You won’t go back to store bought jam after making this incredibly easy Customizable Chia Seed Jam. This recipe calls for just 2 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make. Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free, vegan, and has no added sugars! It’s a great recipe to make at home to use up any fresh, frozen, or canned fruit on hand.
This recipe was originally published April 8, 2020. It was updated with new blog post information and a video on January 31, 2022.
What is chia seed jam and how do I make it?
Chia seed jam is exactly like it sounds. It’s bits of fruit with chia seeds stirred in. The chia seeds have a natural gelling property that thickens it into a jam-like consistency without any pectin. Chia seeds also provide great fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and key nutrients like calcium and phosphorus.
Here’s how to make this 2 Ingredient Chia Seed Jam.
First, warm up your fruit
You can heat your fruit in the microwave or over the stove. You just need to heat the fruit through enough so that it starts to break down and is easy to mash. Mash the fruit until it is mostly liquid with some fruit chunks left. If you like a smoother jam, you can blend your fruit in a food processor.
And then, stir in your chia seeds
When you add the chia seeds in, it will not thicken immediately. It takes about 2 hours or more for the chia seeds to absorb some of the liquid. I like to let my jam sit overnight for the best texture.
What do you use chia jam for?
You can use this jam for any recipe you would use regular jam for. I love to spoon this jam over yogurt parfaits or overnight oats. It’s also great in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or served on charcuterie boards with some baguettes. For a sweeter treat, enjoy over ice cream, french toast, or lathered over a slice of banana bread. Sometimes I simply enjoy it by the spoonful too.
Customize it your way
Since this is a Customizable Chia Seed Jam, you can use any fruit you like for this recipe. Some of the best fruit for this jam is strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries, and apricots. Try to use soft, ripe fruit as this will break down the easiest.
I generally find that frozen fruit works best because it breaks down easier. However, fresh fruit works too. Avoid food waste and throw any of those bits of fruit that are going bad into this jam. You could even use canned fruit if that’s all you have on hand.
I find that this jam is sweet enough as is. However, feel free to add in some stevia or a spoonful of maple syrup if you like.
Want more? Simply double or triple this recipe! Trust me, it’s that good.
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- 1 cup frozen or fresh ripened fruit of your choice, (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries, apricots, grapes**, or a combination)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Add fruit into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes until fruit is softened and starts to release some of its juices. Alternatively, you can heat fruit in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- After heated, mash fruit with a fork or potato masher until fruit is mostly broken down with some chunks left.
- Stir in chia seeds and let mixture set in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. This allows time for the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken into a jam.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
**If you are using grapes, be sure to heat them in a saucepan rather than in the microwave. (See why here)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 3gCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g