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This Strawberry Chia Jam is ready in 15 minutes! Made with only 4 ingredients, it's the perfect healthy alternative to conventional strawberry jam!
How to Thicken Jam?
Chia seeds have both soluble fiber and its outer shell is hydrophilic so it attracts and absorbs a lot of water. This is where their thickening properties come from. They are even great in homemade puddings like my Chocolate Chia Pudding!
How to Serve Your Jam
You can serve your jam in the following ways:
- used to make homemade strawberry oatmeal bars
- homemade vegan biscuits
- peanut butter and jam sandwiches
- toast and jam
- french toast, waffles, or pancakes
How to Make Strawberry Chia Jam
*Please read detailed and printable recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions.
Making Your Jam
- Chop your strawberries into small pieces and add to a pot and stir until liquid starts to release. (Photos 1 & 2)
- Add agave nectar, lime juice, and chia seeds and stir until it starts to thicken. (Photos 3 & 4)
Substitution, Cook, and Storage Tips:
- Want a smoother jam? Grind your chia seeds first and then add them to your strawberry puree. You can also use an immersion blender instead of a potato masher for a smoother jam.
- Use different berries. This recipe works with all types of berries; blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even a mixture of berries!
- Make when strawberries are in season. Local strawberries that are in season are sweeter and it will help lessen the amount of external liquid sweetener to use in your jam.
- For storage, make sure your lid is closed tight on your mason jar. It will keep in the fridge for 1 week and in the freezer for 2 months. DO NOT store at room temperature.
How Does This Recipe Help With Vegan Weight Gain?
So this jam along won't contribute to weight gain but when paired with pancakes or peanut butter sandwiches it can make for a tasty weight gain recipe!
How Does This Recipe Help With Vegan Weight Loss?
To make this more weight loss (waste/weight release friendly) you could:
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Strawberry Chia Jam
- 1 pint fresh strawberries note 1
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon squeeze lime juice
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Rinse your strawberries and begin to remove stems from berries
- Then proceed to chop your strawberries in small pieces. Grab a medium size pot and add your chopped berries over medium high heat.
- Stir your chopped strawberries until liquid from the berries start to release.
- Once the strawberries begin to breakdown, grab your potato masher to break down any remaining large pieces. NOTE: You can also use an immersion blender for this for a smoother jam.
- Next add your agave nectar, lime juice, and chia seeds. Stir until your jam starts to thicken over medium low heat.
- Remove from heat and transfer your jam into a clean sterile mason jar. Make sure the lid close tightly.
- Allow it to cool at room temperature for an 1 hour. While it sits, your jam will thicken.
- Use immediately in homemade vegan biscuits, toast, pancakes, or waffles. (Or whatever else you would normally use jam on).
- If not using immediately store in the refrigerator for 5 - 7 days or in the freezer for 2 months.
- STRAWBERRIES: To make these with frozen strawberries add directly to a pot over medium high heat until they start to soften and the liquid is released. Then proceed with the recipes as stated.
- ADDITIONS AND SUBSITUTIONS: This recipe works with all types of berries. When using blueberries, raspberries or blackberries, there is no need to chopped them as they are already small.
Update Notes: This post was originally published on April 22, 2019, but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, tips, and a video April 2, 2020.
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