Chia Seed Jam: A Tasty Swap

Chia Seed Jam in jar next to strawberries
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When trying to maintain a diet, finding alternatives for our sugary treats can really impact our journey.

For those who savor the flavor of jam but seek a healthier choice, chia seed jam is a good option.

This easy-to-make homemade spread is rich in nutrients, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids making it a guilt-free addition to your morning toast or lunchtime sandwich.

In this piece, we will delve into the advantages of chia seed jam and guide you through creating your own batch at home.

Exploring the Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be black or white, originating from Mexico and Guatemala, and are gaining popularity due to their content.

They boast levels of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Moreover, they serve as a source of omega 3 acids that promote heart health, brain function and reduce inflammation in the body.

One remarkable feature of chia seeds is their ability to absorb liquid and form a gel consistency. This characteristic makes them perfect for crafting jam that spreads effortlessly.

Rice porridge with coconut milk and raspberry chia jam

Crafting Chia Seed Jam

Lets now dive into how you can whip up your own chia seed jam.
Here’s a simple recipe, for berry chia seed jam.


2 cups of berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or a mix)
2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (adjust according to taste)
1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  1. In a saucepan, mix the berries and honey or maple syrup. You can use frozen berries without thawing.
  2. Heat the mixture on low heat stirring occasionally until the berries soften and release their juices (5-10 minutes).
  3. Use a potato masher to crush the berries to your preferred consistency.
  4. For a jam texture, blend with an immersion blender.
  5. Add chia seeds and lemon juice (if desired) and simmer for 2-3 minutes while stirring regularly.
  6. Remove from heat and let the jam cool for 5 minutes; it will thicken as it cools.
  7. Transfer the jam into a sealed container. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Time: 15-20 minutes

Serving Suggestions and Variations

Chia seed jam is versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways! Spread on grain toast, mix into yogurt or oatmeal, or use as a topping for pancakes or waffles.

It’s also perfect for filling cookies or layering in breakfast parfaits.

Feel free to mix and match fruits to create different flavors. You can try out berry jam, play around with cherry lime jam or even experiment with a peach vanilla version. Adjust the sweetness level to suit your taste preferences or skip it if your fruits are naturally sweet.

Chia seed jam offers an alternative to store-bought jams that are often high in sugar and low in nutrients. By making your chia seed jam at home, you have the freedom to select ingredients, customize flavors, and enjoy a spread in fiber, protein and healthy fats.

Adding chia seeds to your diet through this jam recipe can contribute to improving your health and well-being.

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