This 10-Minute Chia Seed Jam recipe is my fave!! It’s super quick and easy to make, thickened with chia (instead of tons of extra sugar), totally delicious, and made with real ingredients you can feel great about.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (see suggestions below)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1–2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (only if needed)
- Heat fruit in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is heated through and begins to break down and bubble. Use a spoon or potato masher to mash the fruit to your desired consistency.
- Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice until combined. Then taste, and stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons sweetener if needed.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. (The jam will thicken considerably as it cools.)
- Give the jam one final good stir. Then serve immediately, or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Fruits that work well in chia jam:
- Berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries), cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, pineapple, kiwi…basically any “juicy” fruits.
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- lemon zest (to make your jam a little more tangy)
- a pinch of spices (such as cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg, etc.)
ALSO! Keep in mind that different kinds of fruit will yield different textures, flavors, etc. So taste and adjust your jam as needed. For example…
- Some fruits may need more sweetener than others. (Ex. Raspberries are much more tart than blueberries.)
- Some fruits are juicier than others. (Ex. Pineapple will make a much juicier/thinner jam than strawberries.)
- Feel free to nix the lemon juice if your fruit is already tart.
- You get the idea. Taste…adjust as needed…enjoy.