Strawberry Chia Jam is the perfect, sweet, and fresh addition to your toast, bagel, or muffin. Of course, it’s delicious all on its own but, definitely will do a great job of jazzing up other foods as well. Chia seeds add a delicious and healthy aspect to this delightfully easy spread.
Are you a busy parent looking for an easy way to sneak in something healthy?! Or do you enjoy a homemade gift from your kitchen? Have you guys jumped on the chia jam train yet? What’s your go-to quick breakfast when you’re short on time?
Well, here’s a super fast homemade jam for you guys! This one came together in – wait for it – 10 MINUTES and everyone loves it so much. Way better than another peanut butter and jam sandwich.
Among all the healthy recipes I’ve shared, this recipe has been a long time coming. This easy chia jam is a delicious way to eat more berries on a regular basis. And not to forget, it’s better than store-bought jam because you can control the amount of sugar and it’s gluten-free, too.
Why strawberry chia jam?
- You can modify the recipe easily. Basic math might be required but I promise you to keep it as simple as possible.
- No need to worry about canning. (thank God!)
- This recipe works with nearly any juicy fruit, including pineapple. What about frozen strawberries or other frozen fruit? Yep, it works like magic!
- Easy-to-follow recipe. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.
How to make this strawberry chia jam?
Making homemade jam doesn’t require any special equipment or fancy ingredients. So you can keep that potato masher in the drawer. The main ingredients you need are strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Place them in a pot with a splash of water, and stir frequently once you add that chia seeds.
What benefits do chia seeds have?
Although those little black seeds seem small and maybe a little odd for most of us, they’re packed full of amazing nutrients. The fact that they’re rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are an excellent source for antioxidants is enough to get me to eat them. However, they also provide iron, calcium, and fiber which are vital daily nutrients. These nutrients all come together to help protect against heart attacks and strokes. Yep, that little seed is that amazing.
What are some ways to make/prepare chia seeds?
One of the simplest ways is to add them to water. You can also add chopped fruit or squeeze in a lemon, lime, or orange. However, I like mine in a smoothie or overnight oats with maple syrup.
How do you hide chia seeds in food?
This is a popular question since eating chia seeds isn’t so easy or pleasant. Chia seeds are relatively tasteless and easily hidden in most foods such as yogurt, smoothies, jams, oatmeal, or other foods with a little liquid involved. The seeds absorb the liquid and turn mushy. This is where people usually end up having a problem with the texture. However, this is why I love them in this Strawberry Chia Jam so much. They end up with the same consistency which allows all those great nutrients from those chia seeds to be utilized without freaking out your taste buds too much.
If you’ve held back on using or trying chia seeds due to the texture or based on looks alone, I urge you to give this easy Strawberry Chia Jam a try. I guarantee it will change your mind and pleasantly surprise you on taste and some extra fiber and some omega-3’s that chia seeds offer.
You might be thinking, “Those chia seeds are so strange, I’m not touching them with a ten-foot pole.” I promise, they seem odd at first but, will win your heart over if you only give them a chance. If you’ve never had chia seeds before, this Strawberry Chia Jam is the perfect way to test them out. Especially because it utilizes their tendency to get mushy in the best way possible.
Some other recipes you might want to try this Summer:
10-Minute Chia Seed Jam
- 1 pack of strawberries 454g or 16oz hulled and quartered
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar or adjust depending on ripeness and sweetness of strawberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
- In a small bowl, mix the water and chia seeds then set aside.
- Place the strawberries in a small pot with a 2 tablespoons of water and the sugar, over medium-low heat simmer until strawberries release their juice and have softened about 10 minutes. Turn heat off then mix in the lime or lemon juice until well combined. Now mix in the hydrated chia seeds and stir until well combined. Allow to come to room temperature and thicken up, then pour into container.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator, the jam will stay fresh for up to one week — if it lasts you that long! You can now enjoy it on top of your favorite toast, as a topping for yogurt or any dessert, pancakes, crepes or anything you’d normally put jam on. This recipe makes one and two-thirds cup of jam, you can easily double it or triple as desired.