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June 20, 2018

Recipe of the Week – Strawberry Chia Jam

I feel like it’s officially summertime once strawberry season starts!  Strawberries are a favourite here in our home, and I’m always trying new ways to prepare them.  And while everyone loves jam, I am not always crazy about the amount of sugar in it.  A few years ago I came across a jam recipe using maple syrup as a sweetener, and chia seed as a thickening agent.  I played around with different recipes, and came up with one that is sweetened with our honey, and has the perfect amount of chia seed to make the best jam texture!  It’s so good, and guilt free!  Enjoy!

Ingredients

8 cups of chopped fresh strawberries
1/4 cup of Marlin honey
4-5 Tbsp of chia seed

Directions

Add the strawberries to a saucepan over medium heat and add the honey.  With a potato masher, mash the strawberries.  Mash as much as you would like – I like a chunky jam, so I only mash a little bit.  If you like a smooth jam, mash until the there are no chunks of berries left.  Cook over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, to get rid of some of the excess liquid.  Remove from heat and add the chia seed.  Stir the jam.  Let sit for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You will notice the jam start to thicken up.  Pour into jars, let cool, and store in the fridge.  At the end of the day, you will notice the jam is quite thick and perfect to spread on toast or muffins!  *Note: since this jam does not contain any sugar or preservatives, it does not store in a pantry.  Keep refrigerated and eat within 7-10 days.  I keep one jar in the fridge, and put the remaining jars in the freezer.  This jam freezes beautifully and can be thawed in the fridge.  Hope you like this healthy and naturally sweetened strawberry chia jam!

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