You'd think being a professional writer as well as lover of everything citrus and consuming vast quantities of the stuff that I'd be able to spell "marmalade". But you'd be wrong. Thankfully, before I went to work on this post, I Googled the word (like I should have done before I posted my homemade eggnog recipe only to find out it's "eggnog" not "egg nog") and found out it's marmalade with an a. Not marmelade with an e. And with that literary rant over, we can get onto the good stuff!
You guys fell head over heels for my healthy three-ingredient strawberry chia seed jam recipe, so I decided to carry on the theme and this time experiment with a healthy marmalade recipe based on chia seeds. Thankfully, chia seed jams and marmalades are so difficult to mess up that very little experimentation was required before I made the perfect batch of marmalade.
This marmalade recipe is a bit on the tart side - just like marmalade is meant to be. But if you love sweet stuff, I'd suggest you double up on the honey and use ¼ of a cup instead of 2 tablespoons. The texture will be exactly the same, you'll just end up with a wonderfully sweet and jam-like marmalade instead of the traditional bordering-on-bitter stuff.
Would you like to see more chia seed recipes around here? I know that chia seeds are packed full of amazing nutritional benefits which will give us all super powers if we eat them every day. That is why they're classed as a super food, right? But to be honest, apart from the strawberry jam and the orange marmalade, I rarely do anything exciting with them. I cannot stand the texture of them in chia seed puddings and the like, so I usually just add them into my morning oatmeal and soups.
But like I said, let me know if you'd like to see some chia seed recipes posted on the blog in the comments below and I'll find a way of getting them to you!
- 4 oranges
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Peel the oranges and put the insides into a small saucepan. Don't worry about chopping them up - the heat will break down the oranges completely.
- Turn the heat up to medium and cook the oranges for 10 minutes, until they start to soften.
- Add in the honey and stir. Cook the mixture for another 5 minutes, constantly mashing the oranges with the back of a spoon to help them break down.
- When the oranges have totally broken down and you've got a sauce-like consistency, turn off the heat and stir in the chia seeds.
- Pour the marmalade into a small sterilised jar and leave to cool to room temperature for at least two hours before screwing the lid on and storing in the fridge.
This chia seed marmalade will store well inside a sealed container in the fridge for up to one month.
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