Blueberry Chia Seed Jam is an easy homemade jam that is not only delicious, naturally sweetened, gluten free and vegan but requires only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes to make!
Blueberry Chia Seed Jam is the perfect quick and easy jam, that you will literally want to spread on all the things! It’s perfect on everything from a piece of toast to oatmeal.
Now strawberry has always been my favorite but this Blueberry Chia Seed Jam is definitely giving strawberry a run for it’s money! I mean PB & J’s were a staple in my household so I know what I’m talking about. I have tried all the flavors of jams out there.
This recipe only requires 6 ingredients and is naturally sweetened. The perfect healthy alternative to the traditional sugary jams!
- Chia Seeds – These are easy to find at any natural grocery store and most big grocers these days. They are high in protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and rich in antioxidants.
- Frozen Blueberries – I think frozen works best for this recipe as the blueberries are picked at their peak ripeness and provide a natural sweetness. However, if you only have fresh that will work as well.
- Pure Maple Syrup – Use pure maple syrup not the breakfast kind. If you do not have any on hand agave would be a good substitute.
- Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice is best and adds a great brightness in flavor.
- Spices – Don’t skip out on the dash of nutmeg or cinnamon this adds a wonderful flavor! A dash simply means a small pinch or light sprinkle.
How to Make?
In a small pan over medium heat add your blueberries, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes. While simmering mash your berries with a fork. I generally mash most of them up leaving a few intact.
If you like a thinner jam mash them all up.
Remove from the heat add chia seeds, maple syrup and lemon juice and stir to incorporate together.
Let the mixture cool down and gel up. It will be thick enough to use within 5-10 minutes however it will get even thicker as it sets longer.
Spread on toast, top on oatmeal or dollop on chia pudding.
Tips For Sucess:
- Mash to your preference of consistency. If you prefer a thinner jam (or more of a jelly texture) you will want to make sure to mash the berries up really well. A potato masher may work better to achieve this.
- Don’t skip the simmer. Allowing the berries to simmer breaks them down, allows the juices to release and brings out the blueberry flavor. If you try to rush and skip this step your results won’t be as tasty.
- Make it your own. To me the flavors are well balanced. Slightly sweet, a splash of brightness from the citrus and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel free however to adjust the flavor to your preferences. If you like a sweeter jam try adding 1-2 more tablespoons of maple syrup.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will last between 7-14 days, if you don’t use it all up before then!
No, it is not safe to can homemade jams that contain chia seeds. There is a possibility of bacteria growth and I would not recommend any method of canning for this recipe.
How To Use My Jam?
This jam can be used like you would any other jelly or jam! I like to enjoy this on things like toast, english muffins, bagels, pb & j or even oatmeal.
A few recipes you could enjoy your jam with:
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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- ½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- In a small pan over medium heat add your blueberries, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes. While simmering mash your berries with a fork. I generally mash most of them up leaving a few intact. If you like a thinner jam mash them all up.
- Remove from the heat add chia seeds, maple syrup and lemon juice and stir to incorporate together.
- Let the mixture cool down and gel up. It will be thick enough to use within 5-10 minutes however it will get even thicker as it sets longer.
- A dash simply means a light sprinkle or a pinch. Nutmeg is a pretty strong flavor so you do not want to add too much of this ingredient.
- If the jam is not sweet enough for your preference you can add another tablespoon of maple syrup.
- I like to only mash half of the blueberries and keep some whole if you want a smoother jam simply mash all of the berries.
- This is perfect served on an english muffin, toast, on PB & J or even in a big bowl of oats!