Here's a dietitian's version of jam 🍓This healthy alternative includes strawberries for fibre and chia seeds for protein and omega 3s. Strawberries are coming into markets now at a reasonable price and if you're anything like me, you can use up that stash of chia seeds you've had lingering in the back of the pantry for ages 👍🏼 Using strawberries also means the 'jam' is naturally sweet, so needs very little added sugar for taste! ⠀
1 cup of strawberries 🍓 🍓(I used tired looking ones that weren't going to get eaten fresh!)
juice from 1/2 a lemon 🍋
1tsp brown sugar
1tbsp of chia seeds
Method:⠀ Chop strawberries and simmer on low heat for 5-10 mins with a splash of water 💦 . You're aiming for the fruit to be soft and mushy.
Take off the heat. Squash fruit with a masher (this is a great job for kiddies- with supervision).
Stir through the sugar and lemon juice.
Mix in the chia seeds and leave to stand for at least 5 mins before transferring to a jar. The chia seeds will thicken the jam as they absorb some of the liquid. ⠀
Keeps 2 weeks in fridge or up to 3 months if frozen.
Use as a spread on toast or add a dollop to your yoghurt.