Honey mangos come into peak season from mid-March to mid-July making now the perfect time to make this chia jam. Winter has not been long this year, but since mid-January, we have experienced a great deal of snowfall in a short amount of time and spring could not come soon enough.
Tropical fruits can really brighten your day and improve your mood, this chia jam made from ripe mangoes and amazingly sour and flavourful passion fruit is just the thing you need to bring the tropics into your hygge winter home.
The first time I tried passion fruit was in yogurt and it did not do the fruit justice. The second time was at Whole Foods, I sampled some passion fruit gelato and my mind was blown. I’m going to see if I can sprout a passion fruit plant from a seed this summer because being able to just pick it off a vine would be heavenly.
Mangos are a wonderful source of fibre, antioxidants and nutrients. This beautiful tropical, bright yellow stone fruit is an amazing source of vitamin C, beta carotene and folate. It aids in lowering blood sugar levels, balancing blood pressure, boosting brain performance, supporting bone health and aiding in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Its vitamin C count aids in boosting one’s immune system, the beta carotene aids in reducing signs of ageing and mango’s fibre and B6 content helps to prevent constipation.
Passion fruit is natures sour candy. There are two types a small purple skinned fruit (Passiflora edulis) and a larger yellow-skinned fruit (Passiflora flavicarpa). I have tried both an prefer the purple one. They are incredibly rich in fibre and are a source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium.
Chia seeds are an amazing source of fibre and they are what helps this jam stick together. These “super seeds” are high in dietary fibre, omega fatty acids (both omega 3 and omega 6), calcium, antioxidants and protein as well as iron and potassium. This makes them an incredible functional food, for these tiny seeds aid in increasing satiety index, preventing cardiovascular disease, reducing inflammation, protecting the nervous system and balancing blood sugar.
Mango Passion Fruit Chia Jam
- 1 ripe honey mango
- 1 purple skin passion fruit
- 1/2 lemon (juice)
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- Remove the skin from the mango, and then the flesh from the seed. Add the mango to a food processor, as well as the lemon juice and puree.
- In a jar add the pureed mix. Scoop out the flesh and seeds from the passion fruit add it to the jar, add in the chia seeds. Using a spoon combine the ingredients until well incorporated.
- Let it sit for an hour in the fridge to set. This will last in the fridge for up to one week covered.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.