? ;)

  5. Ellen says:

    Will definitely be giving this a try. Love your work with the green smoothies, have been making mine with banana and mango as they’re in season here! Thanks for fresh ideas.

  6. I love the idea of a healthy jam! And so quick and easy to make :) Great recipe Teresa.

  7. Annette says:

    Hi Teresa, I love the fact that this jam is so low in added processed sugar! And most of the ingredients are already in the pantry – bonus!
    Do you think this would work as well with frozen berries?

  8. Renae says:

    This sounds delicious! Would love to give as gifts for xmas, how long will they last in the fridge?

  9. Ruth says:

    I’ve been making the blueberry jam for almost a year now. I use practically the same recipe with mixed berries and have done strawberries as well. I am tickled pink about this recipe! Alright, gotta go make jam! Cheers!

  10. Nicole says:

    I made this jam and it was delicious!! I served some with a chocolate cake (absolutely divine!) and gave a jar to a friend – she loved it too, even her husband who loves sweet things! I used one extra date as I wasn’t sure how sweet it would be but it was perfect! Would definitely make it again.

  11. Julie says:


    Just finished making this after scoring 15 pummels of strawberries for $8 at the markets today and I’m in love!! I was worried it would be gritty with all the chia seeds but it’s not, it’s beautiful jam. My gran always made rosella jam and I like how this is still a little tart like that was.
    Going to try it through my porridge tomorrow, can’t wait!
    Truly love your recipes and the education you give.

  12. Sally says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Would this keep in the freezer?
    I’m keen to make the most of strawberries in season.

  13. Christine says:

    Took advantage of all those luscious strawberries available right now and whipped up this jam. So easy! New go to – instead of standing around the supermarket peering at jam labels looking for more fruit less sugar. Even cleaned the blender jug by making a delish smoothie. Love it! Thanks Teresa.

  14. Melissa says:

    Can you use frozen berries instead of fresh for this jam recipe? Thanks!

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