This raspberry chia jam is a cinch to make and tastes delicious on toast or in sponge cakes. It's naturally sweetened and a healthier alternative to store-bought jams.
why you'll love this recipe
I just know you'll love this recipe! It's:
- Naturally sweetened
- Made with just three ingredients
- Super customisable
- Vegan friendly!
How do chia seeds turn into jam?
When chia seeds are exposed to water, they puff up creating a moist, nutrient-dense layer around the seed. This creates a mucilaginous (gel-like) texture to our jam, meaning we don't need to use excess sugar or pectin to create a sticky jam!
how to make chia seed jam
Making your own healthy jam at home couldn't be easier. Simply add raspberries (fresh or frozen) to a small saucepan and cook down until juicy. Then stir in some agave syrup, lemon juice and the chia seeds.
To achieve a sticky jam-like texture, we'll need to leave the mixture for at least 20 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the moisture. Then it's ready to enjoy!
Psst! You can also make chia jam in the microwave - simply microwave the berries until soft and juicy, then stir in the remaining ingredients and leave to cool.
What to serve with this recipe
Here are a few of my favourite ways to enjoy this healthy raspberry jam:
- On toast with peanut butter
- On pancakes. To be honest, I would eat anything sweet on these banana oat pancakes.
- On oatmeal.
- On cakes! A dollop would be perfect on this polenta cake.
Yes. You can make this recipe using raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or even a combination!
Store-bought jam is high in sugar and preservatives so will last longer in the fridge. This homemade version will last up to 1 week in the fridge in an airtight jar.
Yes! That's a lovely idea. You can serve the jam in little jars wrapped with twine alongside a heartfelt message. You could also gift them some homemade cookies!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please leave a rating + review below and share your photos on Instagram tagging #shivanilovesfood!
Chia JamLEAVE A REVIEW PRINT RECIPE
- 120g / 4oz Raspberries fresh or frozen, or any other berries of choice
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup or agave syrup, or honey
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- Add the berries to a small saucepan and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes until juicy. Use a fork or wooden spoon to gently mash the berries. At this point, you can blend the berries if you so wish.
- Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, and chia seeds to the saucepan and mix together.
- Leave the jam for about 20 minutes to thicken up and cool down.
- Stir the jam before serving. Enjoy!
- Prepared chia seed jam will last up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge.
- You can also make chia jam in the microwave – simply microwave the berries until soft and juicy, then stir in the remaining ingredients and leave to cool.
Just a suggestion w/o malice. Microwaves kill the nutrients of any food. Definitely research it. Perhaps the stovetop to reduce down the fruit. ?
Hi Brittany, thanks for the tip! I have made this in the microwave as it is faster and easier, however you can make it on the stovetop if you wish 🙂 Have a great weekend!
I think I'm a alien but I have been buying a kind of jam that has 30% less sugar so maybe that did it