Sunday mornings at our house usually consists of using up the left over groceries to make some fun concoctions. Usually that would be smoothies or soup but after a very successful Costco shop earlier in the week (almost stayed on budget and found a large quantity of organic strawberries) I decided to make some Strawberry Cha- cha-cha chia Jam.
This stuff tastes like it shouldn’t be good for you and that can be hard with no refined sugar, but I swear its better than that glass jar of Smuckers you’ve got in the ol’ pantry.
Strawberry Chia Jam: It’s so versatile and is super simple to make. You can use it the old fashion way and spread it on toast, add it onto your morning oats or get real fancy and make a dessert parfait (blog entry to come!). The best thing? It will last at least a week in the fridge in a jar or air tight container.
A bonus is this jam is healthy! This recipe is made with chia seeds, those magical little seeds are jammed full of all kinds of healthy omega-3’s, iron, fiber, calcium and protein. Like I said I haven’t added any refined sugar and instead I’ve used my go-to natural sweetener maple syrup.
So really…Who needs that store bought sugar filled jam when you’ve got this nutritious alternative. Now if only I could find a Costco size jar…..
//Strawberry chia jam//
Approximately: 1 medium jar
Time to Prepare: 20 minutes + Chill time: 2 hours
- 3 large cups of hulled strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 TBSP Maple syrup
- 2 TBSP Chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Medium saucepan
How to get it going:
- In your saucepan add your strawberries and maple syrup.
- Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, keep stirring.
- After about 6-7 minutes start to mash up the strawberries. (not too much)
- Now stir in the Chia seeds and cook for approximately 15 mins, stirring occasionally.
- Once the jam is starting to look like jam and thickens then take off the heat and add the vanilla.
- Let it cool and add to a jar.
Will keep in the fridge for just over a week!