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Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam

June 30, 2016
Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam - delicious healthy homemade alternative to storebought jam. We love this recipe, it's super easy! Strawberries, chia seeds, and maple sugar - nothing else! | thehealthfulideas.com

Surprise! I have another strawberry recipe for you! I bet you didn’t expect that.

So far, I’ve shared delicious Strawberry Coconut Sugar Cookies and these insane Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Oat Bars (probably my most favorite strawberry recipe ever)


This strawberry vanilla chia jam is also heavenly and really easy to make. You’ll love it!

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam - delicious healthy homemade alternative to storebought jam. We love this recipe, it's super easy! Strawberries, chia seeds, and maple sugar - nothing else! | thehealthfulideas.com

You can probably notice the creamy almond butter in the picture above — doesn’t it look incredible with the strawberry chia jam? Next Thursday, I’m sharing how to make homemade almond butter with you. You’re gonna love it, it’s so easy and much tastier than any store-bought version you’ve ever had. I mean, let’s be honest, homemade food is always better than store-bought.

If you love jams and compotes like me, you can check out these two I posted last year — delicious Cherry Compote and sweet & tart Rhubarb Jam. They’re both awesome for this time of the year because both rhubarb and cherries are in season right now. I don’t know about you but I definitely want to make the most of the seasonal fruits this summer.

I’m planning to share with you a couple cherry recipes throughout the summer so keep your eyes peeled for those. I don’t know how many I’ll be able to make considering I got a new job (yay!) and my back started making my life painful again (nay) but I’ll try my best because cherries are awesome and I love sharing my creations with you! :) In the meantime, you can check out this amazing Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal from last year.

I may or may not have already frozen about 10 kg of cherries from our tree and there’s about 3 times the amount still on the tree. Homegrown cherries anyone?

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam - delicious healthy homemade alternative to storebought jam. We love this recipe, it's super easy! Strawberries, chia seeds, and maple sugar - nothing else! | thehealthfulideas.com

Who needs pb&j when you can have homemade almond butter and strawberry vanilla chia jam, right? You can top your oatmeal or smoothie bowl with this jam OR you can make chocolate strawberry vanilla chia cups — I totally only now thought of this! You could even add almond butter to the mixture. Oh man, I should totally make that happen and post the recipe on here!

If you aren’t convinced yet that you need to make this, look at the photo below. JUST LOOK AT IT. (not screaming at you here, I’m just really excited about this jam apparently)

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam - delicious healthy homemade alternative to storebought jam. We love this recipe, it's super easy! Strawberries, chia seeds, and maple sugar - nothing else! | thehealthfulideas.com

I know, right??! It looks insanely delicious. It’s sweet, it’s creamy (is that actually the right adjective for jam?), and it’s full of amazing chia seeds. I’ll leave you with one last picture of the toasted bread with almond butter and strawberry chia jam so that you can feast your eyes on the deliciousness.

I’m totally making this again soon.

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam - delicious healthy homemade alternative to storebought jam. We love this recipe, it's super easy! Strawberries, chia seeds, and maple sugar - nothing else! | thehealthfulideas.com

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Vanilla Strawberry Chia Jam
 
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Recipe type: Jam
Serves: 2,5 cups
Ingredients
  • 6 cups strawberries, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • splash water
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or sub 1-2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp vanilla powder)
  • 2-3 tbsp maple sugar (or sub coconut sugar or even maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Start by chopping your strawberries. I like my jam to be chunky so I left a few small ones whole but you can chop them as finely as you like.
  2. Place the strawberries into a big pot, add a splash a water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Once boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your strawberries. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar and cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the chia seeds and the mixture soak for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally to avoid lumps.
  7. After it cools down completely, transfer the jam into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to one week.
Notes
I don't really use liquid vanilla extract so I'm not sure about how much you should add but I think 2 tsp should be enough.

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam - delicious healthy homemade alternative to storebought jam. We love this recipe, it's super easy! Strawberries, chia seeds, and maple sugar - nothing else! | thehealthfulideas.com


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28 Comments

  • Reply shannon April 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This looks so yummy! I love a good chia seed jam. I bet I could even convert this for the slow cooker!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

      maybe! Though I’m not sure how it would taste warm.

  • Reply Nina April 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I’m allergic to peanuts, so I’m a huge fan of almond butter! Making it on your own sounds great! Now I’m hungry …

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Yeah I don’t agree with peanuts too much either. Homemade almond butter is the best <3

  • Reply Amber Myers April 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Mmm, this looks so delicious! I love strawberries! I normally just buy canned jam, but I might have to make this.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

      You totally should, its easy and much better for you :)

  • Reply Divya April 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    YUM. I like the added chunk that you get with the chia seeds! Since moving to TN, one of the big things I miss about California is the farmers market. I always used to buy strawberry jam – freshly made – from the same lady every couple of weeks! Now I have to buy it at the store. BUT, I just found out that someone comes here every few weeks from South Carolina and sells fresh strawberries. So maybe next time he’s out here, I can buy a bunch and make some of this jam!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

      I love fresh local strawberries! You can really taste the difference. Yeah, you should definitely try this, it’s soooo good! :)

  • Reply Briana April 19, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    OMG. THIS jam looks delicious! The strawberry coconut sugar cookies don’t sound too bad either. I will definitely check that out.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Let me know how it was if you end up making either of the recipes :)

  • Reply Saidah Washington April 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I just bought a bag of chia seeds and I always have strawberries. I’m going to give this recipe a try.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Yes!! You’ll love it.

  • Reply Deimarys April 20, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I have been seen chia recipes all over the internet. Would see if a try a few!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Chia seeds are amazing, you should definitely try this jam ;)

  • Reply Blair villanueva April 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for this recipe, my Mom will be happy when I show her this jam recipe :)

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Yay! I bet you’ll both love it :)

  • Reply Dorothy April 20, 2017 at 10:07 am

    That is amazing how you make your own jam. I have been always meaning to do it but I always end upp buying it at the store and it takes forever to get through for my family lol.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

      I don’t like the long procedure of making actual jam but this is just a matter of heating up some strawberries and stirring in chia seeds. Doesn’t last that long but it’s super easy! :)

  • Reply The FashionSherlock April 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Hmmmm this looks yummy. I have no cooking skills. Great for a summer party.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

      You can totally make this even when you’ve never cooked, its so easy!

  • Reply Christopher Mitchell April 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious, I must admit! My goodness!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Reply Shane Prather April 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Two of my favorite flavors together in one place! This sounds to die for. Will be making!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 21, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Yay! Hope you love it!

  • Reply Ana Ojha April 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    This looks so tempting and incredibly delicious! I feel like grabbing my hands inside my laptop and trying it right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 21, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Haha I wish we could do that!

  • Reply Sarah Hughes April 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    This looks so delicious and something I would love to try. I’m not very good in the kitchen, so maybe I will have to stop by for something homemade from you!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thanks Sarah! Oh I wish I could just cook for everyone haha that would be fun! ;)

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