I’ve been meaning to make chia jam since…..two years ago when I first heard about it. I figured it would be a laborious task, but when I typed “simple chia jam” into Google I got quite the plethora of options! The one I chose was perfect. I tried it once with strawberries and then actually tried a blueberry jam too. Both were delicious. Ask Paige….
So, yeah, be sure that your child is old enough to take on the “Acidity” of strawberries before offering this to him/her. I think Paige, at 8 months at the time, wasn’t ready for strawberries. The blueberries seemed to work better for her, because they are a bit less acidic. Regardless, you can try either option.
- 1 cup fresh strawberries or blueberries
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 T water
- 1 tsp. maple syrup (or Stevia to taste)**
- In a smaller bowl mash the berries with a fork or blend with a blender, leaving some nice chunks. Add the water, chia seeds and maple syrup (or Stevia if using). Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, at least, and then enjoy on toast or waffles or however you'd like!
I toasted some really good whole grain bread with oats, and added a light layer of cream cheese and then a thick layer of jam on top. I actually made the first batch of jam without using any sweetener at all, and it was perfectly fine for my taste buds. This snack hit the spot.