It’s strawberry season!!!
I have such fond memories of picking strawberries with my mom, aunts, and my cousins. Sitting in the field eating fresh, sun-warmed strawberries and ending up with pink stains on my shirt and fingers.
Annie and I took the kids strawberry picking with some of their cousins and friends (along with my wonderful SIL and our girl friend). The weather was perfectly sunny ans the strawberries were perfectly warm. We piked for about 45 minutes and ended up with almost 15 pounds of strawberries!
Annie’s outfit was so cute (per usual) and totally inappropriate for picking strawberries with kids, (She had to keep reminding the kiddos not to get strawberry juice on her skirt.)
Now back to the strawberries. Since we picked waaaay more than we could eat I let my family indulge in as many as they wanted for about two days and then I made 10 jars of jam. I made two batches of regular strawberry chia seed jam and one batch of roasted strawberry chia seed jam. I wish I had just made the roasted because it’s A.MA.ZING!
Let’s chat about jam and jelly for a sec. Most of the time jams and jells are full of sugar and pectin and who knows what else. But if you use sweet berries, and a small bit of honey or maple syrup you don’t need all that sugar. And if you use chia seeds as the thickener than you don’t need the pectin. Plus then you get all the added benefits of the chia seeds.
This roasted strawberry chia seed jam is paleo (unlike that scrumptious croissant in the photos), vegan (if you use maple syrup), low added sugars, clean eating, and one of the most wonderful flavors you will ever taste. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, and slight tartness. It can be as smooth or chunky as you like and served on toast, PB&J’s, oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, cake, mixed with cream cheese, blended with a smoothie, or even stirred into a mixed drink.
Want more chia seed recipes? Check out my series on Chia Seed Pudding.
- Week One (basic, chai, earl grey tea, strawberry, chocolate covered strawberry, double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter cup, almond joy)
- Week Two (mocha, cran-orange, cinnamon apple, double chocolate almond, pumpkin pie)
- Week Three (salted caramel, muesli, pina colada, vanilla bean, mexican chocolate, apricot magic bar)
- Chocolate Chia Seed Mousse