I’ve made various versions of Chia Seed Jam at home, and they all come out very different. I like making homemade versions of chia jam as a health conscious vegetarian, since they don’t contain gelatin or other processed ingredients. Plus, chia seeds are incredibly nutritious and are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega-3s.
I’ve found some recipes to not be sweet enough, and others don’t have the right fruit to chia seed ratio. I finally found my favorite recipe thanks to Feel Good Foodie!
I made this Chia Seed Jam using frozen raspberries I had at home (frozen fruit tends to be cheaper, and just as delicious/nutritious!) I’ve also used fresh strawberries, and had a great result.
In terms of storage, I’ve used 8 oz Mason Jars from Amazon, or repurposed old empty jars I had at home.
The BEST Chia Seed Jam
- 2 cups your favorite berry (fresh or frozen)
- 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup (based on sweetness preference)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the raspberries and cook until they start to break down, stirring and mashing frequently, about 10 minutes.
Turn the heat to low, stir in the maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Then stir in the chia seeds and turn off the heat.
Allow the mixture to stand for 5-7 minutes until the chia seeds thicken the jam and the mixture to cool down. (The jam will continue to thicken as it cools.)
Serve immediately, or transfer the jam to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Eat this as you would regular jam. You can top it on top of toast, yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, kefir or cottage cheese. However you use it, it’s a simple, nutritious recipe that can be used in different fun ways!Step 1: Mash berries
Step 2: Add maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla extract
Step 3: Jar and Enjoy!