STRAWBERRY CHIA SEED JAM

So for the last month I’ve been put on a sugar free diet (for the most part, sometimes you just got to have a bit!) by my doctor for health reasons. It’s made me have to really re-think processed, store bought products. I didn’t fully realize the amount of sugar that is in all the foods out there!! Anyways, I used to make this a couple of years ago, but life got busy and I hadn’t made it in a while. I finally made it this morning and fell in love all over again! I love having jam in my fridge cause it’s something easy to reach for as I start to get busy with uni and classes. And the fact that it tastes awesome is the ‘strawberry’ on top! (Excuse my pun. Couldn’t help myself.)

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Ingredients

-       2 cups frozen strawberries (can also use mango, blueberries, cranberries)

-       2 tablespoons chia seeds

-       2 tablespoons honey/maple syrup

-       I tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

1)    Add the strawberries to a small/medium saucepan over a stove.

2)    Let it sit over medium heat until the strawberries begin to soften and fall apart. In my experience it takes approximately 15-20 mins. ( Just enough time for an episode of Friends!)

3)    Use a fork to mash some of the whole strawberries to break them down further.

4)    Add in your honey/maple syrup and vanilla extract(optional). This is where I would say you can get creative with your choice of sweetener and amount depending on if you like your jam to be sweet or if you prefer a tangy flavor. Sometimes the fruit you use is also sweet enough so you might not need to add too much sweetener.  

5)    Add in chia seeds and stir.

6)    Leave it on the stove still the mixture begin to thicken. (Shouldn’t be too long)

7)    Pour into a glass jar and let it cool down completely. It will continue to thicken as it cools down.

I usually love to have some when its warm, it just tastes super fresh and yummy! Store it in the fridge once it’s completely cooled down. Finish it within 1-2 weeks! I enjoy it on toast, but also, on oatmeal, puddings, in smoothies,  and over pancakes! Super easy to make and you are in completely control of the amount of sugar in your jam!

Enjoy friends!