These little seeds are high in omega-3 fats, and fibre and in every 100g of chia seeds it will provide you with 20.7 g of protein. The beauty of the chia seeds in this jam is that there is no need for any pectin to thicken the jam, they absorb the liquid and swell giving the jam just the thickness you need for a perfect jam. Also they mimic the look of the strawberry seeds so it gives the illusion of an extra fruity jam.
You can buy the chia seeds from most health food shops.
I used honey as it pairs really well with the strawberries, but you could try stevia, agave or coconut palm oil instead for a variation on taste and sweetness.
Being such a simple recipe this is perfect to make with your children, my two girls loved to help with this and because it is so quick and easy, they don’t loose interest as the jam is pretty much made within about 30 minutes. Ready for them to transfer into a jam pot and put on a cheerful label, and then to choose what to eat it with.
You only need three!
1. Strawberries 12 cups, stalks off, washed and halved.
2. Honey 3-5 tablespoons of honey to taste.
3. Chia seeds 1/4 cup chia seeds.
- Put the strawberries into a pan and add 30 ml of water.
- Add the honey.
- Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, check for sweetness, add more honey if needed and add the chia seeds.
- Stir in the chia seeds.
Once you have stirred the seeds, they will begin to absorb the juices of the strawberries right away, so don’t worry that the mixture seems too thin. By reducing the strawberries and honey down gently it will still have quite a liquid consistency, but the chia seeds will thicken the jam to the perfect consistency.
Add the mixture to your jam jar and keep in the fridge , it will thicken some more overnight as the chia seeds swell and absorb more of the jam liquid. The jam will keep in the fridge for about two weeks, in an air tight jar, we just recycled an old jam jar and decorated it with a sticky label, my daughter loved this bit. You could make a batch of this jam and freeze it in the jar, and it would keep for 12 months.
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