This strawberry chia jam is a made with simple ingredients like strawberries, chia seeds, maple syrup, and lime. The chia seeds help to thicken the strawberries to make them jelly-like, so you can have homemade jam without the long canning process - a yummy recipe from Pretty Simple Cooking cookbook by A Couple Cooks
You guys, I just made my own jam! And it’s not the traditional jam with the whole canning process. It’s Strawberry Chia Jam that I made in a saucepan and took me only 15 minutes! I made this recipe from the Pretty Simple Cooking Cookbook written by Sonja and Alex from A Couple Cooks! The cookbook is full of 100 vegetarian recipes that are so pretty and so simple – hence pretty simple cooking!
I was so excited to dig in because I absolutely love vegetarian recipes that are easy to make and have accessible ingredients. So the first thing I decided to make was this strawberry chia jam. I know what you’re thinking, you said easy. But this is totally easy, I promise. There’s no canning and waiting process involved!
To start, you basically use fresh or frozen strawberries, throw in some lime juice, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and simmer it all together.
Next, you’ll add in some chia seeds. What happens is when the chia seeds get heated, those tiny seeds naturally thicken the strawberries into a jelly-like spread.
And what you get, as Sonja and Alex call, it is “supremely simple homemade preserves.”
You can take this basic idea of the strawberry chia jam, and do it it with blueberries, raspberries, cherries or whatever fruit you’d like. I love that they used lime in there because it gives it a nice tangy punch.
And the cool thing is, you can literally eat it within 15 minutes of starting the recipe. If you store it in the fridge though, it will settle even more when it gets cold. But who can actually wait for that when you smell those strawberries simmering for 15 minutes! I spread it on toast with peanut butter STAT. But you an also use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles, or swirl it on yogurt.
I’m borderline obsessed with this strawberry chia jam fabulousness, and can’t wait to make more recipes from the Pretty Simple Cooking Cookbook!
Strawberry Chia Jam Recipe Excerpted from A Couple Cooks | Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food by Sonja Overhiser and Alex Overhiser. Copyright © 2018. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
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