5-minute raspberry chia seed jam

Confession:  I still had 80′s hair in 1990. Not quite as big, but permed, with bangs I was trying to grow out but still sprayed stiff with Aqua Net. To my defense, this was pre-Internet and I lived in a town that was three hours from the nearest shopping mall. I wasn’t the only one in my town late to the straight-hair party.

So the chia seed jam party isn’t the first party I’ve been late to. I fully embrace, however, the mantra better late than never. Yes, chia seed jam’s been around the block a few times by now. And yes, this is my first time trying it.

What can I say? My reluctance to try it may have had something to do with the utter failure that was chia seed pudding. It made me gag. That texture. I just couldn’t do it.

Let me assure you that the texture of this jam is not funky at all. It’s just, well, like jam.

The awesomeness of this jam is in its simplicity:  3 ingredients.  5 minutes. You are in control of what goes into your jam.  It’s much lower sugar than most jams.

And it’s full of chia seeds! Are you new to chia seeds? They are powerful little guys. Check out their healthy stats:  they help prevent blood sugar spikes, are full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and other minerals, and are also a good plant-based protein source!  (source)

Chia seeds can be found in most major grocery stores. The best deal I’ve found on them is the Simple Truth brand at Kroger. Get some!

I hope I’ve convinced you that this chia seed jam is worth trying. If not, here’s one more reason: I’ve got two great recipes coming up that use this healthy jam. You’ll definitely want to have some ready!

Have a great week, friends!

 

Comments

    • Maryea says

      It will keep in the fridge for about a week. I have also read that chia jams freeze well, but I have not tried it yet.

      • Valerie says

        My family is used to eating very sweet jams. I made this recipe with only two Tblsp. of honey. I had to add two more Tblsp. and I just hope that is enough to sell them on it. I like this recipe personally. I like the powerful raspberry taste. Thank you.

        • Maryea says

          You’re welcome! Yes, my family is already used to lightly sweetened jams, so I can see how some families may need more sweetener. I hope they enjoy it!

  1. says

    I agree–the texture of chia pudding can be a a bit off-putting. Have you tried letting it sit overnight and then blending it so it’s smooth? That’s my fave way to eat it! I love mashing reheated frozen berries with chia seeds for a quick pancake topper. Love your version!

    • Maryea says

      I think you’re right. It also probably helps that I don’t take a big bite of this jam from the spoon but enjoy it on something else.

  2. says

    I still have 80′s hair, and not by choice. If I walked out of the house without doing anything to it, it would poof up like the worst perm you ever saw. Consequently, I wear it in a boring but manageable bun all the time.

    This jam is my jam. Er, can I say that if I’m not 16? Raspberry jam disappears fast around here because how much I love it.

  3. Kristin says

    This looks good! I’m late to the chia party too. I don’t really know what to do with it besides adding to smoothies. I loved the intro about your hair – we WERE pretty isolated…

    • Maryea says

      It’s so quick and easy– it’s worth trying. I put chia seeds in my oatmeal or use as an egg replacer if I need it. I may never buy regular jam again, though, because this is awesome.

    • Maryea says

      The fruit flavor really comes through in the chia jam. I don’t think I’ll be getting store-bought jam too often anymore!

  4. Susan M says

    Ooh, what a great idea! I have no problem with chia seeds, I throw them in my yogurt & let them sit & swell 15 mins before eating. I have to try this- I love that it’s not filled with sugar! Thanks for sharing, glad I found you today!

    • Maryea says

      I haven’t tried it, but I have some frozen strawberries and plan on trying it for my next batch. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work just as well.

  5. Dee says

    Just made this using three cups of fresh strawberries, 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, and a tablespoon and a half of honey. I think I could get away with using even less honey, but it’s freakin’ delicious! Thanks for sharing:-)

  6. Lisa says

    Maryea, I now make this at least once every couple of weeks for my family. I have reduced honey to 1 TBS and no one has noticed, not even me. It’s delicious w/all kinds of fruit. I have used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and mixed berries. All of them have worked out fine. My family absolutely loves this jam!! I think I’m even thinking about trying mango out next time. Thanks for a recipe that has now become a staple for us.

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