This homemade strawberry chia seed jam is easy, healthy and made with just 3 natural ingredients! Simple, delicious and a healthy family recipe to always keep on hand!
Easy strawberry chia jam
There are few things I love more than strawberry season. I adore those sweet ruby nuggets in all forms; pies, tarts, shortcake, in ice cream, on top of oatmeal, and (of course) gorgeous and perfect right off the plant. I have a serious strawberry infatuation and this recipes just feeds my addiction (pun intended).
This strawberry chia jam is an insanely easy, no-funky-preservatives twist on the classic strawberry jam that was slathered on nearly every PB&J of my youth. It’s much easier to make than traditional homemade jam, but wildly healthier than pretty much any jam you can buy in the store. If you have a some strawberries, and a few chia seeds, you can have homemade strawberry jam for breakfast.
If you have never made chia jam before, get ready to have your healthy little mind blow. This is literally one of the easiest recipes you can have in your real food toolbox and it is good on so many things!
What are chia seeds?
If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they are tiny black (or sometimes white) seeds that take on a gelatinous form when soaked in a liquid. They are packed with protein, fiber and Omega 3. A few years ago, I had never heard of them. Now, they are a pantry staple. I use chia seeds in so many ways, but making simple, homemade jam is one of my favorites.
Tips for making strawberry chia jam
- Taste your strawberries before adding sweetener. How much maple syrup or honey you need to add to your strawberry chia jam will really depend on the sweetness of the berries you are using and your own personal taste preference. You might need a little for one batch of jam, a little more for another and zero for another batch! I suggest starting with 1/2 a tablespoon of sweetener if you feel like your jam needs it and go from there! It is easy to stir in more sweetener as the jam cools if you feel like it needs it.
- If you are using frozen strawberries, expect a little longer cooking time. For frozen fruit, you’ll need to cook the jam a few minutes longer but they still warm up and breakdown into jam quickly.
- Strawberry chia jam is good in the fridge for up to a week.
Other chia seed jam recipes
Strawberry Chia Jam
- In a medium sauce pan, combine the strawberries and maple syrup/honey (if using). Bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Cover and cook until the berries start to release their juices about 3-5 minutes. Add a splash of water if needed.
- Using a potato masher, crush the berries to your desired texture. If you like a very smooth jam, you can use an immersion blender to puree the berries.
- Once the berries are mashed, use a spoon to stir in the chia seeds. Remove from heat.
- Allow jam to cool in sauce pan for about 10 minutes. The jam will thicken up as it cools and the seeds absorb the juices. Transfer jam to an air tight container. Store in fridge for up to a week.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!