How To Make Strawberry Jam | Healthy, Homemade Chia Seed Jam

How To Make Strawberry Jam | Healthy, Homemade Chia Seed Jam

This easy, healthy Chia seed jam recipe teaches you how to create a strawberry jam. Chia jam is a quick and tasty substitute for store-bought jam. Chia seed jam contains far less sugar than standard jams and jellies, as well as the fibre, protein, and healthful fats found in chia seeds.

You don’t have to stop with strawberries; you may also prepare this jam with blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or other jam-making fruit.

How To Make Strawberry Jam

I’m showing you how to make Chia jam. Specifically, I’m making a strawberry Chia jam. But you could use any Berry or jam-producing fruit that you prefer or have on hand.

Now, you’ll notice that I’m working with fresh berries today, but do note that you could also use frozen berries now; if you’re new to the channel, welcome.

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Now, the beauty of Chia jam is that it has way less sugar than traditional jellies and jams, and you’re getting all the health benefits of the chia seed. So lots of fibre, good healthy fats, quality protein, and tons of antioxidants.

And those, my friends, are not nutrients you find in your typical gym.

Strawberry Jam Ingredients

  • 3 cups finely sliced fresh strawberries
  • chia seeds, 3 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • honey, maple syrup, or monk fruit, 1-3 teaspoons (if needed)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the strawberries. Cook until the strawberries have broken down and the mixture has thickened. After around 10 minutes, the strawberries will turn loose and liquid.
  2. Use a potato masher or the back of a spatula to mash the fruit. You may make it as smooth or as chunky as you want it. It all depends on your personal preference for jam.
  3. Combine the chia seeds and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. After tasting the jam, decide if it needs to be sweetened. If desired, start with one tablespoon and modify from there.
  4. As the jam cools, it will thicken even more. Transfer it to an airtight jar and store it in the fridge for 1-3 weeks or up to three months once it has cooled.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

How To Make Strawberry Jam Procedures

Step 1

So to get started, I have £1 of fresh organic strawberries. It’s about three cups of berries. First, I will rinse them under cold water; then, I will trim off the leafy green top and give them a rough chop. Cutting them up like this helps them to Cook a little bit quicker and a little bit easier.

They break down in the pot a lot faster. So once I’ve got them all cut and ready to go, I’ll transfer them into a medium-sized saucepan, and then I’m going to bring it over medium-low heat and let it Cook for about ten minutes, stirring it pretty frequently.

You’re going to see as it heats up, the strawberries begin to release a lot of their juices, and it’s going to become very loose and bubbly and nice and soft and tender. So what I like to do is grab a potato masher and break them down a little more.

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Now, if you didn’t have a potato masher, you could do this with the back of a fork or a spatula. You want to break the berries down to the texture that you prefer. I like this gem to be a little bit thicker with nice big chunks of berries in there,

so I don’t take it too far. But if you like your jam smooth, you would break it down until the berries are processed a bit more. Then I’m going to turn my heat off and into the pot. I’m adding a tablespoon of bright, fresh lemon juice and three tablespoons of Chia seeds.

Step 2

You could use white Chia seeds or black Chia seeds. They are both the same. But, nutritionally speaking, they have a different color. And then finally, one tablespoon of honey. I like to add this to round the flavors out a bit.

That could also be Maple syrup. Or, if you wanted a sugar-free option, you could use some Monk fruit, but I do recommend testing the jam so you can decide how much sweetener you want to add.

If you’re using a Berry like raspberries, they tend to be a little bit sourer, so you might want to add an extra tablespoon or two of sweetener.

But again, it’s completely personal preference, so taste, as you get all the Chia seeds, worked throughout, and then you’re going to see that as the jam cools, it’s going to thicken up a bit, and that’s because of the Chia seeds.

So just let it come down in temperature, and then you can transfer it into an airtight container, and you can see how much thicker my jam has become now that it’s cooled.

Step 3

And I love using these little Mason jars for storage now because this jam is so fresh and doesn’t use any preservatives. It will last up to one week in the refrigerator, or you can even pop it in the freezer if you want it to go for a few months.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this Strawberry Chia jam is to toast up a fat slice of whole-grain bread and then top it with some peanut butter and a great shimmer of the strawberry Chia jam right over the top.

I also really love it stirred into oatmeal or mixed into Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, but you can enjoy this Chia jam anyway you would want a traditional spot.