Five Star Recipes

3 Ingredient Sugar & Pectin Free Strawberry Freezer Jam



Strawberry season is here at last!  I have always looked forward to May because it means I can usually get some pretty awesome deals on strawberries.  My kids eat strawberries like crazy, so when I found out from my local produce co-op that I could get 8 lbs of strawberries for $8 I jumped on it.

Our family has been trying to eat healthier, so I wanted to find a recipe that was sugar free.  Not only did I find one that was sugar free, but pectin free as well!  Instead of pectin this recipe calls for chia seeds.  Apparently the chia seeds jell up when mixed with the fruit and help the jam set up.  Not only that, but chia seeds are extremely healthy for you!

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Pretty awesome right?  And even better, they aren’t that expensive.  I think the bag we got at Walmart was around $5.  Much healthier than pectin.

This recipe calls for 2 cups of fruit.  I had closer to 8 cups so I just quadrupled the recipe. Feel free to add a bit more or less honey (agave syrup) to taste.

The best thing about this recipe is that not only does it work, but it is super fast and easy. Kids can even help wash, blend and stir the ingredients.  Let’s get started!

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3 INGREDIENT STRAWBERRY FREEZER JAM- Makes 2 Cups

  • 2 cups fruit (any berry)
  • 3 Tbsp. raw honey or agave syrup
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chia seeds (2 for looser set, 3 for more set)

Process all ingredients in a blender and refrigerate over night.  The chia seeds will gel, setting up the fruit puree.  Want to use two different kinds of fruit?  Just make sure it equals 2 cups.

Wash all your strawberries and remove the tops.  Then you can use either a blender, food processor, or my favorite, an immersion blender to puree the strawberries.  Blend in the other 2 ingredients and pour into freezer safe jars or containers leaving an inch of head space.  Place your containers in the fridge or freezer to cool, and you’re all set!

Now when you pack that PB&J sandwich for your kiddos lunch you can rest assured knowing that not only will they love the taste, they will be getting all those awesome benefits of chia seeds.

What is your favorite thing to slather the strawberry jam on?

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