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Strawberry Chia Jam recipe

I am still a child at heart.

With that said, I can’t resist a huge dollop of apricot jam spread on a peanut butter-filled slice of toast. And I do mean a DOLLOP! But then I have to remind myself that fitness is now life and while I’m a huge advocate for balance, I know how much risk the large sugar content in that chunk of jam adds to my health.

But life is also too short to not have Pb&J form a part of my diet. So while I’ve substituted in natural peanut butter for the regular sugar-filled variant, I’ve been looking for a health-friendly jam addition.

The jelly-like consistency, alongside the fantastic health benefits, of chia seeds have long been documented. Being a little fed up with chia pudding because of a few failed recipes, I went looking for what else to try and make with the rest of the bag lying in my cupboard. Imagine my excitement when I came across a few recipes that brought together the superpowers of chia with the sweetness of jam. The health food gods are truly on my side.

So I experimented with the vast amounts of frozen strawberries in my freezer (my fiancé is convinced that I am hoarding frozen berries at this point. I don’t disagree…). Eventually I got the consistency and taste just perfect so now I can forcibly and guiltlessly enjoy my Pb&J to my heart’s content!

 

Strrawberry Chia Jam recipe
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 10
  • Serving size: 10
  • Calories: 41.3
  • Fat: 1.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Trans fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3g
  • Sugar: 6.7g
  • Sodium: 0.6mg
  • Fiber: 1.7g0.8g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Recipe type: Condiment
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries (if using frozen, defrost first)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 2-4 Tbsp honey*
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional but recommended)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse until the texture you prefer. (Pulse for about 1 – 2minutes if you want it smooth or for about 30 seconds – 1 minute if you would like it chunky)
  3. Taste and add more honey if you would like it sweeter.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid (I used a mason jar).
  5. Allow it to set in the fridge for about an hour.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. *Substitute another liquid sweetener, like agave nectar, to make this vegan.

Try out the recipe and let me know how it goes!

Love,

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