I am SO excited about this recipe. Mostly because it actually worked, tastes great, and is healthy! I discovered a sweet little blog the other day called Stuft Mama and found multiple recipes that are now on my list to try. First up was her Chia based jam.
I buy regular jam but honestly don’t use it very often. Probably the only time I do is when I’m super lazy and make a PB&J for lunch. I try to limit how much I use too because it’s pretty sugary, even though I buy the “natural” ones. Someday I’d like to make my own but that day has not yet come so grocery store jam it is. Until now!
Chia Seeds have this ability, when mixed with something, to make it almost gel like (Here’s an article I wrote a while back on Chia seeds if you’re interested in learning about them). Maybe “gel” is not the right word…it makes things thicker. Thicker sounds more appealing :). So Stuft Mama’s genius idea was mixing chia seeds with warmed up (so slightly mashed) berries and a sweetener, and viola-jam!
I only have frozen strawberries so I thought what better than strawberry chia jam!
Strawberry Chia Jam
(From Stuft Mama‘s Blog)
- A little more than 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 packet of Splenda (of whatever sweetener you’d like)
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
Microwave the berries, Splenda, and chia seeds for about 1:30 to 2 minutes. Mix everything up, then add 1 tbsp of water. Mix again then refrigerate overnight or for a couple of hours.
Since the strawberries were thawed down, I sort of mashed them a little so there were still big chunks (I like big chunks) but it was jam-like too.
So, yesterday I tried some jam in my oatmeal. I didn’t feel bad at all because this was healthy jam….not sugar soaked jam. I added a little PB2 (which I just got too..so excited about it!) and then covered that baby with chia jam!
This was so good!! I am so excited about this!! I’m definitely going to try it with other fruits too. Another blog I recently discovered (I’m sure I’m late to the party on all of these) is Powercakes. She has tons of different variations on this recipe.
Do you use Chia Seeds? What do you sprinkle them in?