Chia Orange Marmalade

I’m picky about the sweeteners that are used in commercial sugar-free jams. So don’t complain, make something better, right? Here’s a delicious marmalade sweetened with liquid stevia and thickened with chia seeds. Nutritious (the chia seed’s calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3s are through the roof), and purely citrus-tasting. Now that’s more like it!


Chia Orange Marmalade
Yield: a little over 1/2 a cup (Eleven 1-tablespoon servings)

1/2 an orange* (1/2 cup), roughly chopped in a food processor
A few drops of liquid stevia (be sure to taste-test)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds

Note: for a more beautiful marmalade, peel the orange, cut the peel into tiny, short, slivers, and use white chia seeds. If you’re in a hurry, just follow this recipe!

In a pan, cover the orange with water, add the stevia and lemon juice, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes. Do not allow the water to evaporate and burn the orange. Take the orange off the heat, stir in the chia seeds, and leave to cool.

Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for at least two hours before using, so the chia seeds have a chance to rehydrate and thicken up the marmalade.

*The orange in this recipe can be replaced by a 1/2 cup grapefruit, lime, tangerine, kumquat, etc.

Note: If doubling this recipe, please note that this marmalade will only keep well for up to one week, refrigerated.