Tired of the same old jams and jellies? Looking for something new to spread on your morning toast or afternoon scones? Make a batch of this chia seed jam! This delicious, homemade jam is made with frozen berries, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Perfectly sweet and packed with nutrition thanks to the addition of chia seeds, this jam is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Spread it on toast or scones for a tasty breakfast or snack that will keep you satisfied all day long!
Why this berry chia seed jam recipe works
If you've never tried anything with chia seeds, you're in for a real treat.
Chia seeds are an amazing source of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and more. Adding them to your jam (or even pudding) not only makes it extra nutritious but also adds a delightful crunchy texture.
Frozen berries are an easy and convenient option for this recipe! They're low in sugar, so you can adjust the amount of maple syrup to suit your taste. Plus, frozen berries tend to have a richer flavor than fresh ones, so you'll get an even tastier jam. My berry blend has raspberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, and red gooseberries.
Making this 3-ingredient homemade chia seed jam is easy and doesn't take long. It's much healthier (and tastier!) than store-bought versions and can easily be tailored to your own taste preferences.
Get creative and try it with different types of berries! (I don’t think this recipe will work with other types of fruits that aren't berries).
Whipping up this jam doesn't involve a long process of cooking, you only need to let the berries thaw, blend them and add the chia seeds - less than 10 minutes of work! I used my blender to mash the berries because it is quicker, you can also use a fork and just do it by hand. You control the texture and if you want more whole fruits then don’t mash it all.
The jam is ready to eat when you finish mixing, the longer it sits, the more thicker it gets.
Tips for making the best chia seed jam
Here are some of the best tips for making this homemade jam with chia seeds...
Choose your sweetener wisely
Maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener for this jam. It adds just the right amount of sweetness without overpowering the flavor of the berries.
If you don't have any or prefer something else, you can substitute honey or agave nectar.
Be patient when adding the chia seeds
Adding too many chia seeds at once will make the jam too thick, so be sure to add them slowly and stir well.
Serve with your favorite pastries
Whenever I make chia seed jam, I like to serve it with my favorite pastries, such as cornmeal butter cookies, scones, and blueberry muffins! For a quick snack with my afternoon tea, I love to add a heaping spoonful of this berry jam onto a slice of zucchini sweet bread.
It’s a great topping that adds a delicious sweetness to any dish.
Here are some questions people often ask about how to make this berry chia seed jam!
No, you can add the chia seeds directly to the jam. However, if you prefer a smoother overall texture, then soaking them in a bit of water before adding them is a good idea.
This is a common issue when making chia seed jam, as the chia seeds are incredibly absorbent. The solution is to add a bit more liquid, such as a tablespoon of fruit juice or a teaspoon of water.
Alternatively, if you’re using frozen berries and don’t want to thin it out, you can warm the jam on low heat until it reaches your desired consistency.
If you’re finding your jam is too sweet, the best thing to do is to add a bit more acidity. Lemon or lime juice works well for this, but adding a bit of vinegar can also help to balance out the sweetness.
Yes! You can make this jam with any type of frozen berry. You can make this chia jam with only raspberries or only blackberries, etc. I had the frozen mix so I used it as it is. Whether it be strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, or blackberries – they all work great!
This chia seed jam will last for up to a week in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container, and make sure to stir it before each use.
More pastries recipes:
Want to try a few more pastry recipes at home? Check out some of these delicious treats:
- Cheese Danish
- Almond Strawberry Cake
- Parve Chocolate Babka
- Gluten-Free Banana Bread
- Almond and Pistachio Biscotti
Make this yummy chia seed jam today!
Berry chia seed jam is a delicious and simple recipe that is perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. Whether you’re using frozen berries or fresh, chia seed jam is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. With these tips, you’re sure to make the best chia seed jam every time! Enjoy!
Berry Chia Seed Jam
- 2 cups frozen berries
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (add more or less to your taste)
- To make your berry chia jam, start by taking the frozen berries out of the freezer and leaving them on the counter to defrost completely.
- Once they are thawed, transfer them to a blender and add the maple syrup (or honey).
- Blend the mixture to your desired texture.
- Then, pour the mixture into a bowl and add the chia seeds.
- Mix everything together well.
- Transfer your jam to a jar and store it in the fridge to thicken, or eat it right away if you prefer.