Easy Strawberry Chia Jam is made on the stovetop in minutes, is low in sugar, and uses only natural ingredients. This chia jam will replace your storebought jam, and be a new family favorite!
FINALLY! I have waited months for strawberries to peak, and it’s finally time!
My parents grow this fantastic garden, and the first fruits (literally and figuratively!) are always strawberries. Dad and I would fill several really large popcorn buckets with strawberries for several weeks starting in mid-June. Cute, petite, juicy strawberries for DAYS. We obviously grow other things in the garden, but strawberries are by far my favorite (with fresh carrots being a close second).
Since I live several hours from my hometown now, I don’t get the chance to have fresh, garden-picked strawberries often. I miss those days scavenging our garden, searching for ripe berries. Eat one, keep one, eat one, keep one. Kalamazoo does have its fair share of farmer’s markets, though, and that’s where I like to spend my Saturday mornings. Fresh strawberries from someone else’s garden will suffice until Josh and I have our own home and garden.
I love buying fresh strawberries and turning them into jam. Most jams are loaded with sugar, though. That’s the great thing about this Easy Strawberry Chia Jam – it’s low in sugar and uses only natural ingredients. And it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish! Of course you have to allow for cooling time because nobody likes warm jam.
We’ve been layering this jam on everything we can find – toast, English muffins, pancakes, peanut butter & jam sandwiches. It’s gone within a week and I’m in the kitchen making more before I know it!
Chia seeds are a wonderful addition to jam because they thicken it without having to add pectin. Antioxidants for breakfast! Chia seeds are also a fantastic source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which aids in raising good cholesterol. They also provide fiber and a little iron and calcium.
You can really use any berry for this jam, too. The same would apply if you decided to make raspberry, blueberry, or blackberry jam.
This chia jam should keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It can also be frozen if you decide to double the recipe.
Take advantage of this early summer, whip up this Easy Strawberry Chia Jam, and have fresh, natural jam the whole summer!
Do you have a garden? What’s your favorite thing to grow?
- 2 c. fresh strawberries, stems removed, sliced
- 1/4 c. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp lemon or orange juice
Place the strawberries, chia seeds, and lemon or orange juice into a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
Bring the mixture to a slow boil.
Using a potato masher, gently mash the strawberries as they cook, leaving some larger chunks behind if you prefer chunks of fruit in your jam.
Boil for a few minutes or until the jam starts to thicken.
Remove from heat; add the honey, stirring well to incorporate.
Pour the jam into glass containers (I use canning jars for jam) and allow to cool to room temperature before capping and refrigerating. If freezing, leave at least 1" space between the jam and the lid before freezing to allow for expansion.
Jam will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks, and can be kept frozen for several months. Thaw by placing the jam in the refrigerator overnight.