Love strawberry preserves? Then make your own Strawberry Chia Preserves 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
- 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.
12 thoughts on “Strawberry Chia Preserves”
I was one of those folks who hesitated to use chia seeds too – and now I use them in so many things! I love your strawberry chia preserves, not least of all because they are so easy to make. They look so colourful and tasty too!
Thanks April. It’s funny how our tastes can change as we grow up. I really loved these preserves in yogurt.
Simple, tasty and healthy. Did I mention that homemade strawberry jam has been a favorite since I was old enough to eat it? Thanks.
Homemade is always best. And strawberry has always been my favorite. ?
I made a strawberry chia jam last Christmas and it was fabulous– especially good in yogurt in the a.m.!
Thanks Lisa. Chia preserves make such an easy and great gift for the holidays too.
Interesting adding the chia seeds, do they add a certain flavour?
Not really. They just give the preserves the pectin needed to thicken up the jam. It tastes like good old fashion strawberry preserves.
Delicious!! I have been seeing this everywhere! Need to make me a jar.
It’s so easy to make and delicious and yogurt or on an English muffin. Give it a try. ?
LOVE homemade chia jam! The strawberries make it so pretty!
Thank you Jenn. It is become a great alternative to buying store-bought. And easy to throw together.