Don’t like overly sweet jams? I hear ya’. This strawberry rhubarb chia seed jam is naturally sweetened with orange juice and maple syrup and has a hint of cardamom spice. Spread it on your morning toast or pair it with some herbed goat cheese for a delicious treat!
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I hate to admit this, but I’m a yogi poser. I walk around in stretchy yoga pants and drink green smoothies through a stainless steel straw. This has been going on for a little while now, friends. My aspirations to be a “real” yogi led me to try chia seeds three years ago. I saw an instructor drink a soaked chia concoction after class, and I thought that if I ate chia seeds too, I would finally be able to do a handstand. Eating superfoods will make me a super yogi, right? Clearly. So I bought a bag of those seeds, mixed some with water and drank it straight. Learn from my mistakes. Don’t do it. And no, I wasn’t able to do a handstand after that.
It took another year for me to try chia seeds again, first in the form of chia pudding, then fruity chia drinks. I tried chia drinks again, against all odds. And you know what, they’re damn tasty. Nowadays, after an intense kickboxing session, I treat myself to a Mamma Chia drink. It feels like I’m rewarding my hard work with a boba drink, only fruitier, less sweet, and filled with that omega-3 greatness.
The kind people at Mamma Chia sent me a case of their newest line of caffeinated drinks—Chia Energy—and I LOVE them. They are caffeinated from the extracts of the guayusa plant (pronounced gwhy-you-sah) that is native to Ecuador, and every bottle contains 90mg of natural caffeine. While I can’t say whether the drink is more effective than coffee or tea in delivering caffeine to your body (I’ll leave that to smarter people), these Chia Energy drinks definitely give me an energy boost during my afternoon lulls.
Now, onto this jam. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make my own jam at home. It’s easy peasy. All you need are some fruits and maple syrup. I’m trying to be good about eating less refined sugar lately, so the jam is sweetened with fresh strawberries, maple syrup, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Top it on a slice of baguette with some herbed goat cheese because the sweet and salty works wonders together.
Some quick cooking notes:
I got sucked into checking e-mails and pinning things while cooking the jam and nearly burned a batch! Be sure to stir it every few minutes. Also, you may notice that the jam is runny when you turn off the heat, but it should thicken once you stir in the chia seeds and let everything sit for 5 to 10 minutes.Print
Strawberry and Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 1 1/2 cups
- 11 ounces (310g) strawberries, rinsed and hulled
- 5 ounces (140g) rhubarb
- 1/4 cup (60ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/3 cup (80ml) + 1 TBS maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
Herbed Goat Cheese and Baguette Snack
- 1 large baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
- 5 ounces (140g) goat cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, roughly chopped
- Chop the strawberries into quarters. Rinse the rhubarb and slice them to 1/4-inch slices.
- Place the chopped strawberries, rhubarb, orange juice, and maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Everything will be bubbling in the saucepan. Taste the jam to make sure that the sweetness is to your liking, adding more maple syrup if desired. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the ground cardamom. Let it cook for another minute and turn off the heat.
- Stir in the chia seeds and let the jam sit for 5 to 10 minutes. The jam should be thick so that when you scoop some into a spoon, the jam should slide down the spoon slowly.
- To make the appetizer, stir the softened the goat cheese with the thyme. Top the baguette slices with cheese and jam.
- Refrigerate jam in a jar for about a month.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Makes 24 Servings (2 tablespoons per serving). Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24, Total Fat 0.3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 1.2mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 5.4g, Dietary Fiber: 0.6g, Sugar: 4.1g, Protein 0.3g
- Jam recipe adapted from Oh My Veggies. I added rhubarb, orange juice, and cardamom to the jam and pulled back on the chia seeds.
- I used this strawberry huller.
- To soften the goat cheese, submerge the unopened cheese log into a bowl with warm water. It should be softened in 15 to 20 minutes. You can also leave it out in room temperature for a few hours.
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