Strawberry and Banana Jam with Chia Seeds

When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.

– John Lennon

I made this strawberry and banana jam with chia seeds when I’ve been meaning to make an only strawberry jam for a while. As always, at the last minute I see some other fruit out of the corner of my eye, then in it goes.

But first, a quick story. When my fellow piano students and I have our recitals, I think the most exciting thing, apart from seeing each other again, is showcasing the amazing pieces onto which we’ve been putting all our efforts.

We’ve all gone to our classes and studied for months on end. We have learnt new techniques and tried to perfect every note. When we are at home practicing by ourselves everything sounds so glorious. Our souls are uplifted by the beauty of the music. Or mine is anyway.

The recital begins. The excitement overcomes us. We become consumed in a collective nervous attack – though I manage mine pretty well with the Yuja method so I’m ok most of the time. We all conclude that we played it better when we were alone at home. Damn it! Why is that?

Is there something that you have done that was beautiful, but that unfortunately nobody noticed?

Strawberry, banana and chia seed jam recipe

Strawberry and Banana Jam with Chia Seeds Recipe

Yesterday I made this strawberry and banana jam with chia seeds. I’ve been curious about using chia seeds for a while now. The curiosity was intensified when I read Laura’s gorgeous post on Sticky Fig, Raspberry and Chia Jam, so I kept my eyes wide open whenever food shopping and miraculously found some. Ingredients like that are not easy to come by in Barcelona.

Chia seeds can be sprinkled onto many foods, such as one would with sesame seeds for example. They provide plenty of nutrients and do not alter the taste of the food. The cool thing about adding it to your jam is that it helps thicken up the jam quickly.


1kg strawberries
2 large bananas
2 cups sugar
1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 cup water

Wash and cut the strawberries into small pieces. Peel and cut the banana into small pieces. Add everything into a large saucepan, along with the juice of half a lemon and the water. Bring to boil then cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sugar and continue cooking over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the chia seeds and cook for about 5 more minutes.

Strawberry and banana jam

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  1. jennp6 2014-05-13 at 19:24

    I love this! I hadn’t thought to try using chia seeds in jam…genius!

  2. davegon 2014-05-14 at 03:28

    That is a great quote. I think very applicable for food bloggers, too. It’s a good reminder to not worry too much about acceptance, and to put stuff out there that you enjoy and value regardless of whether anyone will think highly of it or not. Thanks for posting this.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-14 at 19:38

      Actually lately I don’t think much about acceptance in most things I blog about, you can see why in the next post I have planned to publish in a few hours! 😉 Have a great evening!

    2. randle 2014-05-16 at 17:34

      Davegon, I so agree with you. Sometimes blogging can feel like shouting into a dark room! It’s helpful to know that others experience this same thing sometimes.

  3. laurasmess 2014-05-14 at 08:37

    I love how you add banana to jam… it’s something that I’ve never done but I feel a strong compulsion to try it now 🙂 Such a vibrant red hue and full of chia goodness too! I love the Lennon quote. So, so true. But yep, I’ve done SO many things better whilst alone at home. In particular? Singing. It’s frustrating but I guess it’s unavoidable for someone like me who gets performance anxiety. I am sure that you and your fellow pianists sounded amazing though… we’re always our own worst critics! Thanks for the link Sofia, I definitely intend to try your version of the chia jam! xxx

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-14 at 19:41

      Have you ever had singing lessons? I have not, so I know what you mean, that is something I do at home too…
      It was a great pleasure to put you a link 🙂 xx

  4. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-05-14 at 10:37

    You are the master (‘mistress’ would be more accurate, wouldn’t it? yet it sounds kind of wrong to me, but what can I know?) of the most gorgeous jams, Sofia!
    The only and truly beautiful thing I’ve ever made is my daughter (I’m sorry, I can’t help it 😉 ) and sometimes I’m not sure whether I prefer people noticing that too much or not… 😉

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-14 at 19:43

      You’re right, mistress doesn’t sound quite right (and it’s not a modern politically correct thing either 😉 )
      I must say that what you just said is the most beautiful response I have received here. Making your daughter is of course the most beautiful thing. Depends what age and who is noticing her you might not want that 😉

  5. Mabel Kwong 2014-05-14 at 11:37

    Ah, strawberry jam! I love that, but my favourite is blackcurrent jam, the purple variety. You make so many gastronomic delights, I wonder where do you stuff it all at home! I had only one piano recital in my life and it was many years ago, a nerve wracking experience. Must have been about a decade ago. I played a popular classic piece in a children’s music book during a piano recital organised by my piano school. My hands were shaking and sweaty the whole time but the audience were very polite and clapped like thunder when I finished 😀

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-14 at 19:45

      Where do I stuff it? In the fridge or in my tummy haha.
      I like hearing about your experience with your piano concert, I’m sure you were great! Though I know what you mean, my audience is also always very polite and clap enthusiastically too 🙂

      1. Mabel Kwong 2014-05-15 at 11:23

        Hahaha, you have to stuff a lot of your food in the fridge I think…or else your tummy will burst! 😀

        Thanks, Sofia. My piano concert experience is a bit of a hazy memory. Maybe I should start playing again…I do have a piano five seconds away from me at home 🙂

        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-15 at 12:23

          Why not try? I stopped playing when I went to uni (light years away ago) and began again about 7 years ago. I should write a post about it actually, it might inspire you 😉

          1. Mabel Kwong 2014-05-15 at 12:36

            Recently, I heard something along the lines of, “Anyone can play notes on a piano. It’s another thing altogether to make each note sound beautiful”.

