Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

This Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds.  It’s delicious slathered on toast, between sliced bread for a PB&J sandwich, and I also love to swirl it in my hot oatmeal in the morning instead of honey.  

This delicious Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds, and it comes together in about 20 minutes

I love to make homemade jam using juicy ripe berries. Adding a little honey for sweetness and chia seeds for thickness, this chia seed jam  is delicious, nutritious and comes together in just 20 minutes.

This delicious Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds, and it comes together in about 20 minutes

Traditional homemade jam is often sweetened with sugar and thickened with pectin, but for this jam recipe we use honey as a sweetener (you can also use pure maple syrup) and chia seeds for thickening instead of pectin. Jams that are made without pectin are a little thinner than traditional jams. Even though the texture might not be spot-on, it’s close enough and the flavor makes up for any texture disappointments you might have.

CHIA SEED JAM RECIPE

  • Fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • Honey 
  • Chia seeds

HOW TO MAKE JAM

This easy jam recipe comes together in about 20 minutes start-to-finish.  It’s so easy to make that it’s likely to become one of your favorite jam recipes!

  1. Simmer half of the berries in a large saucepan with honey. 
  2. Lightly smash the mixture.
  3. Add the remaining berries and chia seeds and simmer until jam thickens.
  4. After jam cools, transfer to a mason jar and refrigerate.

This delicious Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds, and it comes together in about 20 minutes

WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are a member of the mint family and they’re eaten like whole grains, but they’re actually a carbohydrate-rich seed of a non-grass plant. 

BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS 

Are chia seeds good for you?  (1)

Yes!  Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse! They’re a rich source of…

  • Antioxidants
  • Minerals (Calcium, potassium, magnesium and manganese)
  • Omega 3 (they are one of the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Vitamins A, B, D and E
  • Protein (they are a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids, making them a good protein source for vegans and vegetarians)
  • Fiber 

These nutrients help to…

  • Aid digestion
  • Boost immune system
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Possibly lose weight

CHIA SEEDS WEIGHT LOSS

Chia seeds are a rich source of fiber, and fiber absorbs water in the stomach which helps to curb appetite.  The protein found in chia seeds also helps to curb appetite by making us feel full longer.   Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain about 140 calories, 4 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. High fiber diets have been linked to weight loss.

CHIA SEEDS IN WATER

Chia seeds absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid.  You can make a chia seed gelatin by mixing 1/4 cup chia seeds in 1 cup water that can be added to smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal, etc. for a thicker consistency and for the added nutritional benefits.  You can also make a chia seed “egg” substitute by blending 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water to replace 1 egg for baking.  

HOW TO EAT CHIA SEEDS

If you’ve ever wondered how to use chia seeds, here are a few ideas to help you incorporate more chia seeds into your diet.

  • Sprinkle them over your yogurt
  • Stir them into oatmeal
  • Add them to smoothies
  • Use chia to make an egg substitute when recipes call for eggs 
  • Add to water and juices to make chia seed drinks

This delicious Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds, and it comes together in about 20 minutes

CHIA SEED RECIPES

Originally published 1.2019 – updated 7-2020

This delicious Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds, and it comes together in about 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This delicious Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam is sweetened with honey and thickened with chia seeds, and it comes together in about 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup clover honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine half of the berries in a large saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Add the honey and bring to a boil. Stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  4. Using the back of a spoon or a fork, lightly smash the mixture.
  5. Add the remaining berries and chia seeds.
  6. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes or until the jam has thickened.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Add the jam to a mason jar and refrigerate.

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