This healthy and delicious, chia seed jam can be made in 10 minutes with just 2 ingredients and makes an easy homemade alternative to store-bought jam.

Piece of toast topped with blueberry chia jam. Jar of blueberry jam and a mug of coffee in the background.

Chia seed jam is easy to make in minutes and so yummy, you’ll never go store-bought again! It’s also super nutritious, works with any kind of berry or juicy fruit and can be made without added sugar.

Enjoy this healthy and delicious jam on toast, pancakes, bagels, in baking and anywhere else you’d use jam!

Recipe Features

  • Dietary Features: Vegan, gluten-free, can be sugar-free.
  • Nutrition Features: Low in sugar, high in fibre.
  • Easy to make in 10 minutes with just 2 ingredients.
  • Amazing on toast, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, yogurt and more!
  • Customize with your choice of berries or other fruit.

Ingredient Notes

Blueberries, chia seeds and maple syrup each in a small bowl on a marble surface.

Complete list of ingredients with amounts and full instructions is located in the printable recipe card below. This section covers ingredient and substitution considerations.

  • Berries: This recipe was created for blueberries but you can use strawberry, raspberry, a mixture of berries or even other juicy fruits like mango or kiwi. I like chia seed jam best made with frozen fruit.
  • Chia Seeds: Black or white chia seeds work, just make sure they’re fresh.
  • Optional Sweetener: If you prefer your jam a little sweeter, you can add 1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice such as maple syrup or agave syrup.

How to Make Chia Jam

Step 1: Add the frozen berries to a small saucepan and heat over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thawed and juicy. This should take about 5-6 minutes.

Use a fork potato masher to break them down into a chunky consistency.

Do you have to heat it chia jam? Actually, no. The reason we’re using a saucepan is to quickly thaw and mash the frozen berries. If you’re using fresh berries, you can skip the stove and just mash them up in a mixing bowl.

Mashed frozen blueberries in a small saucepan sitting on a cutting board.

Step 2: Add the chia seeds and mix well. If you’d like to add sweetener, add that now as well. Turn off the heat and let the pot sit on the element to thicken.

You can enjoy the jam after about 5 minutes but it will be thicker and more jam-like after it cools.

Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

FAQs


What fruit can I use to make chia jam?

You can use strawberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or any combination of those to make mixed berry jam.

Stone fruits such as peach and apricot and other juice fruits like kiwi and mango also work well.

Can I use frozen fruit?

Yep. I actually prefer frozen fruit for making chia seed jam because it gets juicy when it thaws which is perfect for the chia seeds to soak up all that juicy goodness!

How long does chia seed jam last?

Chia seed jam will last for about 1 week in a sealed container in the fridge. It can also be frozen in an ice cube tray then transferred to a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Can I make with this without heating?

Yes, you can!

To make this without a stove, thaw the berries in the fridge or at room temperature then mash, add the chia seeds, let sit until thickened. If you’re using fresh berries, just mash them up, add the chia seeds and let sit to thicken.

It will start thickening after 10-20 minutes but continue to thicken after storing.

How to Use Chia Jam

Here are some yummy ideas for using your chia jam:

Small jar of blueberry chia seed jam with a piece of bread topped with jam in the background.

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Piece of toast topped with blueberry chia jam. Jar of blueberry jam and a mug of coffee in the background.

Blueberry Chia Jam

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiments
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

This easy chia seed jam is healthy, sugar-free and ready in less than 15 minutes, plus you only need 2 ingredients to make it, berries and chia seeds! Add the maple syrup for a sweeter jam, if you like.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen berries of choice (280 g of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry or a mixture)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (24 g)
  • 12 tbsp maple syrup, optional for sweeter jam

Instructions

  1. Add the frozen berries to a small saucepan and heat over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thawed and juicy, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Once the berries have thawed, use a fork or potato masher to mash to your desired consistency. 
  3. Stir in 2 tbsp of chia seeds. If you’re using sweetener, add it now and adjust to taste. Turn the heat off and let the pot sit on the element for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  4. Enjoy right away or transfer to a sealed container and store in the fridge. It will continue thickening in the fridge and will keep for up to 1 week.

Notes

Chia seed jam stores well in the fridge for up to 1 week. It can also be frozen in an ice cube tray then transfered to a freezer bag and stored for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge.

Keywords: chia jam, blueberry chia jam, chia seed jam