Ahhh.. mother nature you have been good to us this summer. We have been experiencing an over abundance of strawberries from our garden boxes. It seems like every time I go to the garden I have another bowl. I don’t want to waste and with the hot weather turning the oven on wasn’t an option. The girls and I decided to make this 5 minute strawberry chia seed jam. Chia seed jam is super easy to make, naturally sweetened and soooo good.
I remember my mom making sugar laden strawberry jam, I loved it with everything from toast to yogurt. The dietitian side of me is always looking for a healthier option when it comes to occasional food and this was on my radar for a while. Also, it is a great activity to get the girls in the kitchen and believe me they had a fantastic time. I am not sure what they like better mashing the strawberries or testing the jam. Chia seeds are no stranger on this blog. My oldest loves chia seed pudding.
Chia seeds might be little but are packed with nutritional benefits. Did you know these little seeds are the only food to have a medical patent for blood glucose control. Chia seeds are high in fibre, protein, and anti inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds can be used in cereals, smoothies, yogurts, puddings, and as an egg substitute. Who ever knew a little seed could deliver such a major nutrition punch.
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a small pot, cook strawberries until broken down. Add chia seeds, syrup and vanilla.. Let sit for 5 minutes until thickened.
- Store in a jar in the fridge.
This 5 minute strawberry chia seed jam can be used on toast, sandwiches, yogurt and /or ice cream, really the sky is the limit. Have you ever made chia seed jam?