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This Strawberry Chia Seed Jam was supposed to be a regular jam.
A reader emailed me and asked me if I had ever made jam using chia seeds. The theory is that the gel from the seeds would thicken the jam.
I gave it a try, and the results were not what I expected, but they were delicious just the same. This is NOT a really sweet spread. It’s mildly sweet and perfectly complements a rice cracker with some nut butter. In other words, a fantastic addition to any nut butter snack. It’s great for a low-sugar spread on whole-grain toast or even complementary to vanilla ice cream if you don’t want to get too sickeningly sweet with ice cream toppings.
What Is Strawberry Chia Seed Jam?
If you’ve ever had chia pudding, it’s the same idea. All the thickening happens without the use of pectin. The thickening comes from the chia seeds, which turn to gel when exposed to liquid.
Why Make This Jam?
Chia seeds have a nice helping of omega-3’s. They are a great addition to a healthy diet.
Gluten-Free – This is naturally gluten-free.
Sugar-Free – If you wish, you can use alternative sweeteners. Try stevia.
Keto – This could be made keto with the right sweetener.
Paleo – This is technically paleo-friendly.
Can I Use Other Berries?
You can! Try blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any berry you’d like to use.
How To Use Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
Enjoy this jam with any of the following:
- Spread it over a pancake or waffle
- Stir it into yogurt
- Add it to oatmeal or overnight oats
- Have it over ice cream
- Depending on what you have, you could even add this to a sandwich.
Try adding one of these to change up the flavors a bit.
- Lemon juice – You can add about 1-2 tablespoons of juice and/or zest.
- Vanilla extract – Use the real stuff. Vanilla flavoring won’t do well here.
- Maple syrup – Instead of honey (or try a different sweetener altogether)
About The Ingredients
Strawberries – Cleaned and coarsely chopped.
Water – Use good filtered water. Nobody wants a jam that tastes like chlorine!
Honey – Use any type you like. You can also adjust the amount called for in the recipe to make this as sweet as you like.
How To Make Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
Place all ingredients into a metal pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat slightly so the contents of the pot don’t splatter all over your stove but still bubble in the pot.
Stir constantly! The chia seeds burn on the bottom of the pot very easily. So keep stirring (I had to change pots halfway through because the seeds burned so easily).
Stir and boil until the mixture has reduced by half and has thickened into a gel-like consistency. Again, it will not be as thick as jam but will definitely thicken.
Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool for 1 hour. Place in the fridge overnight to continue cooling.
It keeps in the fridge for about two weeks, give or take, and should be stored in an airtight container. Mason jars are great for this.
Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.
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Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
- 2 cups strawberries (cleaned and chopped)
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup honey
- Place all ingredients into a metal pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat slightly so the contents of the pot don't splatter all over your stove but still bubble in the pot.
- Stir constantly! The chia seeds burn on the bottom of the pot very easily. So keep stirring (I had to change pots halfway through because the seeds burned so easily).
- Stir and boil until the mixture has reduced by half and has thickened into a gel-like consistency. Again, it will not be as thick as jam but will definitely thicken.
- Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool for 1 hour. Place in the fridge overnight to continue cooling.