Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
PB&J. No childhood is complete without it, right? My little one was in for a yummy treat, because it was his first encounter with a jelly sandwhich and he devoured it! On occasion, I get bursts of excitement to try some new homemade treats for my little guy; this time, it was this delicous Strawberry Chia Seed Jam.
I've always wanted to make my own jam from scratch, but it seemed so intimidating. Surprisingly, it is so extremely simple when using chia seeds, that you could literally make this in your sleep! I'm so impressed with how easy it is, and I'm excited to try making it with other fruit.
See how yummy that looks! It's easily spreadable and packed with flavor. You won't be missing store bought jam, that's for sure! You may have heard about the health benefits of chia seeds - they're packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids, and that's only naming a few. They're a superfood that can be used in so many different ways, so I encourage you to discover other yummy recipes. I'm sure Pinterest has a ton!
Can you believe that you'll only need three ingredients? Yep, so simple and so utterly delicious and healthy. I love using organic ingredients as much as I can. Let me know if you want to learn about what all this organic hoopla is all about!
My little one loves being in the kitchen with me, and when he's not tugging at my leg to pick him up, he's usually emptying all of my cabinets. Thank you, son for rearranging things for mommy! Haha. Hopefully that will translate into a love for cooking one day. This photo shows the strawberries once they're completely boiled down, and right before the chia seeds join the party.
I cut his jelly sandwiches into miniature, baby sandwiches. Aren't they just the cutest! Ugh. I wanted to eat them!
Of course, he disassembled every single one of them, and got strawberries all over the place, but that's okay! He loved them so much. I hope you get to try out this recipe, and do try this for your little ones. Jam can be ridiculously expensive (especially organic). Skip the artificial sweeteners and added junk, and try this recipe. Enjoy, lovelies!
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
Author: Stina Abion | Hello Lovely Living
Published October 9, 2015
Servings: 6 oz
Prep: 0 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1.5 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- Place frozen strawberries in small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium to medium high heat. Begin to mash strawberries and continue mixing until a nice, smooth consistency is reached.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add chia seeds. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add maple syrup and stir well. Cool and then place in a glass jar. Enjoy!
- Can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Try using other fruits like blackberries, blueberries, cherries, etc.
Now wasn't that the easiest recipe, EVER? If you decide to try out this recipe, please share a photo with me on Instagram @hellolovelyliving. Happy Friday, and I'll be back for more kid-friendly recipes soon. Up soon: Homemade Chicken Nugget Shapes. Your littles will love this one. Talk to you soon!
Will you be making this recipe? What does your little one love to eat? I'd love to hear in the comments below!