I’m not even exaggerating with the Simple as 123 title. This strawberry chia jam is SO easy to make plus a majorly healthy alternative to the typical jam we have stocked in our fridges. You can add this on Toast, Yogurt, Porridge, Muffins, Scones anything really! And you wont have to feel guilty with all the sugar, preservatives and other stankyness in regular shop bought Jams.
You might be thinking hey, Jam making sounds way to domesticated for me. But that’s it, it sounds like a big deal but its really not. Made with JUST fresh strawberries, natural sweetener of your choice and some chia seeds. This jam takes about 15 mins in total, just store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for 3 months (Will defo not last that long)
The two main stars of this show:
Chia seeds are some serious seeds. Packed with protein research chia seeds have 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, three times more iron than spinach, six times more calcium than milk, and two times more potassium than bananas. That’s bananas right! These seeds make us feel fuller for longer as they absorb 10 times their weight in water. When digested the seeds expand and like a sponge suck up our digestive juices, expanding in the empty spaces in our stomach making us feel fuller for longer. Whoa sciencey.
Strawberries! These little red juicy thangs give us more then their cuteness, they are also packed with good stuff. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C which helps our immune system. Most importantly Strawberries are also an antioxidant. Antioxidants stop or at least help prevent the forming of deadly Oxidants in our bodies which can damage our immune system and cause horrid illnesses like heart disease and cancer. One cup of strawberries contains almost all of the recommended Vitamin C also includes Collagen, that stuff that is in most expensive face creams nowadays? Yup, Collagen among many other things is said to help with the effects of ageing on our skin (Strawberry face mask anyone?). Seriously the benefits of strawberries are endless but this isn’t a science blog so I don’t want you guys sleeping on me!
Love Hebs xoxo
Simple As 123 Strawberry Chia Jam
Delicious Chia jam done in a matter of minutes!
- 1 punnet Strawberries
- 3 tablespoons Honey, agave, or pure maple syrup (Other unrefined sugars are also fine here)
- 2 tablespoons Chia seeds
First wash strawberries well and cut off tops and slice into quarters.
Transfer strawberries into small pot/saucepan with 2 table spoons of water.
Let the strawberries simmer on medium heat until you can see it become saucy/jammy like texture. This should take about 10 mins.
At this point add in a table spoon of lemon and stir through.
Add in sweetener
Add in chia seeds and stir again.
Let the jam thicken making sure not to burn. Turn off heat and let rest for 5 mins.
Pour in to jar and wait till fully cool before closing lid and storing in fridge. Or freeze for up to 3 months.
*If you want prefer to not have seeds, or you just want a smooth texture just blend with a hand blender at the end*