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Fast & Easy Strawberry Chia Jam (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Updated on March 8, 2015

Unexpected Guests? This recipe will preserve your sanity when you're in a jam! ;)

Food choices can be a challenge when in the company of others. We all have different palates and sometimes our loved ones lead a lifestyle that is not in line with our own. It's a give and take; you can either bend a little, or break them in. Here's a sneaky, sweet idea for home-made jam that only takes ten minutes. This strawberry jam is made with chia seeds which are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3's. These easily digestible seeds don't have to be ground to release their nutritional benefits. Better still, these versatile seeds last a long time in the fridge without going rancid, unlike flax. This all natural treat will please little ones as well because you can just tell them the seeds are strawberry seeds. They won't know they're eating healthy (*GAG), until they're totally in love with it; and then, you tell them! ;)

Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon truvia

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Mash strawberries with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Turn heat to low and cook until thick.
  4. Let cool and store in the fridge.
  5. TIP: You can use frozen or fresh.
  6. Don't cook strawberries in the microwave as they tend to explode :)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 21 (per tbsp)

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Boroot 

      5 years ago

      I am making a lot of stuff with chia seeds, but didn't think of this one.. Nice one!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds quick and easy and uses all healthy ingredients.

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      Etherealista 

      5 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: Hi, sure you can add the chia seeds after-just add a little more water when you add the seeds. The seeds get gelatinous when they soak up water and that is what helps it become jam. ;)

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      If I add the chia seeds after I make the jam... would that work? Or does the cooking do something special? Chia seeds are special - I know that. (But I can't remember why!) Will have to try this out when I get some seeds...

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I will have to try this recipe.

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