It’s a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in 10 minutes or less.
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. 😉
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!
It's a Berry Chia Jam party! Pick your favorite flavor & this homemade goodness will be yours in 10 minutes or less.
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.
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.
Remove from heat and let cool. Pour in air-tight jar. This should last about a week in the fridge.
*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.
If 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 🙂