This all-natural and raw instant strawberry chia jam is ready to enjoy almost right away. Just mix and mash. The most delicious, healthiest, easiest and quickest jam you will ever make!
The recipe has only 3 ingredients: strawberries, ground chia seeds and agave nectar. There is no cooking involved, just mix it all together and mash with a potato masher and it’s ready to enjoy within 5 minutes. It’s that easy! It’s all natural, pectin free and because it’s raw, you get the full flavor and nutritive benefits of the strawberries.
Chia seeds are one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory agent that is good for healthy skin and involved in cholesterol metabolism. They are an excellent source of natural antioxidants, protein, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc, copper, and iron. In fact, chia contains six times more iron than spinach and is incredibly high in fiber. Also, it’s gluten free.
Over the weekend we took our son to the strawberry farm to pick strawberries. We went on a 1 hour tour around the farm. We were allowed to eat the strawberries while picking them. Each of us got a pound of strawberries to take home. By the end of the tour, we were pretty much full from the strawberries. So what do I do with all these fresh strawberries? I decided to make jam with them. I was inspired by Thankful Expressions’ no pectin refrigerator jam recipe. Instead of using whole chia seeds and leaving them overnight to gel, so that they thicken the fruit puree, I decided to use grounded chia seeds which gel within minutes creating my instant strawberry chia jam! Thank you Pam O’Brien from Thankful Expressions for the wonderful idea!
The recipe works well with all berries. You can customize it with whichever you like. The instant strawberry chia jam goes well with yogurt, toast, pancakes, scones or even in smoothies or puddings. It is so delicious and good for you!
|Instant Strawberry Chia Jam|| |
- 4 cups of strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into halves or quarters
- 5 tablespoons of ground chia seeds
- 6 tablespoon of agave nectar
- Add all ingredients into a bowl, mix and mash using a potato masher (chunky pieces) or blend in a blender (smoother texture).
- To store, place it in an airtight container, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
If you prefer a smoother texture, you can blend all the ingredients together using a blender.
You can also use maple syrup (vegan) or raw honey (non vegan) instead of agave nectar.
I prefer to use Spectrum Organic Ground Chia Seeds. You can find them at most health food sections of Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods Market or purchase them online from amazon.com.
If you cannot find ground chia seeds, you can use a coffee grinder, or a mortar and pestle to grind the whole chia seeds.
To keep your strawberries (berries) from growing mold during storage, soak them for 1 minute in 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water and then rinse.