This easy chia jam is a delicious way to eat more berries on a regular basis. The recipe has been a long time coming. I received an unsettling call from the doctor’s office early last year. Don’t worry, I’m completely fine. I am, however, as neurotic as ever. I’m also a natural-born researcher, so I dove straight into the internet for more information. It’s better to do something than to do nothing, you know?
I opened at least fifty tabs to read the latest research about the cancer-fighting, insulin-stabilizing, life-giving powers of whole foods. Food really can be the best medicine—or at least, the best preventative medicine. I love that blogging allows me to promote whole foods via delicious recipes. I don’t talk much about nutrition since I’m not a dietitian, but here we go!
I zeroed in a fascinating phytochemical called ellagic acid, which is found in strawberries, raspberries and other (mostly red-skinned) fruit. Ellagic acid shows a lot of promise in preventing and fighting cancer, among other rather miraculous attributes.
I resolved to eat more raspberries. I really don’t eat enough fruit as it is. Fresh raspberries posed a problem, though—they aren’t in season year-round, and they’re really expensive when they’re not.
Have you ever spent five dollars on a tiny container of organic raspberries, only to find that they’re moldy when you get home? Majorly disappointing. Plus, I’m only one person, and sometimes fresh fruit gets lost in my refrigerator before I can get to it.
Watch How to Make Easy Chia Seed Jam
One day, I tried defrosting some frozen organic raspberries in my fridge overnight. I piled them onto peanut butter toast the next morning, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them. Raspberries release a lot of moisture when they defrost, which lends them a natural jam-like consistency. Plus, you can buy a big bag of frozen raspberries for the same price as one little container of fresh berries.
I eventually added blueberries for even more flavor and more potent antioxidants. Then, I added some chia seeds to absorb some extra moisture and make the mixture more jammy. Bonus? Chia seeds offer some extra fiber and some omega-3’s.
Now, my breakfasts aren’t complete without a copious amount of this berry chia jam. It’s so delicious, and I love beginning the day with a couple servings of fruit.
I’m generally not great at advance food preparation, but this berry “jam” could not be easier to make and keeps well for about a week. Just be sure to factor in time for the berries to thaw (about three hours at room temperature or overnight in the fridge).
How to Serve Chia Seed Jam
This chia jam is great on toast with nut butter. It’s also fantastic on yogurt (perhaps with granola) and chia seed pudding. Try it on pancakes, waffles and bagels, too.
This jam doesn’t taste like traditional, super-sweet jams because it’s made with raw berries, not cooked, and only contains as much sweetener as you want it to. I generally don’t add any, since it tastes sweet enough to me already.
I’m not sure this recipe will be everyone’s “jam,” (sorry), but I love it and I’m thrilled to hear that it’s been a hit in your kitchens, too.
Please let me know how you like this recipe in the comments! Your feedback and star ratings are so important to me. ♥
Easy Berry Chia Seed Jam
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes (Plus 3 hours chill time)
- Yield: 2 ⅔ cups 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Overnight
- Cuisine: Vegan
This easy chia seed jam recipe is made with defrosted raw blueberries and raspberries (no cooking required)! Eat more nutritious berries with this healthy jam. Recipe yields roughly 2 ⅔ cups.
- 10 to 12 ounces (around 2 ½ cups) frozen raspberries, preferably organic
- 10 to 12 ounces (around 2 ¼ cups) frozen blueberries, preferably organic or wild
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (about ½ medium orange, juiced)
- Up to 4 tablespoons maple syrup (optional), to taste
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the frozen raspberries and blueberries, chia seeds and orange juice. Cover and let the mixture defrost for about three hours at room temperature, or overnight in the refrigerator (the front of the bottom shelf in the fridge is the ideal spot for defrosting, since it’s generally the warmest area).
- Once the berries are defrosted and soft, use a potato masher (or the back of a big spoon or serving fork should work) to mash up the mixture to your desired consistency. I like some texture in my jam, so I don’t mash it much.
- Taste, and if you’d like a sweeter jam, stir in some maple syrup, to taste (keep in mind that you can always just drizzle maple syrup or honey onto your jam later, if you prefer). If the chia seeds aren’t nice and plump yet, let the mixture rest for about 20 minutes to let them absorb some more moisture.
- I love this jam on toast/pancakes/waffles/bagels, with yogurt and granola, and in chia seed pudding. Store leftover jam in the refrigerator, covered, for about 5 days.
Why buy organic? Conventionally grown berries are generally exposed to lots of pesticides while growing, so organic berries really are worth the extra expense (fortunately, frozen berries are cheaper than fresh!). Organic fruit also tends to be higher in nutrients than conventionally grown fruit (wild blueberries are even higher than regular blueberries).
Change it up: You can use all blueberries or all raspberries in this recipe, but I love to use half of each. I don’t enjoy strawberries nearly as much, but they’ll work. This recipe is really designed for frozen berries, since they naturally release so much of their juices as they thaw. To use fresh berries, you would need to cook them to release enough juices; see this recipe for guidance.
On canning: I am not a canning expert and have no idea if this recipe can be canned safely, so please don’t do it. It’s designed to be a simple, everyday recipe.
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This will put to use one of my favorite tools, a Lamson Mini Masher.
Have you ever done a favorite tools posting? I’m always interested to see the favorite tools of others
Hi Rod! Head over to my shop page (top of the blog above the logo!) It has my kitchen essentials.
Karen Kennedy Hocking
I love the simplicity of this recipe. I have mashed fresh berries and used them on top of homemade toasted bread for years, but this takes taste up a notch and gives me another method to use my chia seeds.
Question; Any issues with using flax seeds? I generally mix chia seeds and flax seeds together and grind them up before adding to juices. Love the way they absorb and solidify.
Hi Karen! I haven’t tried flax with this, so I’m not sure. I’m glad you love it though!
How long does this chia seed jam last in the refrigerator?
Hi Martita, see the last step. :) Store leftover jam in the refrigerator, covered, for about 5 days.
Love this! It’s the first chia jam I’ve come across that doesn’t involve cooking, it’s super simple and really tasty. I also skipped the mashing as it was the perfect consistency after a quick stir.
Thank you for sharing, Katie! I appreciate your review.
Thanks for the recipe! I’m curious… in your strawberry chia jam, you cook it but in this one, you don’t. I have a bag of mixed berries with strawberries, would it be ok not to cook?
I’ve also popped a can of coconut milk in the fridge, can’t wait to try whipped coconut cream!
Hi! They are two different recipes. I hope you enjoy it!
Lisa Diane Bradbury
Hi I made the chia seed jam but I used pineapple, blueberries and cranberries, it tastes very fresh and I love it. Thank you for the recipe.
I made this recipe to mix with plan Greek yogurt. Like the taste but would like it to be thicker. Should I mix in more Chia? I add more maple syrup or honey when mixing it with yogurt.
Such a simple and easy recipe but so delish!! Thank you!
You’re welcome, Sue-Ann! I appreciate your review.