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BERRY CHIA SEED JAM (HEALTHY & EASY)

Fresh homemade Chia Seed Jam made with raspberry, blueberry, and black berry is the best! It’s quick and easy to make, is refined sugar-free, and a healthy condiment you can spread, swirl, or dollop!

side angle view of glass jar with berry chia seed jam.

I always seem to have a mix of fresh berries in the fridge to add to my homemade muesli mix, top over ice cream, or blend into smoothies of all flavors. So making berry chia jam seemed like another perfect way to up the berries on hand, especially those older ones that you might throw away!

Making this chia seed jam recipe is so easy, and you really can’t go wrong here at all. The ingredients are minimal and the instructions simple, making this an easy staple to make and have on hand.

What I love most about this fruit jam with chia seeds:

  • You control the sweetener, or make it sugar-free. My blackberries were so sweet and delicious, I probably would’ve been fine without any sweetener, but added some for good measure.
  • Use the berries in any arrangement you like. Even adding strawberries to the mix works great. You can just as easily use one type of berry. This is just a template to use as a guide for whatever berry chia jam you desire.

I encourage you to try making a batch for yourself. I’ve given you 2 ways to make this, either stove-top or raw. Both ways are delicious!

Get ready to be amazed at just how wonderful making your own chia jam can be!

top down view of ingredients used to make healthy chia seed jam recipe with berries.

Berry Chia Jam Ingredients

This Berry Chia Jam is loaded with powerful antioxidants and is a superfood jam!

  • Berries: Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all rich in polyphenols, essential vitamins and trace elements. Alone these berries are amazing, but together they promote optimal antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer benefits. I highly recommend seeking out organic berries as an added measure of heart smart eating. If you decide to make the stove-top method in this recipe, you can be sure that most of the polyphenols will still be intact.
  • Chia Seeds: The chia seeds are also considered a superfood. Although they are used sparingly they will add some omegas while adding textural thickness to the jam.
  • Sweetener: If needed, add a little pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, or organic pure cane sugar.

side by side photos showing the process of cooking berries in a pot.

How To Make Chia Seed Jam

Here is a step by step guide to making stovetop chia jam. You can also make it raw following the directions in the recipe card below.

  • Add the berries to a small saucepan, heat over medium stirring occasionally until softened.
  • Using the back of a slotted spoon or fork, mash the berries along the side (or bottom) of the pan.
  • Let mixture come to a gentle boil. The entire cooking time will be from 4 – 6 minutes.

side by side photos showing the process of adding and stirring in chia seed to berries in a pot.

  • Once the boiling starts, remove from heat, add sweetener if needed and slowly add in chia seeds while stirring to combine.

side by side photos of finished chia seed jam, then added to a glass container.

  • Pour warm berry chia jam into a jar and let cool a few minutes. Cover and place in the refrigerator to thicken.

And that’s all it takes to make this delicious, refined sugar-free chia seed jam!

Top Tips

  • Chia jam can be made on the stovetop or 100% raw!
  • Change it up using just one or two types of berry, instead of three. Choose from strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla for another layer of delicious flavor!

top down view of white spoon with chia jam and items surrounding.

How To Store Chia Jam

  • Made on the stovetop: Chia jam made on the stovetop can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 – 3 weeks, in a sealed container. It may even last longer, but as soon as you notice any mold throw it away.
  • Raw: When making raw, keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

How To Freeze

Chia Jam can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in freezer safe containers. Let thaw in the refrigerator. Give a good stir before using.

Serving Suggestions

Here are my favorite ways to dollop, swirl, and spread homemade chia jam:

top down view of berry chia seed jam on toast with items surrounding.

If you try this chia jam recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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TRIPLE BERRY CHIA SEED JAM

Rich in antioxidants, this healthy berry chia seed jam with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries is lip smackin delicious! Cook on the stovetop or make it raw.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 - 1 1/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 heaping cup blackberries (about 6 oz.)
  • 1/2 heaping cup raspberries (about 3 oz.)
  • 1/2 heaping cup blueberries (about 3 oz.)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, optional

Instructions

Stove-top: Add berries to a small saucepan, heat over medium stirring occasionally until softened. Using the back of a slotted spoon or fork, mash the berries along the side (or bottom) of the pan. Let mixture come to a gentle boil. The entire cooking time will be from 4 – 6 minutes. Once boiling occurs, remove from heat, add sweetener if needed and slowly add in chia seeds while stirring to combine. Fill jar and let cool a few minutes. Cover and place in the refrigerator to thicken. 

Store in the refrigerator. Will last up to 2 – 3 weeks (I’ve never had it longer than a week, it may even last up to a month, but if you notice any mold throw it away immediately).

Raw: Place berries and chia seeds in blender/food processor and pulse until desired chunkiness/consistency. Add maple syrup as needed and blend again.

Fill jar, cover and place in refrigerator to set for a couple hours.

Keep stored in the fridge and use your raw chia jam within 1 week.

Makes about 1 – 1 1/4 cup (8 – 10 oz.)

Serves 8 – 10, 2 tablespoons per serving

Notes

Use any berries you prefer equaling approx. 12 oz. (or 2 cups). If using strawberries be sure to chop them up before measuring unless using a scale.

If using frozen berries, be sure to let them thaw before measuring.

Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla for another layer of delicious flavor.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

Updated: Chia Jam was originally published in May 2015. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in September 2020.

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16 Comments

  1. Hello – can Manuka Honey be used instead of maple syrup?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Honey will work, but it’s not vegan if that’s how you want to keep the recipe. Use your preferred sweetener. Even coconut sugar, pure cane sugar, or a sugar-free sweetener such as Monkfruit Sweetener will work.

  2. Hi, I was wondering if after you make the jam can it be processed in a canner using the water method?

  3. Loved this recipe! Simple to make, taste great and healthy!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Harriet Emily says:

    Wow Julie!! I just found your blog and this recipe through tumblr. I looks soooooo incredible, I love the photography too – so mouthwatering! Pinned!

  5. Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation says:

    This looks delicious yet so healthy. Perfect.
    I too believe prevention is key. So thanks for spreading the word ;)

  6. Valentina @Hortus says:

    We're having a surplus of cherries from our trees and I already made a small batch of regular low-sugar jam, and another one thickened with agar agar instead of pectin! I am really curious to try chia jam, I didn't think you only needed 1 tbsp for all that fruit :)

    1. Oooohh, cherries would be amazing! Yep, 1 tablespoon was all I needed. I was hoping a small amount would work and it did! They soak up the juices and make a perfectly good jam. Cheers :)

  7. Hi, I'm crazy for your blog! It's really nice and full of smart, healthy, delicious recipe like this chia jam. I'll try your recipes as soon as possible, starting with chia jam, chia pudding or chia pancake (I've never used chia seed). Thank for your tip!

  8. I LOVE chia jam! This combination (without the chia seeds) of berries in jam we call "Queen jam" in Sweden, no idea why but it's definitely fit for a queen ;)

  9. I tried this the other day with strawberries and omg was delicious!!! can't wait to try your version :)

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