Somethings I love are preserves, any kind really They are wonderful to add to a bowl of yogurt, smoothies, on top of my granola, or just plain eat with a spoon.
But if preserves are loaded with a bunch of extra junk and sugar then you really aren’t able enjoy them to the fullest extent. Right? Well I have come up with a super simple and healthy solution.
These preserves have been used for several of my recipes. You can see them here with in my most recent post Strawberry Almond Bars. I also use them for those treats listed above. Here is one recipe where these would shine if you’re not into mixed berries my Lemon-Coconut Muffin/Cake in a Mug.
I have often had the question asked of me about my Stove-top Chia Berry Preserves “Can you can these?” Well, probably. But I feel no need to. This is so simple to whip up. It might mean adding additional ingredients as well if I canned them to keep the acid high enough (like lemon). Not that it is a big deal.
Now if I were to can them, I would want a load of berries to do it with. There is no point in pulling out all my canning equipment and waiting for the pressure and heat to rise for a couple of quarts but give me 7+ quarts and I will be game.
At this point I haven’t come by a good enough sale to warrant that. I am a penny pincer when it comes to certain things. So if I find the sale and all works out, you will see that recipe posted here!
For now let me show you how easy this is:
You take 4 heaping cups of your favorite brand of frozen strawberries…
and place them in a pot large enough to hold them…
add some chia seeds and sweetener and you’re done. Super simple. But I will still post this in recipe format cause I’m nice like that. 😉
- 4 cups 8frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- stevia to taste
- Place frozen strawberries in a large sauce pan.
- Place lid on and heat on medium till the berries are no longer frozen and become a soft, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add in chia seeds and sweetener to taste.
- Cool and place in mason jars for storing.
- Stores in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks (maybe more)
- * You may use fresh strawberries but you will need to add a bit of water. Keep an eye on it as you will want it to be liquid enough but not too liquid to make a nice jar of preserves.
Now go make some of this and enjoy it. You family will too.
For more ideas on what you can serve with this preserve see these links:
- Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Oaty Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug
- Grain Free Biscuits and Gravy I always like to have one sweet biscuit 😉