I cannot get over how easy it is to make fresh strawberry jam with chia seeds, I have been playing about with a few fresh punnets of strawberries from the local farmers markets and the results were not only satisfying, they were simple too. There was no refined sugar added to this recipe and I used some raw honey. If you are vegan sweeten with some maple syrup.
The jam is really lovely on hot porridge in the morning (here is a good recipe), fresh yoghurt with berries and banana, it is fabulous smothered on crumpets, scones or toast. You could also use it as a the jam in between a Victoria sponge cake and so on.
I guess the reason why I love this recipe so much is that you can incorporate it with so many dishes and you also know that there is no refined sugar being used. Don’t kid yourself it still does have sugar, so have this jam in moderation. You can also do the exact same recipe using raspberries or blueberries.
This dish takes 10 minutes to make, the strawberries are barely heated which is great for keeping all of the vitamins that it offers in tact. We have recently just covered the preliminary study for nuts and seeds in nutrition this term and I thought I would get a recipe sharing the great value of the chia seed. I used black chia seeds so that is why the jam looks a little purple (still tastes the same!)
Why its good for you:
The strawberry is a good little chap, they are a good source of vitamin c, folate and potassium and antioxidants. Preliminary research has shown us that the strawberry might show us benefits of being an anti-inflammatory, but more evidence is needed. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre, protein and antioxidants. They are a rich plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids (which is a good anti-inflammatory and good for immunity) known to help with joint pain, aids with weight loss (making you feel more full), known to help improve energy levels and is good to have whilst exercising. Finally research has been carried out that it helps with diabetes and heart disease. Certain strains of honey are better than others, I use a raw honey (which I would recommend over supermarket bought) from country NSW which I get by the 10kg tub from a local beekeeper. Honey is known to have helped with asthma, coughs and allergic rhinitis, it is also used to aid with diarrhoea and gastric ulcers and as a carbohydrate during vigorous exercise.