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Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam

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.


  • 15 fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon juice (or juice from a regular lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons Heilala Vanilla Syrup [1]
  • A few grains of table salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white chia seeds (I used Melissa’s White Chia [2])


  1. Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam on Shockingly Delicious [3]Wash, 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 [4]


Dorothy Reinhold / Shockingly Delicious


  • 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 [5] sent the vanilla syrup and Melissa’s Produce [6] sent the white chia for recipe testing.