Strawberry Chia Jam
a healthy, refined-sugar free option to your typical grocery-store jam. The addition of chia seeds instead of gelatin as a thickener is a great option for anyone living a vegan lifestyle. This recipe is a great way to use up frozen berries that may be languishing in the back of your freezer!
- 3 cups frozen strawberries , or other frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc...)
- 4 tbsp honey , or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Pour the frozen berries and honey into a medium-sized sauce pan and simmer over low heat for approximately 5 minutes. Watch it carefully as honey can burn easily.
Pour in the chia seeds and let the mixture continue to simmer on the stove top for approximately 20 minutes. The chia seeds will cause the mixture to thicken. If using frozen strawberries, they may not disintegrate as uniformly into a jam-like texture as other smaller berries. Simply mash them with a potato masher until you get the desired jam-like consistency. Alternatively, you can quickly blitz the mixture in your blender as well. (This will help to grind down the chia seeds a bit if you happen to be one of those people who does not appreciate the "tapioca-like" texture of chia seeds.)
Allow to cool before keeping in the fridge. It will also thicken up a bit as it cools.