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Berry Chia Jam – Three ways

posted by Melissa Huggins January 21, 2016 6 Comments
It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in under 5 minutes.
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It’s a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in 10 minutes or less.

It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in under 5 minutes. We go through a lot of this stuff around here. We use it on toast, crackers, pancakes, hot cereal, homemade coconut yogurt and almond butter and jam sandwiches. It goes fast, so I usually make 3 batches at a time. Today, I made blackberry, raspberry and strawberry chia jam. It’s fun to have a variety of flavors for everyone’s taste buds. My son always goes for the strawberry and I hoard the blackberry. It works out well.

It takes less than minutes to make

When we run out of jam, it’s no biggie at all, because it’s so quick & easy to make. Just heat a cup of your favorite berries until they start to soften and break down. Mash them up, and add pure maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, vanilla extract, chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt. The chia seeds will swell and the jam will start to thicken. Set aside to cool, and you’ll have the tastiest jam in no time!

Store the chia jam in a air-tight container, and it will last in the fridge for about a week. Most likely you’ll devour it before then. Also, you can store a batch in the freezer for 3 months. It’s always good to have extra on hand for emergencies. 😉

It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in under 5 minutes.
Chia Jam is much healthier than store-bought varieties

The only thing missing in this homemade jam, is all the sugar and nasty preservatives found in store-bought. The berries will add tons of sweetness on their own. I did add pure maple syrup, but feel free to omit if you want a sugar free variety.

Chia seeds are gluten-free, grain free and they’re loaded with, fiber, calcium, omega-3s, and antioxidants. They work well in this recipe, because they inflate when added to liquid and create a thick gel-like texture. So, you can skip the processed sugar, and use the seeds to create the thickness needed for the jam. These are some magical seeds!

I promise that you’re going to love this jam. You probably won’t ever buy it again after making your own. It’s fresh, sweet and delicious! Plus you’ll save some money, too. Sounds like a good deal, right? So, let’s get this chia party started!

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It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in under 5 minutes.
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Berry Chia Jam – Three ways
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in 10 minutes or less.

Course: Condiment
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Oil-free, Vegan
Servings: 7
Calories: 40 kcal
Author: Melissa | Vegan Huggs
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blackberries, raspberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or preferred salt)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the blackberries over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, than reduce heat and gently simmer until the berries soften and break apart, about 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently.
  2. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the berries lightly, leaving some pieces. Stir in the maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, chia seeds and salt. Cook on low for another 1-2 minutes. The jam will thicken up more when cooled.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour in air-tight jar. This should last about a week in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

*If you'd like it a little sweeter, just add another 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of maple syrup.

 

*If using frozen strawberries, let them thaw for 20-30 minutes. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Berry Chia Jam – Three ways
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chia JamIf you make this Berry Chia Jam, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me, Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs.

 

*If you’d like to pin for later 🙂 

It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in under 5 minutes.

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6 Comments

Joanne January 26, 2016 at 12:24 am

Thanks for sharing this Melissa! I’m so going to try this soon! 😀

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mhuggs January 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Joanne, you’re welcome! Thank you for your comment. Let me know how you like it 🙂

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Angie - WhippedGreenGirl July 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm

You pics are beyond beautiful! Pulled me in right away! I’ve always wanted to take a stab at making jams but I’m no kitchen maverick like yourself lol. Your version seems simple, healthy and yummy! Thanks for pinning 🙂

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mhuggs July 12, 2016 at 10:22 am

Hi Angie, Thank you so much! This jam is easy and so much healthier than store-bought. You should give it a try. 🙂 Thank you for your comment 🙂

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Anca January 25, 2017 at 7:51 am

I cannot see the recipe, only the photos and the description before the recipe, with the promise to be super tasty… I don’t understand where I can find it !

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Melissa Huggins January 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

Hi Anca, I’m so sorry about that. Some of my recipes were erased when I changed a plugin. I must’ve missed this one. I fixed it now. Thank you for alerting me 🙂

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