Chia seed jam is a healthy, low-sugar alternative to regular jam. You can whip this up in 5 minutes and have an incredible, homemade jam in your fridge!If you have five minutes and a blender, you can make chia seed jam. It doesn’t get any easier. There’s no cooking or heating involved; just you and your blender.
I get busy. We are allllllllll busy beyond levels meant for humans. But busy is not an excuse to avoid chia seed jam. Even the busiest of busy people could squeeze five minutes into their week. If you’re efficient, the prep for this recipe is really more like three minutes.
Four ingredients, into blender, blend. Done. Put it into the refrigerator to thicken and the chia seeds do the rest of the work.
So why, exactly, should you care? Why should chia seed jam be on your radar? I’m glad you asked.
Why You Should Make Chia Seed Jam
- You control the ingredients. If you prefer organic fruit, use organic fruit. Love blueberries but they aren’t in season? Use frozen.
- This chia seed jam is made without refined sugar. We all need to eat less sugar overall, especially our kids, and this is a great way to cut back.
- Chia seed jam has protein. It’s a solid plant-based protein and will help satiate you more when you slather it on your morning toast. Each serving has over 2 grams of protein; most jams have 0.
I’d say those are three great reasons to give it a whirl. This isn’t the first recipe I’m sharing for chia seed jam. I published Raspberry Chia Seed Jam back in 2014. Since then, I’ve tried a number of different fruits and thought I’d share another favorite: Blueberry Chia Seed Jam.
This recipe is made with blueberries (I use frozen blueberries, defrosted, when blueberries are not in season), a touch of vanilla, maple syrup (other liquid sweeteners like honey may be substituted if you prefer), and chia seeds. I love the flavor combination of the blueberries and vanilla with the maple syrup. This one is less tart than the raspberry chia seed jam since blueberries are naturally a bit sweeter.
If you haven’t already, I hope you add chia seed jam to your regular routine. It’s so easy, delicious, and nutritious!
- 3 cups blueberries (defrosted if frozen)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup (other liquid sweeteners may be subbed)
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until the consistency you desire is reached. Less blending=more jam-like texture. More blending=more jelly-like texture. (seeds will be present in the final product either way)
- Transfer to a jar and allow to set in the refrigerator, at least 1 hour.
- This will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week.