Surprise! I have another strawberry recipe for you! I bet you didn’t expect that.
This strawberry vanilla chia jam is also heavenly and really easy to make. You’ll love it!
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?
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)
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Place the strawberries into a big pot, add a splash a water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your strawberries. Stir occasionally.
- Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Stir in the chia seeds and the mixture soak for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally to avoid lumps.
- After it cools down completely, transfer the jam into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to one week.