Chia Jam is my new favorite way to make jam! You won't believe how easy it is to make Strawberry Chia Jam - just four ingredients and under 30 minutes! No canning required!
Chia Seeds are So Good For You!
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 - if you want to read more about how good they are, this article Chia Seeds Healthy Benefits has loads of information.
Chia Jam is Super Easy!!
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.
How to Make Chia Jam
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.
Strawberry Chia Jam Gets Two Thumbs Up!
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.
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Easy 30 Minute Strawberry Chia Jam
- 2 cups diced strawberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice - I used agave nectar
- 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.