Making your own jam doesn’t have to involve a complicated canning process or tons of added sugar. It can, but it doesn’t have to. Today, I’m going to show you THE easiest and fastest way to make some “Berry Amazing” Chia Jam – No recipe required. 3 ingredients. Practically fail-proof and a sweet spread you can feel good about feeding your family or yourself.
The summer is the perfect time to try your own chia jam packed with whole fresh fruit BUT frozen fruit works just as great. So, if you’re making this in the winter or without fresh produce around, it’s still going to taste great and be equally nourishing.
If you’re not super familiar with chia seeds, they will act as a sponge that soaks up excess liquid. In this case, the liquid is from the fruit. This binding quality is why chia seeds in chia pudding, overnight oats, and as egg replacements in vegan baking are so popular. It works!
Chia seeds might come in a small little package but they are LOADED with nutrition. In only two tablespoons, you’ll find 10 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18% of your daily calcium needs, 12% of your daily iron needs, 27% of your phosphorus needs, and other micro-minerals like magnesium, manganese, zinc, and copper. Chia seeds also have more omega-3s gram for gram than salmon although it’s in a different form (ALA vs DHA). Either way, chia seeds are a fantastic way to keep you regular, keep you satisfied, and elevate your nutrition. Oh! Annnnd! Because chia seeds can absorb 12 times their size in water, it’s a great way to consume additional fluids if you consume soaked chia seeds (like in the jam).
Ok, clearly I could talk about chia seed nutrition ALL day but let’s get to the good stuff aka the berry amazing chia jam recipe that’s so easy you don’t even need a “recipe.”
Berry Amazing Chia Jam
- About 2 1/2 cups of chopped berries (strawberries, pitted cherries, blueberries, raspberries) – fresh or frozen will work. If you want all strawberry jam with fresh strawberries, use an entire regular pint (16ooz) container or strawberries.
- 2 spoonfuls (tablespoons) chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, sugar, or honey (I’ve tried to use no sweetener and it ends up tasting like cold gelatinous water with a hint of berry – use some sweetener)
Pour fruit and sweetener in a medium sized saucepan and heat over medium-low until fruit starts to break down. The smaller you cut the fruit, the sooner this will happen but should take between 20-30 minutes. If the fruit is starting to burn on the bottom before the liquid is released, add one spoonful of water. Once the fruit is completely softened and cooked down (again, depending on how big or small you cut the fruit, you may need to slightly fork mash the berries once they start to heat), remove from heat and stir in chia seeds. Let set for 5 – 10 minutes before pouring in container to store in fridge. Keep in mind, this is not a sterile process so the jam needs to be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy spread on toast, waffles, pancakes, PB + J sandwiches, or anywhere you want to enjoy some berry amazing chia jam!