This delicious Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam is made without any refined sweeteners. Thickened with chia seeds and ringing it at only 15 calories per tablespoons, you can spread it thick toast, dollop it high on yogurt and ice cream, or even eat it by the spoonful. It's super easy to make so you can always have a batch on hand!
Heya, friends! This Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam marks the one year anniversary of these Throw Back Thursday posts. ♡♡♡ #tbt!!
If you haven't seen all the other Throw Back posts, you can check them out here. This little project started when I was going through some old posts and found some delish recipes that had some pretty horrible photos attached to them. There was only one photo with this original post and it was taken with my old iPhone 3g. Can you guess how awesome it is? I've hidden the picture of a few blurry stalks of rhubarb and a couple of strawberries at the bottom of the post. Make sure to check it out for a chuckle. 🙂
So you know when you get caught ladling jam into your mouth by the spoonful? What, wait … that hasn't happened to you? Oh, just you wait.
This Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam you see here ?? is the kind of thing that will turn your normally reasonable adult(ish) like self into a 5-year-old who sneaks spoonfuls of jam when nobody's looking.
Hint: when you get caught, pull out the yogurt and say you were going to dollop some on top but needed to taste test the jam first to make sure the flavors go together. You already know they do, but the cover will leave you sounding very refined. Or so I thought when I pulled that one out. He he he.
And a big THANK YOU to my handsome man's mom for bringing me a whole pile of rhubarb from her garden. Expect to see more rhubarb recipes popping up around here!
Original post date: September 30th, 2011
The other night I dreamt about strawberries and rhubarb. What I dreamt about more specifically was my granny's strawberry rhubarb pie. Sometimes I find these pies can be too tart or too sweet, but hers manages to balance the line between sweet and tart like a Cirque-du-Soliel tightrope walker; it is perfectly in balance. When I awoke, the taste of pie still on my tongue, I felt a slight pang of disappointment. Rhubarb season here in Vancouver has passed. I tried to put it out of my mind but as sometimes happens, this was no easy feat.
I'm sure you can see where this is going by now but had you asked me what I was to find at the Vancouver's Farmers Market the one thing I would not have guessed was rhubarb. But there it was in all its stringy, pale red glory. It wasn't the thick stalks of bright red rhubarb found in early spring; these were rather skinny little stalks with a slightly reddish hue. None the less they were rhubarb. The other thing that I did expect to find, but only because we've been lucky to have a long warm end of summer, is strawberries.
I've tried to replicate my granny's pie once a few years back, and although it turned out okay, it was nothing like hers. It's really all in the pastry, a secret she's sworn she'll take to her grave. One day I'll put my time in and experiment till I get it right, but not today.
?? UPDATE: I managed to hack and master her pie recipe! Make sure to check out her Strawberry Rhubarb Pie after you make this chia jam. Oh man, if she knew I'd figured it out AND was sharing it with you, she'd be rolling over in her grave, lol. ??
Today I wanted the mouth puckering tartness of rhubarb to be offset my the summery sweetness of fresh strawberries. I wanted something to spread on warm toast or dollop on thick plain yogurt. Today I wanted to pretend that summer had just begun.
I used chia seeds to thicken the jam instead of pectin, only because I didn't have any pectin on hand. Without pectin does it still qualify as a jam or should I be calling it something else, like a spread? Also, feel free to increase the amount of honey in the recipe based on your personal preference. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I always err on the side of less.
If you make this Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam make sure you snap a pic and tag @theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- 3 cups chopped rhubarb
- 3 cups chopped strawberries, packed
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Add the rhubarb, strawberries, and honey to a medium sized pot over high heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for 5 minutes, or until the strawberries and rhubarb begin to break down. Help break up the chunks my mashing them with a fork or potato masher.
- Once the strawberries and rhubarb have broken down and are sauce-like, add the chia seeds to the pot. Reduce the heat to low and, stirring occasionally, cook the chia jam for 30 minutes.
- Let the chia jam cool slightly before pouring it into clean containers. The jam will last up to 2 weeks in your fridge.
The original photo of the Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam
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