This fabulous Strawberry Chia Jam is the perfect combination of sweetness and nutrition that should be incorporated into your daily morning routine. Not only is it organic, all natural, and vegan-friendly, but it also tastes phenomenal on whole grain products such as toast, waffles, pancakes, and English muffins. We love how easy this jam is to prepare. Once you try it, it will become a staple in your household.
Chia seeds are rich in calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat that can only be obtained through foods in your diet. Omega-3’s play a role in brain function, growth/development, and help fight many types of diseases. In fact, studies have shown that these essential fats can reduce inflammation that may lead to heart disease. Add chia seeds to your favorite recipes for an added boost of nutrition. Not only do they taste delicious, but they will provide extra health benefits to an already nutritious snack.
Once made, this jam stays fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. Make sure the jam is sealed in an airtight container. This jam can be frozen for up to 3 months; it should be thawed in the fridge before using. And for added ease and convenience, our jam can be prepared using either fresh or frozen strawberries.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the strawberries, vanilla extract, balsamic vinegar and sorghum syrup. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. As you cook this mixture, the fruit will become syrupy and thicker. Continue stirring and mashing the fruit until it reaches your desired consistency. Once the mixture is thickened, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the chia seeds and mix thoroughly. For a smoother jam use a immersion blender or blender until desired consistency. Let the jam sit for at least 5 minutes until it sets. Refrigerating the jam for 1 hour or overnight will produce a thicker jam.
Once the jam has cooled at room temperature, place the mixture into a jam jar or a glass container and let it set for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight jar for up to 2 weeks.
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Calories: 25 calories, Fat: 1 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 3 grams, Sugar: 2 grams, Sodium: 1 milligrams, Fiber: 1.5 grams, Protein: 0.5 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
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