As you already know I love to make recipes that contain no refined sugar. There is too much refined sugar in our day to day lives, and although it tastes wonderful it is not good for you. It causes a lot of inflammation in the body, and suppresses the immune system.
Traditional jam from the grocery store contains the following ingredients. This one is titled "pure strawberry jam." Ingredients are: Strawberries, sugar, glucose, glucose-fructose, pectin and citric acid.
So after strawberries it lists 3 different types of processed sugars. Sometimes this is a trick companies do. It is required by law to put the ingredients in order of the quantities that are in the product. By dividing the processed sugar into three different types, each individual quantity is less than "strawberries" as an ingredient but I am confident in saying that the three refined sugars combined equal more than the amount of strawberries in it.
It is very important to learn how to read labels properly. See our How to Read Food Labels Post Here.
Simple Chia Jam Recipe
2 Cups of Organic Frozen Strawberries
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon (I use a full lemon as I like it a bit more on the tart side)
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
In a saucepan, put the 2 cups of frozen strawberries in. Cook on medium (stirring occasionally) until warm.
Use a potato masher or fork and break the chunks of strawberries into small pieces. I always use organic strawberries as strawberries are the number one dirty dozen fruit/vegetable. It contains a great deal of pesticide and herbicide residue on it.
Remove from heat and let cool for about ten minutes.
Add the juice of one lemon, and the Chia Seeds and stir to combine and let sit about 5-10 minutes to thicken.
Put in a mason jar or air tight container and enjoy!
It will last approximately a week in the fridge.
You can use it on chia seeds, toast, in parfaits, on top of sundaes, in yogurt etc. The sky is the limit. When I am craving something sweet sometimes I just eat a scoop.
You can use fresh strawberries but might have to use less chia seeds as I find that frozen strawberries are more liquidy.
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