Strawberry chia jam – gluten free, refined sugar free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly.
Day 2 of condiments, sauces and dips recipes.
I grew up on strawberry jam but never cared for other flavours. Mum loved to smear thick wads of apricot jam all over buttered bread and soft, doughy baked goods but I loved to spread my jam on arrowroot biscuits. The thought of having to make my own jam however was a task for the too hard basket – until now.
Not only is this strawberry chia jam so good for you, it takes much less time to make than traditional methods. Find the freshest, ripest, sweet smelling strawberries you can get your hands on and you will end up with a flavourful jam. I like to cook my strawberries to deepen the flavour. If your strawberries aren’t sweet enough, add some sweetener till your’re happy with the end result.
You can slather this strawberry chia jam all over pancakes, gluten free bread or muffins. I have a muffin recipe coming soon that would go nice with a slathering of this jam. Otherwise, do as I used to and spread it over plain biscuits to give them a bit of oomph.
Why this is so good for you
Strawberries stimulate the burning of stored fat, lower inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, improve bone health, help prevent skin from sagging, help grow strong hair and nails, lower the risk of macular degeneration, reduce the risk of stroke and help prevent constipation.
Chia seeds are good for healthy hair, skin and nails, regulate bowel function, protect the body from aging and cancer, regulate insulin levels, prevent hypertension and help detoxify the body.
- 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice (to brighten the strawberry flavour)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (I used white seeds)
- Optional: Sweetener of choice (if needed)
- Place chopped strawberries in a small saucepan with a little splash of water on low - medium low heat. Pop on the lid and cook until strawberries start to break down.
- Add lemon juice, sweetener (if needed) and either mash strawberries with a fork (leaving some un-mashed for texture) or blitz in a blender.
- Stir through chia seeds, making sure to break up any chia lumps. Pour mixture into a glass jar, cover and leave overnight. Chia seeds will swell and thicken the strawberry mixture.