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Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam

I can already tell this will be the first of many chia seed jams.ย Can you imagine a jam that’sย refined sugar-free, that actually tastes like fruit and is really easy to make? This is what I’m handing you with this Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam recipe.

Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam - Imagine a jam that's refined sugar-free, that actually tastes like fruit and is really easy to make. All you need is fruit, chia seeds and a liquid sweetener.

TGIT! (Thank God It’s Thursday) To celebrate the return of Scandal I am dedicating this Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam recipe to Olivia Pope and all Gladiators out there. Olivia this is the jam I hope you will make when you and Fitz finally settle down in Vermont. It’s delicious, healthy and quick which will leave you a lot of free time for other activities… ๐Ÿ™‚ My dear readers I am so sorry if you are not a Scandal fan and have no idea what I’m talking about. I did profess my undying love for that TV show here.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches used to be a family favourite before embarking on a healthier lifestyle but once you start reading food labels there is no way you will continue to eat store-bought jam. I wanted to try my hand at jam making but a quick google search discouraged me. Pectin and sugar required, tons of sugar. Really ?? No thanks! This is by no means a traditional jam. This is a real food jam. A healthy, tasty jam you will want to smother on everything.

All you need is fruit, fresh or frozen will do, chia seeds, a liquid sweetener like maple syrup, raw honey, agave etc, and homemade vanilla extract.

Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam - Imagine a jam that's refined sugar-free, that actually tastes like fruit and is really easy to make. All you need is fruit, chia seeds and a liquid sweetener.

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Chia seeds are the star of this recipe. If you know nothing of these seeds just know they are magical. Chock-full of Omega 3โ€™s and fibre. They can absorb liquid ten times their weight and that makes them the perfect binder. I use them to thicken stews, soups, puddings and now for this Chia Seed Jam. You will find chia seeds in white and black . There is no significant nutritional difference between the two.

Let’s get to jam making shall we. Pay attention Olivia, it’s handled!

Chia Seed Jam – How to

In a small saucepan mix berries and honey (or other liquid sweetener) Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Mash fruit with a potato masher or fork. The mixture should be a bit runny.

Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam - Imagine a jam that's refined sugar-free, that actually tastes like fruit and is really easy to make. All you need is fruit, chia seeds and a liquid sweetener.

Lower the heat and stir in chia seeds. Cook for a further 10 minutes while the mixture thickens. Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam - Imagine a jam that's refined sugar-free, that actually tastes like fruit and is really easy to make. All you need is fruit, chia seeds and a liquid sweetener.

Pour into an airtight glass jar.Cool completely before closing. Store in the fridge.

Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam - Imagine a jam that's refined sugar-free, that actually tastes like fruit and is really easy to make. All you need is fruit, chia seeds and a liquid sweetener.

This jam is heavenly. Once refrigerated it will keep for two weeks but it wont last that long. We use it on toast, crackers, in smoothies, as a topping on our favourite porridge and pancakes. Lately my favourite post workout snack is almond butter and Berry Cherry Chia Seed jam on a rice cake.

UPDATE

I recently made a mixed berry version of this jam. It is to die for! Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries. Absolutely delish!

Chia Seed Jam Recipe - Refined sugar-free, tastes like fruit and is really easy to make. All you need is 3 simple ingredients!

Go make this jam. Let me know how long yours lasted.

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Any Scandal fans out there? Team Olitz or Team Jake? Are you going to try to make this jam? Let me know in the comment section below!

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I’ve used this jam in these Oat Crumble Bars

oat crumble bars

And as a topping on Soaked Coconut Oil Oatmeal

soaked coconut oil oatmeal

But it would probably be pretty, pretty nice on this Gluten free bread

newbie gluten free bread

Or these pancakes

newbie gluten free pancakes

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Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam
 
Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam is refined sugar free, tastes like fruit and is really easy to make.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups strawberries
  • 1½ cups cherries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Mix berries and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Mash fruit with a potato masher or fork.
  3. Lower heat and add chia seeds.
  4. Cook for a further 10 minutes while mixture thickens.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Pour into airtight glass container.
  7. Cool completely before closing.
  8. Store in fridge.

