Strawberry Refrigerator Jam

Strawberry Refrigerator Jam

January 17, 2017   12 Comments

This may not be the time of year for fresh strawberries but you don’t need them for this recipe.

Frozen strawberries give you a blast of spring flavor when we need it the most (winter). They are less expensive than the fresh version and for this recipe –you don’t need the fresh version.

Winter is a tough time for a healthy food blogger because the inspiration isn’t happening. Usually, I go to the store and see fresh produce coming in and I get excited. This time of year, I simply want to sit on my couch, drink red wine, and eat cheese.

Needless to say, if I wrote about what I want to do rather than strawberry refrigerator jam – this would be another kind of blog.

This jam is made with chia seeds. I can find them everywhere including Aldi (only $3 per bag). Chia seeds (like most seeds) are incredible nutritious – high in manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, etc. – AND (the best part) they make food gelatinous.

They thicken anything you put them in and so they make great pudding - chocolate pudding with chia seeds, overnight oatmeal and jam.

You don’t need pectin or any added sugar to make this work. Ordinarily when you make jam, you add sugar as a thickening agent (and because it tastes good). Here you are using chia seeds to thicken the jam and fresh pitted dates to sweeten it.

This is ridiculously easy in a blender and then you simply store for 90 minutes in the refrigerator and it turns magically into a thick fruit spread.

Put it in your yogurt, on your toast, on ice cream, or just eat it as a treat! Yum!

This is a great alternative to high sugar jams and spreads. Don’t tell anyone about the chia seeds – they don’t need to know.

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Strawberry Chia Refrigerator Jam

Makes 8 ounces

½ cup pitted dates
¼ cup water
2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Blend dates and water until dates are chopped. Add 1 cup strawberries and puree. Add second cup and chia seeds and pulse a few times to ensure you still have some chunks of strawberry. Put in refrigerator for 90 minutes and enjoy! This will keep in your refrigerator for one week.

One tablespoon is 30 calories, 0.6 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 5.9 g carbohydrates, 4.7 g sugar, 0.5 g protein, 1.5 g fiber, 6 mg sodium, 1 SmartPts

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12 Comments:

This is just plain cool. A little food magic. Do the chia seeds fork over their nutrition even if they don't pulverize?

on January 18, 2017

Oh this looks very good! I'm definitely going to make this.
Thank you!

on January 18, 2017

Jennie, no either way nutrition wise it stays the same.

on January 18, 2017

How long does it last in the refrigerator?

on January 18, 2017

Whoops! just saw it! :-)

on January 18, 2017

Adding nutrition to jam, man, these chia seeds really get around! This is brilliant. I still make the chocolate chia pudding you posted, its sinfully good. Now I'm wondering if chia strawberry pudding would be a thing to try. This is fun cause its so healthy. Love your creativity Lisa!

on January 18, 2017

How long does this last in the fridge? Not that I think it would stay very long, but how long could it be stored?

on January 20, 2017

@Cassie - this lasts for a week. It has no preservatives so it will go bad. Thanks for your question!!

on January 20, 2017

Could this be frozen too?

on January 22, 2017

Can this be used with other fruit? I was thinking frozen blueberries or peaches?

on February 1, 2017

I make it all the time

on February 1, 2017

I tried this about a week ago and it was delicious!

on February 12, 2017


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