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Natural Strawberry Chia Jam

“Who said healthy eating has to taste bad…?”

Hello beautiful people and happy SaturYAY!

I cannot believe that summer is in full swing.  Finally, bon fires, lake days, and sunshine is upon us and I could not be more thrilled.

With this beautiful weather, it seemed only necessary to get creative in the kitchen using some fresh, local produce!  Supporting local farmers is very important to me and my lifestyle. Not only because I love the taste of a fresh strawberry that was just picked from the field, but also because I feel that it is important to support our local communities and all of the hard work they put in to bring us produce that is tasty, fresh, and good for you.

If you know me at least a little bit, you would know that I love to experiment in the kitchen making clean and tasty treats, and this recipe turned out pretty great if I do say so myself. And, I feel that this recipe is the perfect treat for the health junkie that wants to follow their macros, yet still feel full of sugary-satisfaction of a nice summer jam.  The issue with most jams out there – even the “healthier” ones at the store – is that they add an INSANE amount of sugar into the spread. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for having sweet treats and food that might not necessarily be “the best” for you, but sugar is most definitely something that I try to not add into my foods if I do not need to. And in strawberry jam, there truly is no need for all the added sugar… I mean, you already have the natural sweetness of the strawberry, so why ruin it with a bunch of preservatives?

Therefore, I wanted to create a homemade jam that was not only a healthier option for us jam-lovers but also a jam that was still very sweet, savory, and brought back those carefree days of eating PB&J sandwiches, without all the guilt, tummy bloating, and preservatives!

With that said, here is the recipe, the nutritional profile, and the directions to the natural, healthier version of Strawberry Jam, enjoy! <3

I love having my jam on Trader Joe’s 7-seed Whole Wheat bread.

Ingredients:

4 cups of fresh strawberries, diced

1 tablespoon of raw honey, add more for sweetness as desired

¼ cup of chia seeds, add more to help thicken if needed

2 tablespoons of organic cane sugar

I love getting all of my ingredients for this recipe at Trader Joe’s, but I am sure you could find it somewhere else as well. (Not picture, cane sugar – however I use Full Circle Organic brand).

Directions:

First, you are going to clean your strawberries and dice them.  After that, add the diced strawberries to a saucepan and set it over a medium heat.  You will cook the strawberries until the begin to break down into a liquid form, which is about 5 – 10 minutes.

Look at that those FRESH berries, ohmygoodness.

Now, mash the strawberries with a potato masher (a spatula works as well). This is where you make this jam YOUR JAM.  You can make it as chunky or as smooth as you would like, based on the texture you are desiring for your jam.

Next, remove the pan from the heat and immediately add in the honey.  I like to taste it, and then add more if needed. Some strawberries can be sweeter than others, so remember that the amount can vary.  Now it is time to add in your chia seeds and cane sugar. As always, feel free to add more ad desired for a thicker, sweeter jam.

Finally, let your jam mixture sit for about 5 – 10 minutes so it begins to thicken.  Your jam will not be completely thick yet however, remember that jam will thicken over time.  Therefore, after it has sit, transfer the jam into your desired jars, and then place in the refrigerator. Note, it is best to refrigerate it immediately after canning and let it sit overnight due to the fact that jam takes quite a bit of time to completely thicken.

And voila, you have a healthy, natural, homemade strawberry chia seed jam!

This jam will last about 2 weeks in the fridge, or 3 months in a tight container in the freezer.

That thickness is UNREAL.

This jam works great as a snack, an addition to your breakfast, or a little sweet treat to top your night off with.  I love having it on my toast in the morning, but I also love pairing it with a rice cake for a snack. Pro Tip: I like to pair 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with 1 tablespoon of my jam and then pair it with 1 cup of Vanilla Halo Top Ice Cream… YAS. Talk about NIGHT CAP.

As you can see, I have been eating this EVERYDAY with my breakfast… No shame. 😉

Now, granted, there are MANY different ways you can go about this recipe.  You can chose to add more honey, you can use regular sugar instead of cane sugar,  you can do raspberries instead of strawberries, etc. The list is endless as to how you can create this to gear more towards your likings, however, in the end, this is a recipe that is healthy, sweet, easy, and a great alternative to store bought jam. Feel free to drop anything comments or questions about the recipe below. Whether you make it as it or switch it up, I want to hear your thoughts! So make sure you reach out and let me know what you love or what you hate!

Feel free to leave any suggestions on a recipe you want me to try next, sweet treat or not! I am always up for something new in the kitchen. 🙂

 Enjoy your weekend, y’all! I hope it is filled with love, health, positivity, and kindness!

With all that I am,

Nicole

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