This Easy Chia Jam is the best jam ever. You only need 2 ingredients, and a pot. Works with every fruit, ready in 10 minutes. Naturally vegan, gluten-free and no sugar added !
You voted on my last LIVE Cook along with me on my Facebook page that I have to come up with an easy chia jam, so here I am sharing my all-time favourite chia jam recipe that anyone can create.
What Is Chia Jam?
Chia jam is basically a healthier, quicker and (most of the time) sugar free alternative to your shop-bought/ traditional jam. It takes literally 5 minutes to make and then 15 minutes to set in the fridge. I sometimes can't even wait that long!
Chia seeds are the main ingredients along with your choice of fruit. I love chia seeds, they are so versatile and can be used to create lots and lots of delicious recipes as well as being a great source of protein, fats, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and fibre.
You can buy these in any supermarket, or health shop. A small bag will last you for ages, unless you are like me and add them to your diet daily.
How Do You Make Chia Jam
Here are the ingredients you will need to make easy chia jam:
- Chia Seeds - any brand is fine as long there is nothing else added
- Frozen or Fresh fruit - I used frozen pitted cherries. You can use any fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or mixed berries. I found the jam to be thicker when using frozen fruit, but you can use fresh fruit too especially if it is seasonal
- Optional - I don't like the jam too sweet, so I don't add sugar, but you could use maple syrup, coconut sugar or whatever you have in your cupboard. You could also add cinnamon, vanilla extract or lemon juice. They all work well.
Now that you have all the ingredients, let's get making:
- In a pot over medium heat, add the frozen cherries and bring it gently to boil.
- Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes
- Using a fork or a potato masher break up some of the larger pieces
- Now add the chia seeds and mix well
- Let it simmer for another minute or until the jam starts to thicken, then take it off the heat and let it cool down
- Once cooled, transfer the chia jam to an airtight jar and pop in the fridge to set for around 15 minutes
How Do You Store Chia Jam
The recipe below makes approximately 1,5 cup, so this is not a huge amount. I usually get through it within couple of days. But if you are not as greedy as me, it keeps well for about a week in a closed jar in the fridge.
How to Serve Chia Seed Jam
My most favourite way to serve chia seed jam is spreading it on to a warm toast. Or in a sandwich with peanut butter and banana. You can stir it into my overnight oats, mix it in a smoothie bowl, or add it to chia pudding.
You can use any frozen or fresh fruit. Do not use tinned/canned fruit I like my chia jam with lumps but you can blend until smooth with a hand blender if you prefer no lumps. Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
You can use any frozen or fresh fruit. Do not use tinned/canned fruit
I like my chia jam with lumps but you can blend until smooth with a hand blender if you prefer no lumps.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.