Breakfast

Strawberry Basil No Sugar No Cooking Jam

This jam was inspired by something my grandmother used to make.  It was such a sweet and delicious treat but was as simple as mashing strawberries and adding sugar.  We’d eat it right out of the container it was made in, and it was the perfect light and simple treat to enjoy in the summertime.  I decided to add basil to this jam because 1. I strive to add veggies to everything (obvi) and 2. our signature drink at our wedding reception was a strawberry basil martini 🙂 This jam is very lightly sweetened, so if you want/are expecting sugary jam, then add some more agave.  I prefer to just let the strawberry and basil flavors shine, slather it on some crusty toast, and enjoy!

Strawberry Basil No Sugar No Cooking Jam

Ingredients

Fruit, juice, and strawberry-basil jam on whole wheat toast: Breakfast of champions.

Fruit, juice, and strawberry-basil jam on whole wheat toast: Breakfast of champions.

  • 2 cups hulled strawberries (about 20 strawberries)
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T finely packed chopped basil
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T agave

Directions

1. Use a potato masher to smash strawberries.  They should still be slightly chunky.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

3. Refrigerate overnight so that chia seeds will have time to thicken the mixture into a jam.

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9 thoughts on “Strawberry Basil No Sugar No Cooking Jam

    • Glad you like it! This jam has a sweet but still garden fresh taste that I really like. Have you tried chia pudding? I wrote more about it in my comment above to afoodiesrecipebox. It’s a great way to incorporate chia seeds into a healthy dessert that you can get creative with!

    • Perfect – hope you like it! Have you tried chia pudding before? It’s something I like to make and might be another good use for your chia seeds. Just add any type of milk and whatever sweetener/extracts/flavoring you want and refrigerate overnight. You can add toppings too.

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