How To Make Vegan Jam In 10 Minutes: A Homemade Vegan Jam Recipe
Since summer is at the corner, and we all feel like getting up earlier, jumping out of bed, have a nice breakfast and run to the beach, let’s have a look at one of my favorite ways to have breakfast: Fresh Coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and some toasted bread with some strawberry Jam.
Yes, jam, and I actually make it myself, well, I learned from a friend, and I would love to share this simple 10 minutes recipe with you and show you how to make Vegan Jam with Chia seeds and strawberries.
The Jam is rich in nutrients, full of flavor, with No sugar, no gluten, and no artificial colors; what else can you ask from a Jam?
100% healthy and perfect for spreading on toast or to add to a porridge or yogurt and enjoy a fantastic breakfast before you launch yourself in your busy day.
Preparing The Jam, Why Homemade?
The jam I am going to give you the recipe for is a strawberry flavored jam.
I have chosen strawberries for this jam, but rest assure that you can really do it with any seasonal fruit that you like, make it with oranges or peaches, apricots or cranberries, blueberries or bananas, mangoes or even tangerines.
What I mean, is no matter what fruit you choose the jam will be a perfect way to start your day and you can use either fresh fruits or even frozen ones, but I do believe that the fresh ones are a tiny bit more special!
The reason I chose to do the Jam at home is because I was finding more and more difficult to get a good jam in the store that would not have any added sugars, or artificial sweeteners.
Why Chia seeds?
The Chia is a seed that in contact with water generates a gel, which makes it one of the best substitute for the egg in many types of vegan desserts and the perfect gelling agent for homemade jams or jellies.
There are two ways to make this strawberries and Chia Jam:
- you can prepare it by cooking it
- you can prepare without any need to cook.
It is up to you whichever method you will decide to go for and will feel more comfortable with.
- 600 of strawberries
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of Chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Making the Jam using the first method
The jam will be ready in less than 15 minutes.
First of all let’s start by washing the strawberries and cutting them into small pieces.
Put them in a pot and cook them with the lemon juice on a low heat stirring occasionally and crushing the fruit with the spoon for about 5 minutes.
Once they appeared to be cooked, remove them from the heat and stir the compote blending it together to achieve a creamy like texture.
Next, let’s take the Chia seeds and add them to the mixture crushing everything together
Store the strawberry and Chia jam in a glass jar but leave it half opened and allow it to cool.
You can put it in the fridge for a couple of hours before consuming it.
Method 2 – no cooking required
It will take you approximately 5 minutes to do it this way.
Wash the strawberries and put them in a blender together with the Chia seeds
Blend it for a couple of minutes until you acquire the desired texture
Once you are done put the mixture in a glass jar and again store it in the fridge for a few hours before you serve it.
There you go, ready in less than 5, so you can definitely say goodbye to the store jam now!
The jam, is super nutrient, super healthy, with nothing chemical or artificial added to it, it is indeed the best jam you could ever give to your kids.
First of all remember that since we have not used artificial ingredients or sugar, the jam should last you in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
So when you are making it, do not use an enormous amount of fruits unless you have lots of people to feed because it will not last for too long. and after 3 days you would have to throw it away.
Secondly if the fruits that you have chosen are too ripe or a bit sour and you would prefer a bit more sweetness to it, I guess, you can add some brown sugar or agave syrup or even maple. But remember less sugar is always the healthier option.
And lastly, remember, that if you do suffer of diabetes, all fruits – as you will know – contain fructose as a natural sugar so before eating any jam it is always better to consult with your own doctor.
I hope you enjoy this short and sweet recipes and I wish you all a fantastic day.
P.s. Remember that if you want a great smoothie to go together with your Jam on Toast we have some great Smoothie recipes at our Smoothie Corner.