This easy jam recipe has only 3 ingredients and is a great healthy alternative to traditional jam. Using only 3 whole food ingredients that likely have in your pantry it is super quick and easy to make!
I have been making jam since I was 19 but the jam I make now is much different than the jam I used to make a long time ago. Back then I understood there was only one way to make homemade jam, the conventional way!
More than one way
I got a recipe from a family member who had been making jam for a long time and just continued on with making it that way, not asking any further questions. Was the jam delicious? YES! Was it loaded with refined suger? Also yes!
Due to that fact I actually stopped making as much of it as I originally did but I also started eating it a LOT less. I used to get fun of for bringing peanut butter and jam sandwiches to university as they have always been a favourite!
Healthy and delicious
I’m so thankful that as my journey into health living (and eating) progressed I discovered that I can make healthier versions of the thing I love! This jam has 3 ingredients: strawberries, chia seeds and honey! That’s it! No gelatin or pectin or sugar.
In fact, when someone asked what the ingredients to my jam were and I told them, they said “But you used gelatin right? Someone told me you can’t make jam without gelatin!” Well, I am happy to inform you that you CAN in fact make jam without gelatin. Chia seeds are amazing! Not only are they packed with protein but when mixed with liquied they gel, offering a similar effect to gelatin but better for you.
I highly recommend using organic and in season strawberries for the best results! Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think! My husband said he couldn’t even tell the difference, and that tells me its A-OK!
Easy Strawberry Chia Jam
- 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced.
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Add strawberries to a large pot over medium heat and add honey. Stir.
- Stir them frequently as they begin to soften.
- When the strawberries begin to break down and fall apart mash them with a potato masher or fork to break them up.
- Bring the mixture to a slow boil stirring constantly. When you see big bubbles break the surface add the chia seeds and stir.
- The mixture might appear liquid but as the chia seeds set they will give it a gelatinous texture and thicken up the jam. Continue stirring over low heat for another 15 minutes then remove from stove.
- The jam is now ready for to store in the fridge for a few weeks or for canning. Please follow proper canning procedures to reduce bacteria and allow your jam to seal tightly for food safety.