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Strawberry Chia Jam

A thick jam packed with antioxidants, fiber, and omega3s, strawberry chia jam is absolutely delicious paired with peanut butter on toast!

A thick jam packed with antioxidants, fiber, and omega3s, strawberry chia jam is absolutely delicious paired with peanut butter on toast! | @TheFoodieDietitianStrawberry season is here and I’m jonesin for some strawberry picking action! It seems the past couple years I’ve had the best intentions to go strawberry picking, I blink, and then June is over, and so are the strawbs. I’d make a proclamation right here and now that this year is going to be different with all of you readers as my witness, but it ain’t gonna happen. Steve’s traveling next weekend and the weekend after that and then I leave for (gasp!) Europe. I can’t believe it’s so soon! I have this thing where I can only focus on one week ahead at a time and everything else seems so far into the future in when reality it’s going to sneak up on me and bite me in the you know what.

I digress. My point being, Europe soon. Strawberry picking not in my near future. But that won’t stop me from making strawberry deliciousness.

This month’s Recipe Redux is all about DIY kitchen essentials, i.e. those items you used to purchase from the grocery store until you realized they were more delicious, healthier, and cost efficient when you make them from scratch at home. The first thing that came to mind is vegetable broth! Last year, a friend of mine shared with me that she freezes all of her leftover vegetable scraps and once she collects enough, boils them with water to make homemade veg stock. I’ve been making my own ever since. Mostly because I hate food waste and like to repurpose ALL THE THINGS LEFTOVER.

Strawberry Chia Jam packed with fiber and omega 3s!| @TheFoodieDietitian

But it’s spring now and I’m kind of over eating soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner like I did this past winter so I’m not going to share that with you now, but maybe later this year! What I am going to share with you now is a DIY jam that’s SO easy to make, you’ll wonder why you ever bought jam in the first place. And yes, it includes strawberries!!

A nutritious jam? Yes, please! Strawberry Chia Jam | @TheFoodieDietitian

Strawberry chia jam is nothing novel. I’ve been seeing chia jams all over the place and in fact have shared some favorites on past Foodie Dietitian Friday Favorites where I’ve vowed to try it for myself. Well, that time is here. I finally gave it a whirl and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The chia naturally helps the fruit thicken and adds a nutritional punch of fiber, omega 3s and protein. A nutritious jam? I’ll take it. And I added just a couple tablespoons of agave nectar for sweetness without it being overly sweet. I mean strawberries are sweet enough as is, amiright?

Strawberry Chia Jam | @TheFoodieDietitian

Strawberry Chia Jam

Yield: Approx 1 pint

Strawberry Chia Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 lb strawberries, stems removed and quartered
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add strawberries and agave to a medium pot and cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until strawberries are cooked down. Mash the strawberries with a fork or potato masher to create a sauce-like consistency. Cook down for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in chia seeds and let sit to thicken and cool, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

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http://karalydon.com/recipes/breakfast/strawberry-chia-jam/

Spread this jam on top of some toast with peanut butter and you’re read to roll. Strawberry Chia Jam | @TheFoodieDietitian

Hungry for more DIY essentials? Check out a few other of my DIY recipes below:
Spiced Apple Butter

Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter-5

Cranberry Orange Granola

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Herb Infused Vinegars

DIY Holiday Gift- Herb Infused Vinegar-5

And take a gander at what the other Reduxers are making at home!

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I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.

Comments

  1. This sounds so delicious and easy to make!

  2. Sara @ sarahaasrdn.com

    Yum! I just love chia seeds and what a great way to use those yummy summer strawberries!

  3. Hi! For about how long would you say this will hold up in the fridge for? Thank you!

  4. Mmm, I’ve made this before but it reminded me of what I should do with all my leftover frozen mango in the freezer! :)
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  5. So easy to make and a super delish way to get chia into your diet. So excited for your for your European trip!

  6. I keep seeing chia jams everywhere- I’ve got to try this! Just sounds too good to resist. Pinned :)

  7. I made my first strawberry jam last summer and was surprised by how easy it was to make. I love, love, love the addition of the chia seeds here.

  8. I love how easy this is! I enjoy making jam but it’s such a process, so this is pretty much perfect :) I have some great local honey that I might sub for the agave

  9. I am obsessed with chia jam! I typically sweeten with agave or maple syrup (or let the fruit do the sweetening on it’s own!!) Thanks for reminding me to whip up another batch :)

  10. Betsy Ramirez

    I hope you are going somewhere fun in Europe. I am heading to England, but I do live in Europe. I love the jam! Strawberry season is just starting in Germany and it’s a big deal. Have fun!

    • Thanks, Betsy! I’m heading to Ireland, Paris, and Barcelona. I only wish I had more time to keep exploring. There’s so much more in Europe I’d like to see! Next trip 😉

  11. I haven’t made chia jam in a while and this looks amazing! Pinning :)

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