Quick Chia Seed Strawberry Jam from The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook

December 15, 2014

Chia Seed Strawberry Jam in The Grain Free Family Table | One Hungry Mama

I’m obsessed with this recipe. Strawberry Jam. No cooking. No major wait time. No gelatin. Just berries, honey, lemon juice, and chia seeds. This is the kind of genius that The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook by Carrie Vitt offers readers.

I’ve been following Carrie and her blog Deliciously Organic for a while now. Her tasty cooking and commitment to unprocessed eating captured me from the first moment that I found Deliciously Organic. Pure eating isn’t just a lifestyle choice for Carrie, it’s truly a healthy choice. Her story is a powerful example of the healing power of food and her recipes will help you eat healthily and happily—and, of course, deliciously—no matter what your diet.

Carrie originally made the switch to organic eating after beginning to experience chronic migraines. Changes in her diet proved a powerful antidote to her debilitating headaches, which first clued Carrie into the power of healthy eating. Years later, when Carrie was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, she was able to, yet again, use food to heal. A grain-free diet rich in healthy fats, meats, vegetables, and fermented foods has helped Carrie reverse her disease and, in a powerful lesson for us all, she’s currently in full remission. Remission!

Carrie’s story is amazing. But, even more wonderful, is how Carrie has used her long family foodie history (her mother is one of the top caterers in the country) and experience as a recipe developer and cookbook author to turn her grain- and gluten-free diet into something accessible and appealing to all. Of course The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook is for families dedicated to gluten-free and/or paleo cooking, but it’s also great for any family interested in sticking to an unprocessed, whole foods diet.

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With recipes like Apricot Zingers (hello, jalapeño stuffed apricots wrapped in bacon!); Tater Tots made with nothing but potato, arrowroot, coconut flour, egg, and cheddar cheese; Roasted Cauliflower “Steak” with Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Capers; and this Quick Chia Seed Strawberry Jam, this book belongs in any family kitchen where super tasty, healthy eating is a priority.

 

Apricot Pecan Cookies from The Grain Free Family Table by Carrie Vitt | One Hungry Mama

Check out Carrie’s work on her blog Deliciously Organic and if these recipes have even the slightest appeal, trust me, try the book: The Grain-Free Family Table. In the meantime, nosh on this delicious quick strawberry jam which comes together in a snap and lasts in the fridge for up to 10 days. It’s perfect for breakfast, school lunch or snack time. You can even use it in these Coconut Almond Thumbprint cookies or, if you’re strictly grain-free, serve it next to a delicious pile of Carrie’s Grain-Free Graham Crackers or Apricot Pecan Cookies (pictured).

 

Quick Chia Seed Strawberry Jam from The Grain Free Family Table | One Hungry Mama

Quick Chia Seed Strawberry Jam
Recipe from The Grain-Free Family Table
(Can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*
Makes 1 cup

Once 10-ounce bag frozen strawberries, thawed
1 tablespoon raw honey*
2 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or orange blossom water

1. Place the strawberries (with their juices) and honey in a large bowl. Using a muddler or the back of a fork, mash the strawberries and honey together until the juices are released. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to macerate.

2. Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Store the jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The jam will keep for about 10 days in the fridge.

Note from Carrie: If you like a stiffer jam, add 1/2 tablespoon more chia seeds to the strawberry mixture.

*Note: This recipe should only be shared with eaters 12+ months due to the inclusion of honey which poses a risk of botulism for children under 1-year-old. If you’d like to share this with younger eaters, be sure to substitute agave for the honey.

One Response

  1. Liz says:

    Can you make this Strawberry Jam w/Chia recipe with jalapeños or do you need to cook it then to make Strawberry Jalapeño Jam?

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