Love strawberry preserves?
Then make your own at home using fresh picked juicy strawberries and chia seeds instead of pectin.
This refrigerator jam uses the gelling qualities of chia seeds plus gives a nutrient boost you won't find in store bought jams or preserves.
Plus it just tastes better. Isn't everything better when you make it homemade?
Strawberry chia preserves take less than 30 minutes to make and taste delicious on top of crusty bread, drizzled on vanilla ice cream and spooned onto oatmeal. The possibilities are endless.
For breakfast I mix strawberry chia preserves in my yogurt and top with sliced almonds. It's great way to stay full until lunch.
Chia seeds are considered a superfood and with good reason. They're high in fiber and rich in omega 3s, antioxidants and minerals. They are great way to stay full. And did I mention they're gluten-free?
Now I was one of those who hesitated trying chia seeds. I'm not sure why. They're delicious!
Dry, they taste like poppy seeds. Add a little liquid and they absorb and soften the seed so they taste sweet. They are the perfect substitute for pectin in this strawberry chia jam.
Now any fruit would make for delicious preserves but for this recipe I chose strawberries because they are a favorite fruit among my boys. I think blueberry chia preserves would be just as delicious.
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Strawberry Chia Preserves
Makes 2 cups. Total time: 20 minutes
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Over medium heat stir the strawberries and honey for about five minutes until softened. Use a masher to mash the softened strawberries. Add the chia seeds and cook for about 15 minutes until the jam is very thick. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Transfer to jam or canning jars. Refrigerate for up to a week.