Chia Seed Strawberry Jam
It’s summer and that means berries are in season! Berries are my favorite fruit, and I love to experiment with them and make fun recipes. This Chia Seed Strawberry Jam recipe is perfect because you can still taste the freshness of the strawberries, and it doesn’t have unhealthy preservatives!
There are only four ingredients in this recipe, keeping it simple yet flavorful. The chia seeds in this recipe help to give it the jam-like consistency, so you don’t need gelatin in this recipe. My only warning: have a toothpick or floss on hand! I’m not sure about you, but I always get chia seeds stuck in my teeth! That’s okay, I still love them.
Citrus and Zest
Fruit jam is often made with lemon juice, but as you can see, I have used orange juice instead. It gives it a different flavor, but still adds the necessary citrus component. I also didn’t have any lemon juice, so this worked out perfectly. Another great idea is to add citrus zest to your jam for an extra kick of flavor. Zest is one of my favorite ingredients, and this would go great with lemon or orange zest.
You can add other forms of texture that would make this jam great, as well. Pomegranate seeds or chunks of fresh or uncooked fruit would upgrade this jam to the next level. Chunks of orange, and chopped berries or apples sound like delicious mix-ins. Diced and dried fruits like pineapple would be a fun addition, too. If you like nuts, you can chop them up and add them for texture too. I mash up the strawberries for the jam with a potato masher (this one!), but feel free to mash it to your desired consistency if you want more texture.
Many Ways to Eat
Jam is fun to eat, and there are so many ways to eat it. Breakfast toast or an English muffin is always a great idea, along with an elevated peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I love to top my vanilla ice cream with this Chia Seed Strawberry Jam, and I even dip my graham crackers in it. Mix it with some plain Greek yogurt, or even add it to a milkshake! How do you like to eat your jam?
Looking for more recipes using seasonal summer berries?
Check out my Blueberry Cheesecake Pastries!
Looking for more recipes using chia seeds? Check out my chia seed pudding recipes!
Chia Seed Strawberry Jam
- Potato Masher
- 2 lbs strawberries quartered or chopped
- 1 ½ tbsp orange juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- In a saucepan add strawberries and honey and cook over medium heat until the juices start to release from the strawberries.
- Use a potato masher to mash up the strawberries every few minutes until the strawberries are mashed to your desire. I like a little texture,so I don’t completely mash them all.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the orange juice to the strawberry mixture and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chia seeds to the strawberry mixture and stir well, trying not to get too many seeds stuck on the side of the saucepan.
- Remove mixture from heat and transfer to an air-tight container but keep uncovered until completely cooled. Let chill in refrigerator overnight to achieve the jam-like consistency.
- Enjoy on toast, ice cream, and even graham crackers!