            Would love to see a post like that from you, I’ve always struggled with rhythm. Always love to be inspired 🙂

            1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-15 at 13:03

              Oh its definitely another thing altogether. When we play at our recitals, the pieces I do can take MONTHS for me to get right and make each note sound with the feelings we want. xx

          2. randle 2014-05-16 at 17:36

            Sofia, that would be inspiring! I dropped my music after college (about four years ago) and I’ve been afraid to start again…It’s hard to start again at an instrument because you have to work so hard to get back to where you were…and there’s the fear that you might be ::gasp:: too old to learn!

            1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-16 at 17:41

              Hey Randle, I’ll definitely write about it in my next post then, so you might be inspired to play. I felt the same way when I was going to begin again. xx

              1. randle 2014-05-16 at 17:42

                Yay! I’m looking forward to it!

  6. Amanda 2014-05-14 at 18:39

    This is beautiful. The chia seeds throw it over the edge. I just made strawberry, rhubarb chia jam. Maybe I should post it. I love your piano stories!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-14 at 19:46

      Gracias Amanda, me encanta que te guste mis historias de piano 🙂
      With regards to rubarb, I have no idea where I can get that here, otherwise I’ll copy your jam! xx

  7. lapetitecasserole 2014-05-14 at 18:55

    Mh I think it’s time to put the chia seeds in use! thanks for this recipe, love the addition of banana!

  8. Dalo 2013 2014-05-15 at 05:11

    Love the Lennon quote…true words of wisdom! Wish you could have posted a recording of this piano recital, it would be great to hear your wonderful notes again. It is great that you put yourself out there and enjoy your talents so much (both musically and with your amazing jams), I think doing such things not only ensures that you live a pretty eventful life doing what you enjoy, but also inspire others. Keep it up 🙂

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-15 at 11:04

      Yes, isn’t the Lennon quote just beautiful 🙂 Actually I hadn’t thought about it but now that you say so, in piano the nice thing is that all us student friends inspire each other.

  9. Patty Nguyen 2014-05-15 at 06:25

    I need to try this since I love strawberries as well as chia seeds. I was introduced to chia jams via Laura’s post as well. 🙂

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-15 at 11:05

      That’s awesome. Isn’t amazing how we are all miles apart yet we can find a same little group of people inspired but the same things!

  10. cruzccc 2014-05-15 at 09:31

    Se ve buenísima y súper saludable!
    Me encanta el nuevo “look” del blog ;P
    Un besito Sofia! 🙂

  11. randle 2014-05-16 at 17:39

    I really appreciate the post and the quote, Sofia! Blogging can feel like that. I mean, not that I think everything I produce is beautiful, but why else do we do it if we don’t think it has value?

    About chia seeds. This was actually a funny thing going on with me and my roommates last year. We had only tried chia seeds as a drink (we weren’t fans), and we kept trying to capture people’s first response to chia seeds on video. I imagine chia seeds are SO MUCH tastier in a jam than straight, haha. The thickening quality would be perfect. Thanks for the recipe inspiration. I might have to give chia another try!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-16 at 17:44

      The thing with strawberry jam is that I can’t really tell which seeds are from the strawberries and which ones from the chia. SO they camouflage pretty well 😉

  12. maggigonza 2014-05-17 at 06:49

    Muy original esta mermelada.
    La voy a preparar para mi familia!
    Gracias por la idea!

  13. reversecommuter 2014-05-19 at 15:27

    I have never made jam but after looking at these pictures and reading how simple the recipe is I am going to buy the ingredients today!

  14. Bunny Eats Design 2014-05-26 at 01:44

    Oh I love how you used chia for it’s textural properties. I’ve only just thrown in a tablespoon into my banana smoothies but I didn’t notice any difference in texture. I would like to experiment more with chia and how peculiar it is when soaked in liquid it looks just like frogs eggs!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-26 at 01:47

      I haven’t tried soaking it in liquid yet but I do want to. I think chia seeds go well with strawberry jam, because they camoflage so well with the strawberry seeds. I’ll try as you say, throwing it into smoothies. By the way, I just visited your food bucket list page on your blog, that’s awesome (and you have so many ticked off). I may make a foodie bucket list too!

      1. Bunny Eats Design 2014-05-26 at 03:55

        Oh you just reminded me I can cross something off my foodie bucket list. I’d love to see your list. Though I’m sure there are many things you might have already crossed off.

        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-26 at 08:28

          I can think of a few thing or two that I”ve already crossed out (without having even made the list yet). I’ll have to have a moment where I can sit down and think about it. I wonder should I make a page or a post? Hmmm.. When did you make yours. Because you have more than 3/4 achieved already, which is brilliant!

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  16. Morna 2014-07-26 at 10:40

    Great post! I am also curious to use chia seeds, and have seen a few similar recipes that I’d love to try. And I also live in Barcelona – where did you find them? I’ve been looking but haven’t come across them yet

    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 14:58

      Hi Morna! I live the Gracia area, and I get mine here
      I love this shop because I can find so many ingredients that I just cannot find elsewhere 🙂


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