I love jams and jellies. Especially when I was in college.
I practically lived on peanut butter and jelly…easy, cheap, didn’t require a kitchen…
The older I get, the more concerned I am with added sugars in my foods…and while I do believe there is a time and place for indulgence, I like to choose wholesome foods on the regular and save the sugary treats for occasions…
Hence my chia seed jam! Now, bare with me…it is not sweet and sticky like the jam your mama made growing up…BUT it’s still very good!
Why chia seeds?: Not only are chia seeds high in omega 3 fatty acids (a heart healthy fat), but they also contain tons of fiber which absorbs a lot of the moisture from the berries making it a great thickening agent. Strawberries by themselves would be very runny and watery, but the chia seeds give it a nice viscosity.
*Tip: I do not add any sweetener to this jam. If you need a little more sweetness, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup.
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- In a bowl, mash ripe strawberries (still leave a few chunks).
- Add 2 teaspoons of chia seeds.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- For extra sweetness, add 1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup.
- Serve on your favorite toast or on your PB&J 🙂
What’s your favorite jam recipe?
Until Next Time,
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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