How to Make Chia Jam

by | Mar 12, 2020 | Dips & Sauces

Have you ever made Chia Jam before? I hadn’t until recently, but it’s now one of my favourite recipes to make. Rich in fibre and antioxidants, this low-sugar Chia Jam is a perfect replacement for store bought jellies. Get creative with your favourite fruits!

Sean’s sister made me a few batches of chia jam for Christmas and I ate all three jars in just a couple of weeks. I’d never made chia jam myself before but I was so over-the-moon in love with them that I had to get the recipe from her!

Turns out, chia jam is ridiculously easy to make. All you need is frozen (or fresh) fruit and chia seeds. It’s also low in sugar, unless you choose to add some additional sweetener.

How to Make Chia Jam

Are you ready for the easiest ingredient list ever? All you need is:

  • fruit/berries of choice: I love mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries), but you could do any individually. I use frozen, but fresh would work too.
  • chia seeds: these are what turn the mixture into a jam. Chia seeds are highly absorbent and become gelatinous when mixed with water. Plus, they’re a great source of omega-3 fats.
  • sweetener (optional): I personally prefer my chia jam naturally sweetened from the fruit itself, but if you want to, you could add in a spoonful of honey or maple syrup.

You’ll also need a saucepan and some mason jars for storing.

The ratio for this recipe is 1 cup of fruit to 1 tbsp of chia seeds. To fit an 8oz jar, I use 2 cups fruit and 2 cups of chia seeds. Double or triple this recipe as desired. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Measure 2 cups of frozen berries and add to a saucepan. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until all fruit is softened and lots of liquid is produced. Add sweetener if preferred.
  2. Stir well and mash lightly with a fork. You don’t need the mixture to be a puree, just mixed enough so there aren’t huge pieces of fruit.
  3. Mix in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and combine well.
  4. Transfer contents to 8oz glass jar.
  5. Place in refrigerator to thicken for a few hours or overnight.

The berry juices are highly pigmented when simmering away. Make sure you’re wearing an apron or are extra careful not to splatter the juices all of over your favourite shirt. đŸ˜‰

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Homemade Chia Jam

An easy and delicious low sugar jam recipe made with fruit and chia seeds.

Course Dips & Sauces
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time 5 hours
Servings 1 cup
Author Meghan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fruit/berries of choice (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. or mixture of any). Frozen or fresh.
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Measure 2 cups of frozen berries and add to a saucepan. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until all fruit is softened and lots of liquid is produced. Add sweetener if preferred.

  2. Stir well and mash lightly with a fork. You don't need the mixture to be a puree, just mixed enough so there aren't huge pieces of fruit.

  3. Mix in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and combine well.

  4. Transfer contents to 8oz glass jar. Place in refrigerator to thicken for a few hours or overnight.

Recipe Notes

Store in refrigerator for about 1 week, or freezer for several months.

How to Use Chia Jam

Enjoy this chia jam any way you’d use regular jam. On toast or waffles, with yogurt, as a topping for dessert, or if you’re like me, a few heaping spoonfuls just on its own.

If you try this recipe, I would LOVE to see your delicious creations! Leave me a comment below with what fruits you used, and tag me on Instagram @meghanlivingstone.

by Meghan Livingstone

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5 Comments

  1. Kayla

    I cant wait to make this with my girls tomorrow!

    Reply
    • Meghan

      Let me know how it turns out!

      Reply
  2. Franco Fourz

    How long will the jam be good once the glass has been opened if I don’t add sugar? đŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Meghan

      Hi Franco! The jam should be used within about 1 week. It will last several months in the freezer!

      Reply
  3. Erika

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this! I just made a jar and may I say I’m super excited for this to be my new go to jam instead of store bought. Now to wait for tomorrow morning to try it on some toast!

    Reply

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MEGHAN LIVINGSTONE, CNP

Hi, I’m Meghan. I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, blogger, and YouTuber with a passion for simple living, digestive wellness, and all things healthy and natural. I’m here to inspire you to create a life you love living.

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