The most nutritious jam you will ever make!
Strawberry jam (or strawberry jelly depending on where you live) is a childhood staple which travels with us from childhood. But in these more sugar conscious times the fact that even many homemade versions are 50 percent has meant the sweet treat has slipped off some peoples toast and is no longer being dolloped in porridge. There is a solution though which is sugar free and boasts a dose of omega-3, fibre, protein, calcium and magnesium as well as a host of B vitamins and minerals. Plus this Sugar Free Strawberry Jam takes less than 10mins to make from start to finish so what’s not to love?
What I love most about this chia seed thickened jam is how quickly you can throw it together. It’s fine to use frozen fruit just a well. It’s a brilliant option if you need some jam for a cake and you don’t have time to nip to the shops. In the summer I am a big one for jam making and it can be a pretty efficient process if you get organized first. But this is a fab way of getting the thick consistency of jam with more of the fruit and no added sugar. When mixed with a liquid the chia seeds plump up and thicken the juices of the fruit. The blitzing helps break up the seeds a little so they plump up quicker.
I think this is sweet enough with the juice of the strawberries, but if you need to add a little honey or maple syrup to taste. Even though this is a sugar, you won’t use anywhere near the amount found in a traditional jam. You are also adding the nutritional benefits of the seeds, great if you have fussy kids because suddenly a jam sandwich isn’t so bad after all! Once made this will keep in the fridge for a week (if you haven’t eaten it all before then) and is so handy to add to porridge and puddings as well as spread on toast or rice cakes.
Sugar Free Chia Strawberry Jam
- 200g frozen strawberries (or fresh!)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- maple syrup or honey to sweeten
- Step 1 Slightly defrost the fruit and blend, with any residual water, with the chia seeds. If you need to add a splash of water if needed.
- Step 2 Pour the fruit and seed mix into a small saucepan and bring to the boil then simmer on a low heat, stirring regularly, for 5mins until thickened.
- Step 3 Remove from the heat and carefully taste to see if you want to increase the sweetness. Add maple syrup or honey to taste, remembering a little goes a long way!
- Step 4 Allow to cool before storing in the fridge for up to a week.