A much more nutritious version of traditional strawberry jam, this recipe has a ton less sugar and the added benefits of chia seeds. Plus, it's so easy!
We've been using this jam on things like sourdough toast, in oatmeal and on these delicious quick biscuits from Epicure. The jam has only a splash of maple syrup in it and tastes plenty sweet for us. Makes me wonder if traditional jam recipes really need cups and cups of refined white sugar! The fresh strawberries are definitely the star of the recipe and obviously have their own health benefits, but I want to highlight the chia seeds because I think chia is a hidden gem!
They're a good source of omega 3 fatty acids-these are important for our nervous system, hormones and digestive function. Our body can't produce these so we must get them from food. Omega 3s also help reduce inflammation which is important for mental health, as well as can help regulate blood sugar levels
Chia seeds are also loaded with antioxidants which help remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals can critically damage cells.
They're a good source of fiber-also essential to mental health
Now for the quick, easy jam recipe!
Begin by putting the strawberries into a saucepan. Cook them over medium high heat until they start to get soft and the mixture is simmering. Mash the berries to create your desired consistency. I like some chunk left in my jam but you might want to make it as smooth as you can! Stir in the chia seeds, lemon juice and a splash of maple syrup which is totally optional, you might want to taste it before adding any sweetener. Depending on your berries, they might be sweet enough on their own. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool and thicken, about 10 minutes or less.
You can use the jam right away or keep it in the fridge for about 1 week. If you want it even smoother, once it's cooled, you can run it through the blender.
1 cup strawberries, frozen or fresh
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
maple syrup or honey, to taste
Add strawberries to a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until they begin to soften and break down. Mash them with a potato masher or fork to create your desired consistency.
Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice. Taste, and if you want, add some sweetener.
Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool and thicken for 10 minutes.
Enjoy the jam right away or store in the fridge for up to 1 week.