• Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam

    by Dorothy Reinhold on July 16, 2013


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    The tiny miracle that is a chia seed can be put to good use to save you time and trouble when making homemade jam.

    Use the freshest strawberries, straight from the fields or the farmers market if you are so lucky, and splurge on a couple of other premium ingredients – vanilla syrup and premium white chia. The natural gel coating on the outside of the chia will swell with the liquid from the berries, and voila!, the mashed, sweetened strawberries gel into some jam.

    [Pause for dance break: “It Must Be Jelly (‘Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That),” a 1942 jazz and pop song. ]

    Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam on Shockingly DeliciousWhat can you do with this Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam? Lots!

    • on top of toast, or in your pb&j sandwich, like normal jam
    • Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam on Shockingly Deliciouson a bowl of yogurt, cooked oatmeal, cottage cheese or ice cream, to jazz them up
    • spread on pancakes or waffles instead of syrup
    • used as a filling in a layer cake, or spread onto a piece of toasted angel food cake
    • whirled into your fruit smoothie

    Recipe: Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam

    Summary: The freshest strawberries from California, the finest vanilla syrup and a jolt of lemon juice to spark the taste make a wonderful raw chia jam.

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam on Shockingly DeliciousWash, dry and stem strawberries. Cut berries in half and put into a small food processor. Add lemon juice, syrup and salt and whirl until pureed, about 30-60 seconds. Add chia and whirl a couple of seconds until combined. Taste and add additional sweetener if you like.
    2. Pour into a lidded jar or container and refrigerate overnight to allow chia to fully hydrate. Jam will thicken up as the chia seeds gel. Keep jam in the refrigerator.
    3. Makes 1 cup or so.Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam on Shockingly Delicious

    Source

    Dorothy Reinhold / Shockingly Delicious

    Warning

    • Warning #1: Not every person likes the texture that chia imparts, so before you make up 24 jars of this and put them in the freezer, try a single jar and make sure your family likes it.
    • Warning #2: This jam is not cooked or preserved, so you must keep the jar in the refrigerator. I suppose you can freeze it, but I haven’t tried that. Let me know how it goes if you do.

    Preparation time: 5 minutes
    Diet type: Vegetarian, vegan
    Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw
    Number of servings (yield): 8
    Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)

    Heilala Vanilla sent the vanilla syrup and Melissa’s Produce sent the white chia for recipe testing. 



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