Easy Chia Seed Jam (Refined Sugar-Free)

September 11, 2019

Breakfast

By: Jasmine Briones 

Learn how to make an easy chia seed jam at home with just 4 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time. It’s a healthier alternative to store bought jam, a great way to pack more berries into your diet and can be used just as you would regular jam!

Chia seed jam in a jar surrounded by fresh berries, lemon and toast by sweet simple vegan

Growing up, strawberry jam was, well, my jammmm haha. I loved it in the morning on my toast with butter, plopped onto oatmeal bowls for added flavor and sweetness and even for my lunches (or lazy dinners) paired with some peanut butter. I used to eat it quite often but never thought to look at the label and see what exactly was in the jam I was eating– specifically how much sugar and preservatives were in the jam!

Homemade chia seed jam is the perfect preservative to store bought jam because you know exactly what is going into it and it’s made with more love, right? No preservatives, no refined (or excess) sugars and no canning necessary!

Ingredients on a wooden board to make homemade chia seed jam by sweet simple vegan

This recipe requires 4 simple ingredients — berries of your choice, chia seeds, lemon juice and coconut sugar (or a sweetener of your choice) — that’s it!

How To Make Chia Seed Jam

Step by step instructions on how to make chia seed jam at home; berries in a gray pan.

Step 1: If you are using fresh berries, roughly chop them before using. Add the berries to a small pot over medium heat along with 3 tablespoons of water.  Cook until the berries begin to break down and become syrupy in texture, about 12-14 minutes. Use the back of a spatula or a potato masher to mash the fruit, leaving it as smooth or as lumpy as you like.

Step by step instructions on how to make chia seed jam at home; berries in a gray pan.

Step 2: Once the berries have broken down, stir in the coconut sugar and cook the mixture for 2 minutes more.

Step by step instructions on how to make chia seed jam at home; berries being cooked down in a gray pan.

Step 3: Remove the pot from heat and stir in the chia sees and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly to combine.

Step by step instructions on how to make chia seed jam at home; berries being cooked down in a gray pan.

Step 4: Allow the mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes to thicken. The longer it sits, the thicker it will get! Transfer the chia seed jam to an airtight jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Done!

Spreading chia seed jam on a piece of toast by sweet simple vegan

A few notes:

  • Transfer the chia seed jam to an airtight jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • I used a mixture of strawberries and blueberries for this jam, but you can use any mixture of berries of your choice. Blackberries and raspberries would be great in this!
  • You can also use a liquid sweetener of your choice in this recipe instead of coconut sugar if you prefer.
  • This jam can be frozen if you would like to make a big batch at once. We just suggest placing the jar or container that it is in in the refrigerator to thaw overnight before using.

Toast with chia seed jam and peanut butter on a wooden board by sweet simple vegan

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Chia seed jam in a jar surrounded by fresh berries, lemon and toast by sweet simple vegan

Easy Chia Seed Jam (Refined Sugar-Free)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups chia jam

Description

Learn how to make an easy chia seed jam at home with just 4 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time. It a healthier alternative to store bought jam, a great way to pack more berries into your diet and can be used just as you would regular jam!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen berries of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar * (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. If you are using fresh berries, roughly chop them before using. Add the berries to a small pot over medium heat along with 3 tablespoons of water.  Cook until the berries begin to break down and become syrupy in texture, about 12-14 minutes. Use the back of a spatula or a potato masher to mash the fruit, leaving it as smooth or as lumpy as you like.
  2. Once the berries have broken down, stir in the coconut sugar and cook the mixture for 2 minutes more.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the chia sees and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes to thicken. The longer it sits, the thicker it will get! Transfer the chia seed jam to an airtight jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • I used a mixture of strawberries and blueberries for this jam, but you can use any mixture of berries of your choice. Blackberries and raspberries would be great in this!
  • You can also use a liquid sweetener of your choice in this recipe instead of coconut sugar if you prefer.
  • This jam can be frozen if you would like to make a big batch at once. We just suggest placing the jar or container that it is in in the refrigerator to thaw overnight before using.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Spread, Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-free, Spread, Breakfast, chia seed, jam, summer

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. Ashley says:

    Looks so yum! Going to make this with my kids next week. ♥

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