Chia Seed Jam

This berry=infused chia seed jam recipe is an easy and healthy alternative to store-bought jams and jellies. It’s made with only three ingredients, four if you add sweeteners. This homemade jam comes together quickly and is perfect spread over toast, pancakes.

Of course, the star ingredient in chia jam is the seeds. I use chia seeds in a variety of recipes, including chia eggs and even chia pudding.

A small jar holds blackberry jam with fresh berries around it and a bowl of chia seeds behind it.

My mom used to take us strawberry picking when I was a kid. I think I ate more strawberries than I picked, but she let me come anyway.

Then we’d get home and turn all those fresh strawberries into jellies and jams. It was a lot of work but well worth it when we were done. I love a good jam spread over a piece of toast. It’s still a favorite snack even today!

That’s why I feel a little funny about sharing this homemade jam recipe with you today. Because it’s so easy. Too easy, to be honest.

That said, I’m pretty sure if my mom would have had access to chia seeds back in the day, she’d have bypassed all that work too. Because who would do extra work when it’s not necessary?

Yes, chia jams are so simple to make, and it produces the same great-tasting results. In fact, this recipe transforms the whole concept of making homemade jams.

I like to think of it this way. If making your own jam used to be a complicated, messy, and time-intensive process, this recipe transforms it into something easy and do-able for the masses!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Berries — Use fresh or frozen strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries. See my notes below on making strawberry chia seed jam.
  • Chia seeds — Chia seeds become gelatinous when exposed to liquids and we’re using that thickening agent here too.
  • Lemon juice — Use fresh or bottled lemon juice.
  • Monkfruit (or sweetener of choice) — Adding a sweetener is optional based on your desired sweetness and the ripeness of your fruit. Some berries are so sweet they may not need sweeteners, however, others are more tart. I like using Monkfruit but you can use a teaspoon or two of maple syrup, agave, or your sweetener of choice.
A slice of toast has peanut butter and chia jam on top. There's a jar with more jam behind it and fresh blackberries too.

How to Make Chia Jam

I’ve stated my case that chia jams are easy to make, so let’s get to it.

Personally, my favorite of all of these flavor options is either the blackberry, blueberry, or raspberry chia seed jam. Of course, you can also mix them all together!

If you’re making strawberry chia jam, I do have one more ingredient I recommend, but there’s more on that below. First, let’s go into the steps to make a chia jam.

  1. Prepare the Fruit. Remove any stems off washed fruit. If you’re using strawberries, roughly chop the fruit.
  2. Cook the Fruit. Place the fruit in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the fruit begins to break down. Use a potato masher or the back of a rubber spatula to break the fruit down. 
  3. Stir in the Other Ingredients. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Once it cools, taste it and add some sweetener if needed. 
  4. Let Sit. Let the chia jam sit for about 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken. 
  5. Store it. Transfer the jam to a lidded glass jar (like a mason jar) and refrigerate it for up to 2 hours until thoroughly chilled. During this time, the chia seeds will continue to thicken the sauce, creating a perfect jam. It will keep in the fridge for 7 to 10 days.
  6. Serve it. Serve this tasty jam over toast, waffles, and more.

Marly’s Tips

If you prefer a chia seed jelly, strain some of the berries, leaving behind mostly the juice. Be sure to do this before adding the chia seeds.

Looking down on a saucepan full of cooked blackberries. There re fresh blackberries beside the pan.

How to Make Strawberry Chia Jam

Let’s talk briefly about making strawberry chia jam because there are a couple of differences.

  • Preparation — Remove the stems and chop the strawberries before adding them to the saucepan.
  • Sweetening — Strawberry chia jam needs sweetening because strawberries are more tart.
  • Color — The color of strawberries after cooking is not pleasing. Here are some options to make it look better:
    • Add some natural red food coloring,
    • Use some Dragon Fruit Powder. Although it’s more pink than red, you can see in the photo below it adds nice hues
    • This Beet Powder is another option
    • Add a few raspberries while cooking the strawberries to add color
    • This Hibiscus Food Coloring Powder is another natural color option..

Adding coloring is truly optional, but I do think people expect strawberry jellies and jams to be more of a bright red. Your homemade version without any coloring may not be as vibrant but it will still taste delicious!

Fresh strawberries have been cooked in the bottom of a saucepan.

Healthy Jam

Standard jams are made with a lot of sugar. Jellies differ from jams in that it’s strained, using only the juice to create a more translucent spread. Whether you’re using a store-bought jelly or jam, both can be made with unnecessary ingredients, such as too much sugar.

Making your own jam at home is healthier because you can control the quantity and type of sugars used..

But there’s even more reason to be excited about this healthy jam. First, berries are extremely healthy because they’re low in calories and full of nutrients. Chia seeds are also very healthy and for the same reason — they deliver a lot of nutrients in a low-calorie way.

How to Serve Chia Jam

You can serve chia seed jam with the following:

  • Toast — Spread it over toast with a little vegan butter
  • Pancakes or Waffles — Replace syrup on your vegan pancakes
  • Sandwiches — Use it to make your next PB&J
  • Yogurt — Serve it with some vegan yogurt.
  • Bagels — Add some chia jam to this vegan cream cheese for a creamy fruit spread!
  • Muffins — Spread it over these peanut butter muffins for a sort of PB&J muffin effect.

How long does chia seed jam last?

When properly stored chia seed jam can last up to 10 days in the fridge. In fact, the jam will continue to thicken as it chills. You can also freeze this jam for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to serve, simply place it in the fridge overnight to thaw.

Looking down on a slice of toast with peanut butter and chia jam on top. There's a jar of jam and fresh blackberries beside it.
A slice of toast has peanut butter and chia jam on top. There's a jar with more jam behind it and fresh blackberries too.

Chia Jam

Make your own homemade chia jam using your favorite berries, like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and more! This jam is all natural, and a wholesome addition to your healthy diet.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 2 cups berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon optional: monkfruit (or sweetener of choice – see notes)

Instructions

  • Prepare Fruit. Prepare the fruit by removing any stems.
  • Cook Fruit. Place prepared fruit in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for approximately 5 minues, until the fruit begins to break down. Use a potato masher or the back of a rubber spatula to break the fruit down.
  • Stir in Other Ingredients. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and add more sweetener if needed.
  • Let Sit. Let the chia jam sit for about 5 minutes, until it thickens.
  • Store it. Transfer the mixture to a lidded glass jar (like a mason jar) and refrigerate for up to 2 hours until chilled. During this time the chia seeds will thicken the sauce, creating a perfect jam. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Serve jam over toast, waffles, or however you prefer to consume jam!

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Notes

Regarding sweeteners, some berries are sweet enough and don’t need added sweeteners. I recommend tasting the jam once it cools to determine if you want or need to add sweeteners. Some options, if you so choose, would be: Monkfruit, Stevia, Maple Syrup, Agave Nectar, or your favorite sweetener of choice.
Nutrition Facts
Chia Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 18IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

One Response to Chia Seed Jam

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly Reply

    I’m Marly, the author of this recipe, and am noting that I have been making this recipe for years and find it easy to make and a healthy alternative to store-bought jams.

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