Ridiculously easy homemade jam
I know what you're thinking: Great, another chia seed jam recipe...whoopdie doo. Look, I know I am not inventing the wheel here and as a matter of fact, I actually already have 2 recipes from several years back for a Blackberry Chia Seed Jam and a Peach Basil Chia Seed Jam. But I have to say that this is my favorite to date! I tweaked the blackberry recipe around to create a yummy strawberry-flavored ridiculously easy homemade jam, ready in 10 minutes, and man it's a sure winner! Perfect for the mom-on-the-go who needs to make healthy, whole food-filled recipes and fast for her family.
What I love about this recipe is that it's a healthier option for your kids. Using minimal ingredients that are easy to find at the store and isn't brimming with refined sugar; it's sheer perfection. The strawberries really sweeten this naturally so you only need a touch of maple syrup to liven it up. I also love how it isn't too firm like jelly is but more loose like homemade jam.
Note that you can use any fruit that you want really if strawberries are your jam (sorry, I couldn't resist). All you need are these 4 ingredients:
- maple syrup
- frozen strawberries (or your favorite fruit of choice)
- lemon juice
- chia seeds
No need to know how to can food. No using pectin (not that it's a bad thing but just might not be an ingredient you use often, ever at all). Comes together in 10 minutes to set and into the fridge it goes. See what I mean? Ridiculously easy homemade jam! Every mom's dream come true. Well, that is if making easy jam is part of your goals in life.
AND to give you a teaser, this Strawberry Chia Jam is THE perfect addition to a snack recipe I will be sharing next week. Not just any snack, oh no, but my most favorite one I've been gobbling down lately during my pregnancy. Next week, you'll see...
Using only FOUR ingredients, this healthier, refined sugar free and ridiculously easy homemade jam is just that: RIDICULOUSLY EASY!
Homemade Jam Ready in 10 Minutes
Author:Fork & Beans
Serves:1 jar of jam
- ½ c. water
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- 1½ c. frozen strawberries
- 3 Tbsp. chia seeds, whole
- juice of 1 lemon wedge
Combine the water and maple syrup together in a small pan and bring to a light boil. Simmer over low.
Add 1 c. of the frozen strawberries and allow the strawberries to soften. Either using an immersion blender, blend the strawberries until smooth.
Add the other ½ c. of frozen strawberries until heated through. Lightly blend, leaving big chunks of strawberries. Mix in lemon juice.
Remove from heat and whisk in the chia seeds. Place into a mason jar and allow to fully cool.
Chill in the fridge to firm up. Will stay fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks.