I have been wanting to make a healthy strawberry jam for the longest time. And now I don’t know why I waited so long. This jam is totally moorish, rich and healthy and packed with omega-3 fatty acids in place of traditional sugar.
It’s slightly tart but sweet enough for those who have quit sugar. In fact, if you have fresh and in-season strawberries you will find that even the 1/2 tsp of stevia isn’t needed. Because of it’s super low sugar content (natural only), high nutritional content and omega-3 fatty acids, this jam is also the perfect toddler food. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for the body to function and must be provided by diet because the body can not make these naturally. They are important for development and optimal brain functioning, which are essential functions for our little people.
Instead of spreading this super healthy jam on heavily processed bread I served it with organic corn thins and made it the perfect sweet afternoon treat with a cup of brewed tea. As outlined in the recipe, this healthy strawberry jam is sans the high amount of sugar that is usually found in jam. It therefore won’t last as long and should be stored in the fridge. I would recommend eating this jam within a few days, which is why the quantities listed make enough for only 2/3 cup.
- 1 cup strawberries, stems removed
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp stevia (or alternative natural sweetener - optional
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- Place the strawberries in a colander and wash well;
- Bring the water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the whole strawberries and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the strawberries fall apart when touched;
- Allow the strawberries to cool a little and then drain using a sieve. Set the strawberry juice aside (more delicious recipes for that to come);
- Place the strawberry pulp in a blender and blend until smooth;
- Add the chia seeds and stevia and stir well. Scoop into a clean glass jar and store in the fridge.
- NOTE: this is not a preserved jam and does not contain high amounts of sugar, therefore it should be eaten within a week.
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