I'm pretty biased when it comes to jams and jellies. Give me strawberry, or give me nothing else. I mean, the others are good and tasty and all, but nothing satisfies like a strawberry jelly. My favorite is TJ's brand, but I may have created a new monster.
The problem with jelly is that even if it's naturally sweetened with fruit juices, it is still just a sugary fruit carb bomb, usually on top of a carb like toast. And while I don't have anything against carbs, per se, I don't see any nutritional value in jelly.
Until now that is.
Chia seeds create a natural gel when they are moistened. I make a mean chocolate chia pudding a la OhSheGlows, but just recently learned of chia jam. PB&J will never be the same. If you need a reminder of why we love chia seeds, go here.
Strawberry Chia Jam
makes 2 cups
1 bag frozen organic strawberries
2 heaping tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp agave syrup or honey
Let frozen berries defrost overnight in the refrigerator, or leave on the counter for a few hours.
With the bag still sealed, use your finger tips to crush the berries.
Snip the corner of the bag and pour crushed berries into a jar or something that will seal well and keep in the fridge.
Stir in chia seeds.
Sweeten to taste!
Refrigerate for 1 hour to give chia seeds time to gel.
Then eat as you wish. I like mine with greek yogurt, cereal, and nuts as a treat or a light breakfast.