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Raspberry or Blackberry BASIL SEED Jam is a Paleo, Vegan, Raw or Keto Low Carb recipe that takes just 5 minutes to make. This condiment is similar to chia seed jam but healthier. Refined-sugar-free and nutritious + full of soluble fiber, this recipe has just 4 ingredients.
This recipe is also appropriate for the full GAPS diet.
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What are basil seeds
If you’re new to basil seeds, they’re really similar to chia seeds, but they’re actually gentler to digest because they’re lectin-free.
Basil seeds are also SUPER high in soluble fiber, so: great for those who struggle with constipation or who just know they need more fiber in their diets.
A few more key features of basil seeds:
- They’ve been popular in Asia for thousands of years, and are used for largely medicinal purposes.
- Now, they’re easy to find in the West because they’ve become popular! Find my favorite ones here.
- The seeds should always be soaked first, and swell up to about 30 times their original size.
- They taste floral and a lot like subtle basil, so they go great with berries and most other foods.
- You can bake with them, put them in smoothies and lots more.
- Read A LOT more about basil seeds and how to prepare them HERE.
Ingredients in Basil Seed Jam
- frozen berries — I use frozen berries in this recipe because when they defrost in a bowl, a lot of good juices are produced, that help to create a juicy jam. (To make this recipe with fresh berries, see the Recipe Notes below the main recipe.)
- basil seeds
- fresh lime juice or lemon juice
- sweetener of choice — For Paleo, choose between pure maple syrup and raw honey, for full GAPS diet, choose raw honey, for Vegan, choose between maple syrup and raw agave, for Keto and Low Carb, choose a liquid low carb sweetener like allulose.
How to make Raspberry or Blackberry Basil Seed Jam
Depending on the texture you want and the kitchen tools you have, this Basil Seed Jam can be made one of a few ways:
- The easiest method takes just 5 minutes: Stir together all of the ingredients in a bowl. Allow to thicken a minimum of 15 minutes and serve. This jam method yields a jam with a little crunch from the seeds, which blends nicely with the natural texture of raspberries and blackberries. (My husband didn’t even notice the basil seeds. He just thought it was Raspberry Jam.)
- The second method, which I think most of you will like the most is to do the same as above, but after the mixture thickens: blend it! (Or, blend half of it.) Just about 15 seconds in a blender, food processor, good quality spice/coffee grinder (like these) or using a hand blender, yields a very jam-like, I would say perfect, jam texture. See the Blackberry Jam on the toast in the photo below for this texture.
- Lastly, if you prefer somewhere in the middle or don’t own a blender, you can make a meal from the seeds before stirring together all of the ingredients. In the Raspberry Jam photos seen here, I made basil seed meal from only 1 tablespoon of the total 1/4 cup basil seeds used in the recipe. This thickened the jam nicely but still kept some of the original seed texture. You can make meal with the full 1/4 cup seeds or any portion of them. In the recipe below, I suggest making meal from 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the seeds, and leaving the other 2 Tablespoons whole, which turns out nicely. As you wish.
How to make basil seed meal if you choose that option for your recipe
- Use a spice/coffee grinder. Blend for about 10 seconds.
- Grind seeds in a mortar and pestle. Granite (like this one) works best.
How to serve Raspberry or Blackberry Basil Seed Jam
Oh yum, here’s the fun part, and you probably already know what to do! Serve:
- on toast or bread
- with waffles, chaffles and pancakes
- over or under yogurt, or layered in a parfait
- in a spoon
- on top of ice cream
- as a sundae with chocolate sauce
- swirled with batter before baking a cake
- stirred loosely with caramel sauce
- alternated with chocolate ganache anywhere
- on granola, porridge, n’oatmeal or overnight oats
- with certain roasted meats, like pork tenderloin
- garnished with fresh mint or other herbs
- as any variation of a PB&J, with almond butter, sunbutter, PB etc.
- with chocolate cake or chocolate muffins
Raspberry or Blackberry Basil Seed Jam (Paleo, Vegan, Raw, Keto)
- bowl and spoon/fork
- blender, food processor, spice/coffee grinder or hand blender: not essential but ideal to have one of these
- 1 10-ounce bag (about 2 cups) frozen raspberries or blackberries fully defrosted with all their juices (To make this recipe with fresh berries, see the Recipe Notes below.)
- ¼ cup basil seeds
- 3 Tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice maple syrup, honey or agave; for Keto and Low Carb, use liquid allulose or similar
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice fresh, or lemon juice
- Blended recipe option: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir well. Allow to thicken for 15 to 30 minutes. Blend all or half of the recipe. You can use a blender, food processor, hand blender or even a good quality electric spice/coffee grinder. Blend briefly, about 10 to 15 seconds. Transfer to storage jar or serve.
- Variation that doesn't blend the jam: *Blend 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the dry basil seeds in an electric spice/coffee grinder (or mortar & pestle) until they become meal, about 15 seconds. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir well, including the basil seed meal. Allow to thicken 15 to 30 minutes. Serve or store. (*Note: you don't have to blend any of the seeds into meal if you don't want to.)
- Basil Seed Jam lasts in the fridge one week, or possibly longer.
How to make Basil Seed Jam with fresh berriesThe recipe is the same with fresh berries, but the order of Instructions is different. We first blend the berries and other ingredients, so juices are produced, and then allow the jam to thicken.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir well.
- Blend all or half of the recipe. You can use a blender, food processor, hand blender (or even a good quality electric spice/coffee grinder in batches). (Or, if you don't have a blender, you can smash the berries with a potato masher or similar, and then stir the ingredients again.) Blend briefly, about 10 to 15 seconds.
- Allow to thicken for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer to storage jar or serve.
The following nutritional data is for the Keto Low Carb version of the recipe.
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Who knew that it was so easy to make a delicious jam that is hearty and full of so much goodness! Love that it is raw vegan and easy on my tummy too!
Great, ChihYu, I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipe! Thanks for your comment. 🙂
I am new to basil seeds! The jam looks wonderful . . is there a good place to source them?
Hi Jennifer, I order them. My favorite brand on Amazon is this one: https://amzn.to/3rDkCCv I haven’t found them yet in local natural food stores. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and the jam!! 🙂