Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have long been a staple of most kids’ diets. However, those sugar-laden jellies at the grocery store might not be the healthiest item to incorporate regularly in your child’s diet. So what’s a parent to do? Create your own jam!
Don’t worry – I’m not talking about a super intensive canning process. Now that chia seeds are on the market, you can make your own homemade jam with just 10 minutes of prep time! Seriously, this is super simple and you’ll be shocked how great it tastes. It’s a refrigerator jam, so it’ll last up to a week in the fridge.
Plus, chia seeds are a nutrition superstar for your children (and for you)! They’re a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids which support cardiovascular and cognitive health, and also provide dietary fiber to support digestive health. A tablespoon also provides 6% of your daily calcium needs and 10% of your daily magnesium needs.
So the next time the kiddos are calling out for a PB&J, whip up this chia seed strawberry jam and give a healthful boost to their sandwich.
Step 1: Gather ingredients
The first step in creating this delicious chia seed jam is gathering your 3 simple ingredients. You will need…
1 pound of strawberries
2.5 tbsp. of chia seeds
1 tbsp. sugar, honey, or other sweetener (You can adjust this with a little more or less based on your taste preferences. Honestly, I think if your berries are super sweet you probably don’t even need to add this)
Step 2: Process strawberries
After you have all your ingredients, you should rinse the strawberries well. Hull the strawberries (remove the green top) and place in a food processor. Process until it reaches your desired consistency – you can puree until smooth if you like more of a jelly texture, or you can leave some larger chunks if you prefer a preserve-like texture.
Step 3: Heat strawberries
Transfer the strawberries from the food processor to a small saucepan. Heat on medium for a minute or two. You may notice that the strawberries sometimes turn a lighter pink color as they’re heated – that’s natural.
Step 4: Add chia seeds and sweetener
Once strawberries are hot, add 2.5 tablespoons of chia seeds and 1 tablespoon of sugar, honey, or other sweetener of your choice. Turn heat down slightly and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
Step 5: Transfer to the refrigerator
Place your jam mixture in a jar, bowl, or Tupperware and then chill in the refrigerator. Do not worry if it looks a bit thin in consistency – it will thicken upon cooling. After approximately 1-2 hours, it should be have that jam-like texture and you can enjoy it in whatever way you please!