Jam is high in sugar, right?
Not always! I have just discovered a yummy alternative - chia seed jam! Wait! It is not as gross as it sounds!
This yummy jam has just two ingredients - strawberries and chia seeds.
I used frozen strawberries (which I had defrosted) as fresh ones are not so great at this time if year. For every cup of strawberries you use, you will need 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. So, if you use 2 cups of strawberries, you will need 2 tablespoons of chia.
I gently cooked the strawberries for about 10 minutes, mashing them as they warmed. Then I turned the heat off and added a tablespoon of chia seeds, stirring the seeds into the mushy fruit. I left it to cool before pouring into a storage container. The chia seeds absorb some liquid and give them jam its thick consistency. I left mine unblended, but if you like a smoother jam, you can blend it.
Chia seeds contain protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, helping this yummy spread to punch way above its weight in the nutrient stakes. The protein means the jam might have a lower effect on blood sugar levels.
The verdict from my kids was that it tasted the same as regular jam!!!