Will My Kids Eat It? Chia Seed Strawberry Jam

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I don’t think I’ve never made jam before. It’s not something I really eat though when I do, it’s because my mother in law (who makes awesome jam) or my brother in law (who also makes awesome jam) have given us some jars. I had considered making some myself just to tick if off a culinary bucket list but the thought of using so much sugar always put me off.

Enter the Oh She Glows Cookbook recipe for Magical Chia Seed Jam. Arthur and DeeW would eat a jar of store bought strawberry jam with a spoon if they could. I figured if we made our own, they might just be happy enough with it and stop nagging me to get some from the shops.

This recipe is super simple: strawberries, vanilla, a little maple syrup and a heap of chia seeds in a saucepan. The tricky part, when it came to the kids, was the chia seed. That could have blown the whole op. Bad photo:

magical chia seed jam

DID MY KIDS SAY HEY THAT IS NOT FROM THE SUPERMARKET THIS JAM IS AN IMPOSTER? (Arthur age ten and DeeW age nearly-seven)

DeeW: “This is the best jam I’ve ever tasted. I’m going to have a jam sandwich for supper every day”.

Arthur: “Really good. You can taste the real strawberries. Can I make the next batch?”

Sure, it’s a sweet dish and chances are they would like it, but my challenge was a) potentially having them be turned off by the sight of the chia seeds and b) they love the jam from the big labels sold in supermarkets andΒ may well have done the “but the supermarket jam is bettaaaaaaah” nagging. As it turned out, they nagged for jam sandwiches ALL the time. Drove me nuts.

30 thoughts on “Will My Kids Eat It? Chia Seed Strawberry Jam

  1. you have to email me this recipe. Got the diabetes diagnosis again and was wondering how the heck I was going to make jam (I don’t like the store bought diet ones with all the chemical sweeteners) and all the so called sugar alternatives spike my blood sugar except stevia and as I don’t use the cup for cup stevia with filler (I use just the plain powdered stuff which I put like 1/12th of a teaspoon in my tea) that wasn’t going to work either. YAY. I am obsessed with chia seeds. I make it like I would rice pudding. soooooo delicious.

  2. It sounds super delicious with the strawberries and maple syrup. I can see how the chia seeds could scare some kids off, though, so I’d consider this a victory! πŸ™‚ I love the reviews from your kids in your MoFo posts.

  3. ha ha – at least they drove you nuts for the right stuff πŸ™‚ that is pretty much the jam I made and I have made it a few times now and we all love it so much – it would look pretty on one of those chia puddings – I have even put some in smoothies – though sounds like you don’t it going spare but it is amazing isn’t it – and you didn’t say what you thought – maybe you need to be included on the list of reactions πŸ™‚

  4. I’m glad they liked it! The globby little spheres could be a problem for some! I love your theme πŸ™‚ I have a veg kid who hates hummus…I was always wondering why and now I realize that everyone is entitled to have foods they don’t like as long as they eat enough other stuff that’s healthy. She put Sriracha all over her collard greens at a vegan restaurant and the waiter said “that’s not ketchup!” and she said “i know!” πŸ™‚

    • ha that’s fantastic! One of my friends was out with her vegan kids and they were all eating raw veg and kale chips and other parents were all “how do you do that?!?!”

    • I think so too, I don’t like seedy-crunch things like the black bits in passionfruit and I can’t believe there are people out there who chew on the seeds in grapes *barf* But the chia in the jam was fine!

    • It’s so good, though today the kids asked what the seedy bits were and I was all ohhh, just the strawberry seeds hey what’s that over there.

  5. Hmmm… I am somewhat suspicious of chia seeds (even though I have hardly ever had anything with them in it), but if it is good enough to get your kids wanting jam sandwiches every day I will have to try it.

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