Today I am showing you exactly how to make chia jam. My chia jam recipe is easy and customizable – choose your fruit and sweetener!
I am making strawberry chia jam, since strawberries are my most favorite fruit! But you can use any berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc.). Or heck, you could try any other fruit and see how it works – peaches, apricots and figs come to mind.
I have been using chia seeds in my smoothies and oatmeal for a while now. They bump up the nutrition factor, plus they help you feel fuller longer. They also have a thickening effect, which works well in smoothies and oatmeal.
I have found a new (to me!) use that I am so excited to share – making jam from chia seeds! Using chia seeds eliminates the need for pectin. Plus it is the easiest thing in the world to make!
You can also use the sweetener of your choice. I chose to go refined sugar free and use honey for my version. I have read others have successfully used maple syrup, regular granulated sugar, stevia or agave. I have not tested any of these others myself. The honey-sweetened version suits me just fine.
While I was making this I was all like…this is looking waaay too thin and watery! But once it cooled and sat in the fridge overnight, it was completely perfect.
You will be able to see the chia seeds in the finished product, but this didn’t bother me one bit. Texture-wise I could not detect them. They are unnoticeable. If the visual bothers you, try running your mixture through a high end blender first to grind everything up prior to heating it. I like my jam with some strawberry chunks, though. So I diced them up.
Tools Used in This Recipe
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- Good paring knife and cutting board
- Large sauce pan. I am using this Cuisinart 3 Quart one.
- Potato masher
- Storage jar – I used a mason jar
- Optional – high end blender, like my Blendtec Total Blender if you want a smoother jam
How to Make Chia Jam – Strawberry Chia Jam Recipe
- 1 pound of strawberries, hulled and diced (or other fruit of your choice)
- ¼ cup honey*
- 2 generous Tablespoons chia seeds
- Add the diced fruit and honey to a large saucepan, and heat over medium heat.
- Use a potato masher to mash up the fruit.
- Simmer & mash for about 5 minutes until it is good and liquid-y.
- Bring the liquified fruit to a boil, and reduce the heat to low (maintain simmer)
- Simmer for about 5 minutes, and then stir in chia seeds.
- Simmer for another 11 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let it sit in the pot and cool (at least 10 minutes).
- Transfer to a glass storage container, and let it sit in the fridge to set (mine sat overnight - about 9 hours).
*You can substitute other sweeteners in this recipe - sugar, maple syrup, agave, stevia. Please note that this may change the consistency slightly.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you try it with another fruit or a different sweetener, I’d be really curious to hear how it turns out.