May
7

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam is perfect for mixing into oatmeal, parfaits or spreading over the top of a slice of bread! So much strawberry flavor and healthy chia seeds packed into this jam!

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – perfect for mixing into oatmeal, parfaits or spreading over the top of a slice of bread!

May is National Strawberry Month! You may have noticed that I am celebrating with new strawberry recipes all week. I eat A LOT of organic strawberries and am always looking for ways to incorporate them into every meal. So much flavor is packed into a little berry, and with little calories to sacrifice, I never feel guilty eating too many strawberries. My newest strawberry obsession is Strawberry Chia Seed Jam. Packed with strawberry flavor and ready in little time, you will want to make this jam all year long.

Have you noticed that all of the strawberries recipes that I shared this week are relatively quick and easy? With the beautiful spring weather, why waste time indoors cooking and baking when we could be soaking up the sun outside.

I haven’t been adventurous yet with canning. Every time I think about canning, I start to worry about whether I have all the supplies I need and whether I will be able to do it properly. But this jam is so easy and no canning is involved.

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – so much strawberry flavor and healthy chia seeds packed into this jam!

For good reason, chia seeds have grown in popularity over the past few years. Healthy, kid-friendly and readily available, these little seeds can be added to almost anything. I love sprinkling them over an Acai Bowl, adding them to cookies or even mixing them into strawberry jam.

Strawberry chia seed jam is easy to make and a great way to keep berries lasting a few weeks. I mix the jam into my morning oatmeal and even a smoothie. Do you want to know the best way to enjoy it? Drizzled over homemade vanilla ice cream!

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – strawberries, chia seeds and a little bit of sweetener makes this a delectable jam! Enjoy! Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – perfect for mixing into oatmeal, parfaits or spreading over the top of a slice of bread!

I buy chia seeds at Whole Foods but they are also available at other grocery stores. So much healthy goodness is packed into a small serving of seeds. Why not package up some jam and pass on a batch of this wholesome goodness to your friends and neighbors?

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey*
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • squirt of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring berries to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the berries soften, about 5 to 7 minutes. Lightly mash berries with a potato masher or fork.
  2. Stir in the honey, chia seeds and lemon juice. Cook jam on low heat until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Store in a glass jar or air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*Add more or less honey depending on how sweet you like it. You may also substitute the honey with maple syrup. **You can use fresh or frozen strawberries. I use one (10 ounce) package of frozen berries, with the remainder being fresh berries.

http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2014/05/07/strawberry-chia-seed-jam/

Source: Adapted from Cookie and Kate

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – so much strawberry flavor and healthy chia seeds packed into this jam! Enjoy!

51 Comments

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I’ve never made my own jam OR eaten chia seeds…i love trying new stuff, so this is perfect! YUM! Pinned!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Taylor!

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    All right, all right. I’ll give strawberries another chance. 😉 This jam looks so luscious, there’s no way I’d NOT love it!

    • Ashley

      My goal is to convince you to try it just once 😉

  3. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Ashley, this sounds so good (and I like that canning is not involved–I’m still a little intimidated by the canning process). And I also love that it’s quick and easy so we can all enjoy the weather 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Amy! I’m going to give canning a try one of these days, but for now I love this recipe!

  4. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    This is such a great idea Ashley! Chia seeds are so great. I bet they help give this the “thickness” that you want in a jam. Can’t wait to try!

    • Ashley

      Yes, the chia seeds definitely help thicken the jam!

  5. Mindy

    Thanks for this recipe. I am making it today!

    Do you think it could be canned?

    • Ashley

      Hi Mindy! I have to admit that I am not a canning expert. I like this recipe because you don’t have to use the canning process.

  6. Traci

    I am so making this! I’m also sending it to my fiance’s father, who is looking for ways to use chia seeds.

    • Ashley

      Let me know how you like it, Traci!

  7. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    What a great idea! We eat chia seeds in homemade bread all the time but I forget to put them in other things. I’m sure they bump up the protein and fiber of the delicious jam too!

