Make your Valentine a quick and delicious sweet treat with my strawberry lemonade chia seed jam!
Well, the wait is over because I’ve got lots of fresh, tasty recipes coming your way this week … and they’re all part of #FreshTastyValentines!
#FreshTastyValentines is a group of 22 talented food bloggers, led by Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, who will be posting recipes all this week that we hope will inspire you to make some healthy Valentine treats for your loved ones!
We’ve also got a FABULOUS giveaway for you — seriously, you’re going to want to enter this one — but first, how about some fresh, tasty strawberry lemonade chia seed jam!
I think most of you know that my Valentine is my husband, aka, The Chef.
The Chef and I recently stumbled on a recipe for chia seed jam that intrigued us for a number of reasons: 1) It only had a handful of ingredients, all of which were healthy, 2) it’s low in sugar, and 3) neither of us had every worked with chia seeds before.
Now, before I go on, remember that giveaway I told you about? Well, the good folks that donated prizes for our giveaway also sent some to the #FreshTastyValentines bloggers, and I put my first set of kitchen gadgets to good use making this chia seed jam!
KitchenIQ is the new housewares branch of Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc, and they embrace their long-standing reputation for innovation and quality, reflecting their commitment with smarter products for the kitchen … including their “Better Zester” and their multi-purpose strawberry tool.
Now, I admit that I struggled a bit with the strawberry tool, which both cores and chops strawberries, but the Better Zester? Shh … don’t tell anyone, but it’s already replaced my “big-name” zesting tool!
The Better Zester made quick work of the lemons I had to zest … and the handy dandy storage container on the back collected the fresh zest as I was zesting it, while a built-in squeegee helped remove the moist zest from the back of the blade, giving me the best lemon zest I’ve ever seen. Oh, the storage container also has measurements on it so you can zest just the right amount … and it’s dishwasher safe too!
I kind of want to make some lemon curd just so I can zest all of the lemons! But, back to the recipe at hand …
Developed from a basic chia seed jam recipe from The Kitchn, my strawberry lemonade chia seed jam is pretty much everything you want jam to be. Both the strawberry and the lemon are front and center, making for a delicious tart and sweet jam that’s perfect for toast, English muffins, waffles, or whatever your little heart desires.
And those tiny “superfood” chia seeds? They did exactly as billed, easily thickening the jam while adding a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and all nine essential amino acids.
That’s a win-win in my book … and in my Valentine’s heart!
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 to 2 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds, plus more if needed
- Place the strawberries in a medium-sized saucepan, then cook over medium-low heat until the strawberries break down and become syrupy, about 5 to 10 minutes. As the strawberries cook, stir them frequently, while occasionally mashing the strawberries with the back of a spatula or a potato masher, until they are as smooth or as lumpy as you like.
- Remove the cooked strawberries from the heat, then stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and honey. Taste and add more honey to achieve your desired level of sweetness.
- Stir in the chia seeds, then let stand for 5 minutes or until thickened. If you prefer a thicker consistency, stir in more chia seeds 1 teaspoon at a time, though note that the jam will continue to thicken and become more set once completely chilled.
- Once the jam has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a storage container. Store in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)
A Day in the Life on the Farm
A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cheese Curd In Paradise
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Poet in the Pantry
Rhubarb and Honey
Sew You Think You Can Cook
The Pajama Chef
The Spiffy Cookie
Things I Make (for Dinner)
Tortillas and Honey
In addition to nearly one hundred #FreshTastyValentines recipes, we’re also hosting a giveaway! From February 1st through February 8th, you can enter to win an amazing prize pack courtesy of some amazingly generous sponsors. Get the giveaway details below!
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)
Bob’s Red Mill
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
Thank you to our fabulous #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing the prizes free of charge. They also provided the bloggers with product to use for #FreshTastyValentines recipe development without additional compensation. All opinions stated are those of the bloggers.
This amazing prize package includes five cookbooks from BenBella Vegan, a package of hemp seed hearts from Bob’s Red Mill, kitchen gadgets from Casabella, apples, an apple corer, and more from Envy Apples, stir-in pastes and two coolers from Gourmet Garden, kitchen gadgets from KitchenIQ, a $25 gift card from Mann Packing, a bottle of fruit ketchup from Not Ketchup, a package of organic chocolates from Pacari Chocolate, a prize box from Sun Basket, a package of marinades and dressings from T.Lish, a $150 gift certificate from UncommonGoods, and two bottles of wine from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
For full details on each of these amazing prizes, head on over to our fearless leader Camilla’s blog, Culinary Adventures with Camilla!
This fabulous giveaway begins February 1st and ends February 8th and is open to United States residents only. Enter now!