recipe: cherry + strawberry chia seed jam + I’m a Foodie Contributor for August!
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Remember my post last month about Foodie, a Pinterest-like website for recipes and restaurants?! Well, I’m at it again! This month my collection is all about quick family meals… mostly because my husband and I have been eating at 9:00pm most nights. Eek! We need something FAST! I found a lot of my favorites that I never think to cook, so I’m looking forward to making my way through the collection. I think we’ll also be going to bed with happy stomachs!
Sooo, this month I decided to get CRAZY and add in my own recipes to my Foodie collection! Skim through it for two of my quick family meals…
Alright, onto today’s featured recipe a la The Fit Chronicles! It will be posted to Foodie ASAP. It’s terribly easy to make. I had chia seeds, frozen fruit, and a hankering for something healthy and with no added sugars.
Here’s what I did for the fabulous Cherry + Strawberry Chia Seed Jam!
Combine 1/2 cup of frozen cherries and 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries in a bowl. Allow berries to defrost.
You may use fresh berries, too. I personally like frozen for this because I feel like they produce more juicy goodness. To each their own.
Once the berries have defrosted, mash them! I used a potato hand-masher, you may use a fork. Mash to your heart’s content–I like my jam a little more rustic, so I didn’t over-mash. If you want it really smooth, cut the cherries in half or quarters before you get to mashin’.
Add 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds and 1 Tablespoon of water. Cover and refrigerate for 60 minutes to let the chia seeds gel into the jam consistency.
Here’s a photo pre-gel, post-chia seeding:
And that’s it! I like mine super natural but you can always add a dash of agave nectar or something along those lines to amp up the sweetness. This is the perfect recipe for your end-of-summer berries!
Interested in last month’s collection, Fresh Recipes with Summer Fruits and Vegetables? Check it out here!
What’s your favorite quick family meal? Care to share? I need some inspiration!