  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    I’m absolutely trying this luscious homemade jam sometime soon. I have a giant bag of chia seeds in my pantry too! How perfect.

    • Ashley

      There is no better time than the present to put those chia seeds to use! Thanks, Sally 🙂

    • Ashley

      I love strawberry picking. Have fun, Christin!

  9. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Ashley, great minds think alike, I just made some strawberry jam. I love strawberry season 😀 I love that you added chia seeds to your jam. I’ll have to try that.

    • Ashley

      I like the way you think, Cindy! I love the addition of the chia seeds, it helps thicken the jam and gives it a great texture.

  10. marcie

    I love how easy this is, Ashley, and it would add so much flavor to so many things! I haven’t tried chia seeds yet, and really need to get on that bandwagon!

    • Ashley

      You definitely need to try chia, Marcie!

  11. Allie | Baking a Moment

    The color on this jam is gorgeous! And I love how pretty it looks in that adorable Weck jar. I’m so curious about chia jam, I’ve gotta pin this so I can give it a try! PS- I tried canning for the first time last summer, after being afraid of it for years. It’s really not that hard at all!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Allie! I’m thinking that I will probably give canning a try this summer 🙂

  12. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    This looks so easy and delicious Ashley – and I have to tell you – I have a love affair with ripe strawberries. Such a decadent and healthy treat. Oh, and did I mention how much I love jam? I love it sssooo much, my favorite kitty in the world is named after it. 🙂

    • Ashley

      I didn’t know you had a cat named after jam! Love it! 🙂

  13. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Great minds think alike! I’ve never tried chia seeds in jam, I’m definitely going to give it a try, and then drizzle it all over vanilla ice cream!

    • Ashley

      Yes, you must drizzle it over ice cream, Danae!

  14. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    LOVE chia seeds, especially making chia seed tapioca with them. I imagine they turn into a similar squishy texture here? Anyways, this jam if gorgeous and looks SO good!

  15. Joanne

    Jamming has always scared me a bit, but I have a feeling the chia seeds make it so much easier because they act as natural gelling agents. Must try with the gazillion strawberries I have in my fridge right now!

  16. Kelly

    This jam looks gorgeous Ashley – I love the pretty color! I love that canning is not involved here – I keep meaning to try my hand at canning but have to admit that I am still intimidated of the canning process too. The chia seeds sound like the perfect way to thicken this beautiful jam up and I can’t wait to try this recipe – pinning 🙂

  17. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Chia seed jam has always been something I’ve wanted to try. Strawberry jam is my favorite flavor, So I will definitely be trying this gorgeous jam soon! Love the vibrant red color! pinned. 🙂

  18. Ashley

    Woo! I was so excited to see you made this! I was just looking at Kate’s recipe that you adapted it from the other day. I only started using chia seeds about 2 months ago and am OBSESSED!! haha

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  20. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    I love that you put chai seeds in strawberry jam! That probably tastes incredible! 🙂 And it looks so pretty!

  21. Kate

    Made this with blueberries using the same ingredient amounts, and it came out wonderful. Now I can’t go back to store bought jam!

    • Ashley

      I’m so glad to hear that you loved it, Kate! Blueberries are a great choice!

  22. Ashlee

    have you tried freezing it?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Ashlee! I have not tried freezing it, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I hope you get a chance to try it because it is one of my favorite types of jam!

      • Ashlee

        I just made it and it is cooling. Looking forward to tasting it. I might try to freeze some. Thanks!

  23. Sairah

    Is like to make this over the weekend but I don’t see where it says anywhere how much water to use for boiling? It sounds like this gets incorporated into the end result. Am I just reading it wrong? Thanks for your help!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Sairah! You do not need to add water. Strawberries naturally retain water. The juices from the berries will be released when you heat them.

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  27. Eydie

    Is the lemon necessary to the recipe? I just have all the other ingredients on hand

    • Ashley

      Hi, Eydie! Yes, you can omit the lemon.

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