Wash up those fresh berries and get out your blender. Within a matter of minutes, you will have the freshest, healthiest jam ever! This jam is bound together with the the superfood, chia seed, and therefore requires NO pectin!
The kids and I found ourselves with a free afternoon. No homework, no activities, and Daddy was traveling, so rush to get home for dinner.
We enjoyed this time by visiting a local Strawberry Field. I really thought that I would enjoy it more than the kiddos, but I was surprised–they took the mission of finding the perfectly ripe strawberries very seriously!Each berry they found they carefully inspected for white spots, green spots, soft spots, etc. They would call me over to show me each prized berry as if it were a treasure.
It was so much fun and so pleasurable to see the kids get so excited about fresh fruit. Especially since we are the odd people that don’t sample the berries while we are picking–I like to clean the produce first and my kids agreed with that desire after seeing many berries with bugs on them and a few with bird droppings.
Thanks for humoring this mom by pretending you care what my kiddos looked like at the the field 🙂
Anyways, after arriving home, the kids wanted to just eat the berries. So we did, after washing of course!! They were so fresh and flavorful that it was hard for me to justify cooking with them–we seriously needed nothing more than a berry to be satisfied.
However, we picked A LOT! A lot more than our stomachs could handle in a few days of the optimal ripeness of the berries.
So we made jam. Chia jam. The EASIEST jam you will ever make. The jam requires NO pectin, is naturally sweetened and enriched with fiber, naturally!
Intrigued? You should be. This is not only so easy, but incredibly healthy! Chia seeds are filled with Omega-3s and fiber, making this jam so good for you that you won’t feel an ounce of guilt eating it by the spoonful. At least I didn’t!!
Basically you destem and dice up your berries and place into a pan with 100% fruit juice (I use apple juice) and chia seeds. You bring to a boil and then simmer for anywhere from 15-25 minutes, or until the berries have released their juices and are starting to break down. This is what the jam looks like after 15 minutes of simmering at my house.
Then get our your blender and blend away. I poured my jam in a glass jar and let cool. As the jam sat in the fridge, it magically thickens (from the chia seeds) and becomes perfect for spreading on toast, biscuits, or as a topping for yogurt or pancakes. Heck, you could put this on a grilled cheese for a unique twist. Let your imagination go crazy!
Use this recipe as a guide. As you increase the berries, increase the chia seeds and juice as needed.
- 4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
- ¼ cup apple juice (or maple syrup, for REALLY sweet jam)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until berries are starting to burst and soften. Blend in blender until smooth. Allow to cool and refrigerate.
I would love to know how YOU plan to enjoy this jam.