If you’re already feeling a little off balance this year, you’re not alone! I’ve been struggling with focusing, I have zero clue what day it is, and don’t even get me started on my sleep. So, per usual, I’m doing my best to listen to my body, and really take things day by day. One of my cravings has been toast, smeared with melty almond butter and jam. But in the spirit of 2020, and I guess 2021, when I ran out of the store bought stuff, I concocted this simple strawberry chia seed jam from a couple bags of frozen strawberries and woah– YUM.
One of the great perks of this simple strawberry chia seed jam, is that it truly is simple. All you need is frozen strawberries, chia seeds, water, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It has zero added sugar, which makes it ideal of topping pretty much everything: pancakes waffles, toast, muffins, scones, oatmeal, you name it. And if you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter, you can always add in a tablespoon of coconut sugar.
The jam continues to thicken as it cools, so it is best either a couple hours later, and even better the following morning.
Simple Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
Yields 2 cups
24oz frozen strawberries (I used 2 12oz bags)
1/2 cup water
2 T. chia seeds
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1. Add the frozen strawberries and water to a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes. The strawberries will start to lose their color, then break down and release all their juices. I usually stir it a few times to help it along and mush up some of the bigger pieces with the back of my spoon.
2. After thirty minutes, the strawberries will be mostly rendered down. I used my immersion blender and gave the sauce just a couple pulses, but left it rather rustic.
3. Stir in the chia seeds and cinnamon. Enjoy right away or after the jam cools. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.