Blueberry Chia Jam
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.
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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
- spread on toast, bagels and english muffins
- stirred into oatmeal, breakfast quinoa or yogurt
- in these acorn squash bowls or sweet potato breakfast bowls
- for baking – try it in these cranberry crumble bars or thumbprint cookies
- spread on muffins, banana bread, zucchini bread or baked oatmeal cups
- mixed into homemade banana ice cream
- try it on these whole wheat fluffy pancakes or chia seed pancakes
- spread on homemade seed bread
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- 2 cups frozen berries of choice (280 g of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry or a mixture)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (24 g)
- 1–2 tbsp maple syrup, optional for sweeter jam
- 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.
- Once the berries have thawed, use a fork or potato masher to mash to your desired consistency.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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