Are you a jam lover that is looking for a cleaner version?
I have always loved jam on pretty much anything. But sadly, off the shelf jams are filled with so much sugar and unpronounceable additives. My mother's jam on the other hand, is incredible! The house is filled with various glass mason jars with a rainbow of colors! She buys an ingredient all the way from Germany each time to help her make the fruits the gel-like texture. Oh, and she adds her sugar too! Probably why it is so addictive.
So I decided to scrap out all processed sugar, and additional additives, and make my own homemade strawberry jam out of chia seeds. A little extra Omega-3 never hurt anyone.
It took me 2 minutes to slice, wash and de-stem the strawberries, it took less than 10 seconds in the nutribullet, and then another 5 minutes on the stove. I would call that pretty easy, don't you think?
Here’s what I did, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Fresh strawberries (I used about 15 small/medium sized)
2 tablespoons of Chia seeds
Maple syrup (if you have a sweet tooth) – its optional
Wash your fresh strawberries, and de-stem them. Place the strawberries into a nutri-bullet and literally pulse them for less than 10 seconds – you don't want them too watery. Once they are ready, pour it into a pot, and blend in the 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. If you like it a little thicker, then a little more chia will do the trick. Once blended, drop in a little maple syrup just for the taste – and again, this is optional and only if you like it sweet.
Next, make sure the stove is on medium heat until you start to see bubbles, and then simmer on low heat for another 8-10 minutes until it really starts to thicken. Once done, let it cool in the pot, and then transfer into your glass mason jars, and keep refrigerated. Hopefully the quantity should last you the week, and if not make some more!