Since I have a gluten intolerance, I’m not the biggest bread eater, but now and then I am sick of eggs in the morning or overnight oats. Still have not found the perfect recipe for gluten-free bread. I tried several recipes but none has really convinced me yet. I am not giving up. Maybe you have one then please, happy if you share it with me. Until then I still buy my gluten free bread and put it in the toaster. Now that there is this yummy strawberry chia jam recipe the toaster is used more often.
This week not only the desire for bread but also a large basket of strawberries, which I had received from friends came together and I can share the recipe for strawberry chia jam with you. The nice thing about chia jams is, it goes fast, the fruits can be mixed and in addition there are tasty spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom as well as thyme, basil or mint depending on season and taste, that you can add to your recipe. I usually only prepare small portions that I can use up quickly and have the ability to try new recipes again.
The strawberry chia jam will be fine in the refrigerator for about a week. Since they have no preservatives or anything and it is fresh fruit they can go bad quicker then regular jam. Works not only well with bread or on toast but also amazing on pancakes, in yoghurt or your granola. Maybe a good way to convince your kids to eat more fresh fruit.
Chia seeds contain a lot of omega-3, actually they have 10 times more than salmon and 4 times more iron than spinach. In addition to omega-3 and iron chia seeds provide magnesium, calcium, and especially fiber. The high omega-3 and alpha-linolenic acid content affect your blood positively. The blood fluidity is improved, thereby reducing the calcification of arteries, which frequently are a cause of heart attacks. Chia seeds are gluten-free and versatile by nature. Chia seeds can absorb and store fluids. They develop a jell-like consistency. This feature can be used for the production of this yummy strawberry chia jam.
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2 cups Strawberries fresh or frozen
3 tbsp. Chia Seeds
1 Vanilla Bean or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp. sweetener of your choice – I used Agave Syrup
- Put the chia seeds in your mixer and turn the volume on high, let it run to get a flour like consistency for your chia seeds. You do not need to do this step. You can also keep the chia seeds as they are and the recipe works as well. I just prefer my jam without.
- Wash your strawberries and add them to the chia seeds, together with the vanilla bean and the sweetener. Let the mixer run until you have a consistency that you like. Some like their jam with some fruit chunks. If the jam is too thin for you, you can always add chia seeds/flour. The jam will be less thin after a while since the chia seeds absorb fluid.
- Fill everything in a jar with a cover and your jam is ready, enjoy!
Keep the jam in the fridge, will be fine for a week.