You won’t believe how easy it is to make Strawberry Chia Jam – just four ingredients and under 30 minutes!
Sometimes I am ahead of the game and sometimes I am way behind. Like this easy 30 minute strawberry chia jam. I am so behind on the whole chia seed phenomena. I see them pop up in jams, smoothies, overnight oats, and even just sprinkled on salads. What’s the big deal, I thought. Sure they are a good source of protein, omega-3, and fiber. Usually things that are crazy good for you like that, aren’t crazy good.
So, how did I finally come about joining the chia seed bandwagon? Pure laziness. My store had some very nice looking organic strawberries on sale. After a little searching, I decided to make mini strawberry tarte tatins. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Oh, they were going to be so pretty. But then when the time to actually make them came, I was feeling kind of lazy. It sounded like work. You know, crusts and everything. And by crusts, I mean frozen puff pastry. See what I mean? Lazy. Then I remembered chia jam. It’s supposed to be easy. Just what a lazy person needs.
There were all sorts of different ways and opinions on how to make strawberry chia jam. I settled on this version from The Kitchn. I liked it because it had a basic formula. One that I could use with other types of fruit to make all sorts of fruit chia jams. Two cups of fruit to two tablespoons of chia seeds and a tablespoon or so of your favorite sweetener. Just so you don’t think I am completely lazy and worthless, they had the extra step of cooking the fruit and I liked that idea. I know how sweet and syrupy fruit gets when you cook it even for a little while.
The verdict? Two thumbs up for this easy strawberry chia jam. Remember the tarte tatins that I was going to make? Well, I had bought some vanilla ice cream to serve on top of them. Instead we had a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a little of this jam spooned over. Heaven. I love that you can make it as sweet or not as sweet as you want, where unlike canning, you need a certain amount of sugar for the whole canning thing to work. The kitchn mentions that you can blend up the seeds if you don’t like them, but I like their tiny bit of crunch. Especially in a strawberry jam where you expect a few seeds. I will be making this jam all summer long, with any fruit I can find.
Easy 30 Minute Strawberry Chia Jam
Cook the strawberries in a medium saucepan over medium heat, until they start to break down and get syrupy. Use a potato masher or the back of your spoon if you want them more mashed.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and the sweetener.
Stir in the chia seeds and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Cool to room temperature and then spoon into a jar and refrigerate. It will thicken even more in the refrigerator. It will keep in the refrigerator about 2 weeks.