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!
- 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
- 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)
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
- 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)
- Taste and add more honey if you would like it sweeter.
- Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid (I used a mason jar).
- Allow it to set in the fridge for about an hour.
- *Substitute another liquid sweetener, like agave nectar, to make this vegan.
Try out the recipe and let me know how it goes!