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Berry Chia Seed Jam (Healthy + Easy)

Fresh homemade Chia Seed Jam made with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries is quick and easy to make. It 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!

Why We Love This Recipe!

  • Making chia seed jam is so easy, and you really can’t go wrong here. The ingredients are minimal and the instructions simple, making this an easy staple to make and have on hand.
  • You control the sweetener or make it sugar-free. My blackberries were so sweet and delicious that I probably would’ve been fine without any sweetener, but I added some for good measure.
  • You can 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.

Chia Jam Ingredients

This 4 ingredient jam recipe 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 anti-cancer benefits. I highly recommend seeking out organic berries as an added measure of heart-smart eating. If you decide to use 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. Though 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 it on the stovetop. It can also be made raw by following the directions in the recipe card below.

  • Add the berries to a small saucepan, and 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 the 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 berries start boiling, remove them from the heat and add sweetener if needed. 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 the warm berry chia jam into a jar and let it cool for a few minutes. Cover and refrigerate to thicken.

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

Top Tips

  • Chia jam can be made on the stovetop or 100% raw!
  • Feel free to use just one or two types of berries instead of three. Choose from strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla for another layer of delicious flavor!

Canning chia seed Jam?

Unfortunately, chia seed jam is not suitable for canning because it uses less sugar than traditional jam recipes and the chia seeds have a low pH level, which creates an environment that’s not ideal for safe long-term storage through canning. But it is so easy to make in small batches and store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or frozen for 2 – 3 months.

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 in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. We like to use mason jars or other jars that seal tightly. 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 easy chia 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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Rich in antioxidants, this healthy berry chia seed jam with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries is lip-smacking and delicious! You can cook it 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 11 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 and 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 the 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 for a few minutes. Cover and place in the refrigerator to thicken. 

Store in the refrigerator. It 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 a blender or 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 of 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.

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






  3. 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!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you! I just saw your message over there. Have a lovely day. :)

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

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you! Cheers to prevention! :)

      1. Amy kruse says:

        Can this be jarred and canned ?

        1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

          Unfortunately, chia seed jam is not suitable for canning because it uses less sugar than traditional jam recipes and the chia seeds have a low ph level. Together these reasons create an environment that’s not ideal for safe long-term storage through canning. But it is so easy to make in small batches and keep stored in the fridge for 2 weeks.

  5. Valentina 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. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      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 :)

  6. 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!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you so much Claudia! I hope you enjoy them all. Cheers :)

  7. 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 ;)

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      I love it! Thanks for that bit of info…definitely fit for a queen. :)

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

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      That sounds delicious! I'm looking forward to trying strawberries soon. :)

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