Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

I love homemade jam. It tastes so much better than store bought! However, my only problem with homemade jam is all the sugar that goes into it! I found this chia seed jam recipe in my Oh She Glows cookbook and I’ve made it at least 3 times. It’s so easy and delicious. It’s naturally sweet without all the sugar! Also, there is no pectin in it either. It’s healthy and packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, and protein. Best part, it only takes 20 minutes to make. The chia seeds are magical and thickens up the jam. You’ll never get store bought jam again!

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(Recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook)

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
Makes about 1 cup

3 heaping cups fresh or frozen strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.
3 to 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

If you are using strawberries, make sure to chop up the strawberries in little chunks so it can break down during the cooking process, or put them in a food processor until almost smooth.

In a medium saucepan, combine berries and 3 Tbsp of pure maple syrup. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Lightly mash berries with a potato masher or fork, leaving some chunks for texture.

Stir in chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens to your desired consistency, or about 15 minutes.

Once jam is thick, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add more maple syrup if you want it sweeter. Enjoy on toast, muffins, oatmeal, cookies, or desserts! Put it in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks. It will also thicken up even more as it cools!

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