Chia Jams

And no, I’m not talking about 90s style Chia Pet jingles. I’m talking jams and jellies made with chia seeds that will change your life!

I recently discovered these and I cannot stop making them. It’s so easy and they’re so versatile! I’ve made grape jam, raspberry jam (personal favorite) and blueberry jam so far. I am going to try more and add them on as I try them.

All you need is your fruit of choice and chia seeds. I sometimes add lemon and honey to sweeten it a bit and give it a little life with the citrus/ in there, but in the most basic sense that’s all you need!

I also like to use frozen fruits for this, but I’m sure fresh would also be delicious. I just tend to eat the fresh stuff before I get to making things with it. Additionally when you use the frozen fruit, there’s usually a little bit more liquid, which the chia seeds will “use” when they do their thing and thicken the jam. The berries have also been sitting it their own juices for longer, so I feel like it gives it a little bit more flavor.

Chia Fruit Jams: What You Need

Raspberry Jam ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • couple squeezes fresh lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • * honey and lemon are optional, but raspberries tend to be very tart, so I like to cut it a bit with the honey, especially if the kids are going to eat it.

Raspberry Jam Directions:

  1. Let the raspberries thaw in the bag
  2. Add raspberries to container of choice and mash them up a bit. Add lemon and honey.
  3. Add chia seeds and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Place in Fridge and use as needed.

I have used this jam in my Cashew Butter Raspberry Jam Cups:

And obviously piled high on toast!

Blueberry Jam Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • couple squeezes fresh lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • * honey and lemon are optional, but we like blueberry lemon things!

Blueberry Jam Directions:

  1. Let the blueberries thaw in the bag
  2. Add blueberries to container of choice and mash them up a bit. Add lemon and honey.
  3. Add chia seeds and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Place in Fridge and use as needed.

Grape Jam Ingredients:

  • about 1c of grapes
  • 1/4c water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Grape Jam Directions:

  1. Place grapes and water in a high speed blender (I use Vitamin) and blend until you can’t really see the skins.
  2. Place the grape liquid mixture in your container of choice and add chia seeds. You could grind up the chia seeds so you don’t notice the texture as much, but honestly we didn’t mind it.

I know grape is typically a jelly and I described it as a jam here, because the chia seeds too give it a more jam type consistency, vs the gelatinous blobby consistency I feel like we are used to today, but it tastes delicious! I promise.

BlackBerry Jam Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen blackberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

BlackBerry Jam Directions:

  1. Let the blackberries thaw in the bag
  2. Add blackberries to container of choice and mash them up a bit.
  3. Add chia seeds and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Place in Fridge and use as needed.

*the blackberry jam can be a bit “seedy” and have a bit of a crunch to it. For some reason blackberries are seedier (more seedy?) thank raspberries and tend to retain that, but we still thoroughly enjoy it. You’ll also note i did not add honey and lemon as they are naturally more sweet than raspberries❤️

I really like the black berry jam on toast or in yogurt with walnuts!

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