Sugar-Free Strawberry Basil Chia Seed Jam

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I’ve been meaning to make a chia seed jam for ages. They’ve been all over the blogosphere for years, but for some reason I had this block against it. Maybe I thought it would be too much work, maybe my list of nine million DIYs to do is overwhelming and I never get to any of them. Who know.

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But, I finally did it. And I have to say, the results are glorious. I seriously can’t believe I waited this long to make chia seed jam. First or all, it’s dead simple. Second of all, you don’t need sugar or gelatin to thicken it. Umm, yes please. Third, it’s super fast. Fourth, it’s just as cheap as a good-quality store-bought jam (and cheaper if you buy berries that didn’t come from halfway across the world in the dead of winter) as well as being way healthier.

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I love everything about this. Seriously. I can’t express how awesome and easy this was. It might be partly that I love the ritual of toast in the morning, hot and crispy, spread with just a little bit of nut butter or Earth Balance, and then topped with a fresh, summery coating of fruit jam. The little things in life…

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So, even if you don’t think of yourself as the “makes-their-own-jam” type, give this one a try.

Ingredients:

– About 4.5 cups of strawberries (I used frozen, because it’s winter and that’s what I had)

– 3 tbsp chia seeds

– 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

– Optional: 2 tbsp maple syrup

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Throw all of the berries into a saucepan, and bring to a boil.

Simmer, stirring, while you roughly mash the fruit with a fork or potato ricer for a few minutes.

Add the chia seeds and cook for a couple more minutes, hunting for those last berries you can smash.

All the maple syrup, if using (I didn’t), and turn off the heat.

Let the jam cool. As it does, it will thicken further.

Pop it in the fridge and you have fresh, healthy jam!

Note: I tried some with maple syrup, and some without. Personally, I preferred it without. I found that when I tasted it on its own I wanted the sweetener, but as soon as it was on toast I liked the unsweetened one the best. So whatever works for you, I guess.

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Sugar-Free Strawberry Basil Chia Seed Jam
 
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This homemade strawberry basil jam will blow your mind. Yeah, I didn't know jam could blow minds either. But it can, and it will.
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Cuisine: Vegan, sugar-free, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free
Serves: Approx. 2 cups
Ingredients
  • - About 4.5 cups of strawberries (I used frozen, because it's winter and that's what I had)
  • - 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • - 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • - Optional: 2 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Throw all of the berries into a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer, stirring, while you roughly mash the fruit with a fork or potato ricer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the chia seeds and cook for a couple more minutes, hunting for those last berries you can smash.
  4. All the maple syrup, if using (I didn't), and turn off the heat.
  5. Let the jam cool. As it does, it will thicken further.
  6. Pop it in the fridge and you have fresh, healthy jam!

 

 

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