Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by laurenpacek
This Chia Seed Jam is made with a medley of berries--in this case, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. It tastes like fruit, and nothing but. Probably because it's made of almost nothing but fruit!
What's the difference between regular jam and chia seed jam?
Unlike typical jams, which are thickened with the help of pectin, chia seeds do the heavy lifting here. Chia seed jam is a little looser than jam you'd buy from the store, but it's still plenty spreadable.
This jam is naturally sweetened!
Another thing that I really like about this jam is that it is lightly, and naturally sweetened. You can use honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup: whatever suits your tastes. I used agave nectar, only because that's what I had in my pantry. Truthfully, you may not even need to sweeten yours. It mostly depends on your personal preferences and the ripeness of the berries that you use. I recommend tasting the jam once the berries have broken down and deciding whether to sweeten it at that point.
How should I use this jam?
So far, I've spread it on biscuits and stirred it into Greek yogurt. Use it wherever you'd typically use jelly or jam!
Looking for other berry-heavy recipes?
Muffins more your thing? These Jumbo Blueberry Muffins ought to do the trick.
- 4 cups berries of choice, chopped if needed
- 1 orange, juiced
- honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, to taste
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- Add the berries and orange juice to a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring and squishing the berries occasionally until they have broken down a bit.
- Add sweetener, to taste, if desired. Stir to combine.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the chia seeds. The jam will thicken quickly as it cools.
- Refrigerate in airtight container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g