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Hossen
    May 21, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Great article. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Reply
    Bailey
    March 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Could this jam be frozen?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 24, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Bailey, good question! I have frozen just the fruit with great success. For instance now strawberries are coming into season, so cook I them, make half the batch into jam and freeze the other. I later defrost the fruit and warm it through on the stove adding the chia and honey to taste. I have never frozen it as a ‘complete’ jam if that makes sense?

  • Reply
    vegetarianmamma (Cindy)
    March 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Love this! Thanks for linking up, I pinned this!

    -Cindy

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you Cindy!

  • Reply
    Marla
    March 4, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Krystal,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thank you for being part of Real Food Fridays and sharing with us. Looking forward to seeing you each week.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      This is wonderful news!! Thank you so much Marla! See you on Friday for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Marla
    March 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Krystal,
    This sounds great and I love the idea of putting chia seeds in the jam – adds protein and lot of important nutrient. I can’t eat strawberries but I sure can make it for my husband since he loves strawberry jam. So I will save your recipe for when the strawberries come in season in our area. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 1, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Marla! I am also anxiously awaiting strawberry season. Hope your hubby will like it.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Rachel
    February 9, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I have some chia seeds lying around that I need to use up. Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      I can’t think of a better way to use them up Rachel. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    miranda @lemonsandlaughs
    February 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    My husband just became chia obsessed. I will have to try this for him. Thanks for linking up at Sunday Recipe Wrap Up!!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Miranda! I hope he likes it.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    February 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    This looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try it. Healthy and easy=perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you Stephanie! Let me know how you like it!

  • Reply
    Sami
    February 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Yum! I love my chia jams. This recipe looks great!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Sami!

  • Reply
    Deborah Davis
    February 1, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Hi Krystal,
    I just hopped over from Natural Family Friday to check out your Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam. I use chia seeds daily so I was intrigued by this recipe. I can’t wait to make this. It is such a delight to discover your beautiful blog. The recipes and photos are so healthy, natural and delicious too. I subscribed and followed you on social media to stay in touch. Feel free to visit my blog when you have a chance. We share a lot in common. I’m pinning and sharing this recipe! All the best, Deborah

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks a lot Deborah! If you already use chia seeds then you will LOVE this jam! Will pop by and show you some love..:)

  • Reply
    Gayatri
    January 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Hey Krystal, this is a lovely blog! Can’t wait to try this jam out ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you think if I used just the 1 and 1/2 cup strawberries, it would be ok? Reducing the chia seeds and honey of course ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Krystal
      January 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you Gayatri! Yes I’ve made it with just strawberries. The only difference will be the colour of the jam. It’s the cherries that really give it that gorgeous merlot red hue..:)

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    January 31, 2015 at 9:13 am

    How easy and delicious is this chia berry jam! I love using chia seeds in my cooking and must try out this recipe..

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Its really is very easy. Give it a go and let me know what you think.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Chloe @ How We Flourish
    January 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I love chia seed jam and this version looks delicious! I’ll have to try this!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Chloe!

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    Andrea Fabry
    January 29, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve been looking for ways to use more chia seeds. This is perfect! I have a son with type 1 diabetes, so I’ll adjust to use stevia instead. Simple and yummy!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Andrea! Would you mind letting me know how you get on with stevia? I’d like to pass the info on to my T1 diabetic siblings.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Megan Stevens
    January 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    This looks great. Love that you smash it all and love the addition of cherries!! <3

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 29, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you Megan!!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    January 29, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    This sounds so yummy! I LOVE cherries and strawberries, such a yummy combo.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Emily! They pair very well indeed.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    January 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I *love* that sweet little jam jar! I need one! Love this recipe! I never thought to mix the two fruits and I bet my girls would love it! We go strawberry picking in June and cherry picking in July/Aug – I can’t wait to try this! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Renee, I much prefer it with fresh fruit. Fresh is always best!

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    January 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    What a great idea!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Tash
    January 29, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I have wanted to make chia seed jam for a few months now! It looks so easy, I guess I don’t have an excuse not to make it now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the great recipe! I’ll have to try it with the abundance of blueberries I have!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 29, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Go for it Tash, its too easy not to.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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