One thing I love about summer is the piles of fresh fruit in the supermarkets. I walk into the grocery store and it’s like a rainbow exploded all over the produce section–it’s so colorful! But the one thing I hate about buying fresh fruit is the fact that unless I eat it almost immediately, it has a tricky way of going bad the back of the fridge.
So what to do with a basket of semi-old/soft/really ripe strawberries?!
JAM IT! :)
I had loved Eating Bird Food’s Chia seed jam technique for her strawberry jam, but I also caught the latest episode of Ina Garten’s Back to Basics where she turns 3 cups of strawberries into a sweet jam treat—complete with about 3 cups of sugar, too! So I tested out a healthy combination of the two (minus all the sugar!)…and it was magic in my pan!
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
- 1 basket/container fresh strawberries, stems and leaves removed
- Juice of 2 oranges
- 1/2 green apple, peeled
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Chia seeds
Cut up your strawberries. I like to see the big hunks of strawberries in my jam, so I halved some and quartered some of my berries. But feel free to chop them to the size you like.
Chop up the green apple into small, 1/4-inch pieces. These guys go undetectable in the jam and simply add a bit more texture–but they also add Pectin, a fiber found in most unripe fruits that help in the gelling process!
Add the strawberries, the chopped apple and the juice of 2 oranges in a saucepan over medium heat.
Allow to cook for 15 minutes–until the fruits are nice and bubbly.
the fruit mixture will be very liquidy. This is good! Let cool for about 5 minutes, then add the chia seeds. Chia seeds are wonderfully high in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. Chia seeds are great for making a healthy jam because they gel-up in liquid! Just add your chia seeds and watch in amazement!
Allow the jam to cool completely. Place in a jar or container and store in the fridge. The chia seeds gel up pretty quickly, so add more or less depending on how thick you’d like your jam. Plus, you can’t even tell they are in the jam–because they are tasteless and look just like strawberry seeds! I have been eating my jam on everything–from rice cakes, to bananas, to yogurt. YUM!
Starwberry jam. No sugar added. Only 4 ingredients. Sweet summertime :)